LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – The Husson University baseball team lost the final two games to Lyndon State Sunday afternoon to even the season series 2-2 after a 6-1 loss in game one and a 8-6 loss in game two at Skip Pound Field.
Both pitchers battled to start the game as neither team could muster a run over the first four innings. Husson was able to grab one run in the top of the fifth as pitcher Jeff Williams hit a batter with the bases loaded and no outs. However, Williams followed that up with a strikeout and then forced two groundballs for outs to get out of the innings without any more damage.
The Hornet offense backed up their senior with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead. Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, Maine) doubled to lead off the inning and then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tufo. Devon Rollins singled to the shortstop to plate Ben Rollins. Three batters later, Trevor Markey (Ocoee, Fla.) singled to left center to bring home Devon Rollins and Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.).
Lyndon tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the sixth to give Williams an even bigger cushion. After Zak Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) doubled to lead off the inning, Codi Smith (Hartford, Vt.) singled up the middle to score Johnson. With two outs and the bases loaded, Eason Jr. ripped a single through the left side to bring home Smith and Tufo for the 6-1 lead.
Despite two singles in the top of the seventh, Williams closed out the game without letting in another run.
Williams went the complete seven innings to pick up his third win of the season, allowing seven hits and one run while fanning five. Cordeiro, Eason Jr., Markey, and Smith all smacked two hits with Eason Jr. and Markey contributing two RBIs each.
The Hornets wasted no time taking the lead in game two as Devon Rollins led off the bottom of the first with a double, followed by a walk from Cordeiro. Eason Jr. then dropped down a bunt to make it to first but the throw went past first base, allowing Rollins to score and Cordeiro to move to third. Jason Doris (Lincoln, R.I.) followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Cordeiro.
The Eagles rallied in the top of the third, taking a 4-3 lead. Logan Rogerson drove a single up the middle to plate Matthew Smith. After Rogerson advanced to second on a wild pitch, Mike Wong knocked a double to center for two runs to tie the game at 3-3. Two batters later, Sam Huston singled through the left side to score Wong and take the lead.
Stewart tied it up in the bottom of the third with an RBI-groundout for Cordeiro's second run of the game.
Husson answered back though with an RBI-double from Smith and a sac fly from Cam Archer for the 6-3 lead.
Lyndon got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when Tufo scored from second off a single to left from Devon Rollins.
Jake Jourdain (Becket, Mass.) came in to hold the Eagles in the top of the fifth, keeping the Hornets down just two runs at 6-4.
Eason Jr. and Doris started off the bottom half of the fifth with back-to-back singles and then advanced a base on a sac bunt from Stewart. Johnson then singled through the left side, bringing in Eason Jr. Smith followed with a sac fly to center to tie the game 6-6 with Doris coming home. Ben Rollins was awarded first on a catcher's interference to keep the inning alive with two outs. Tufo loaded the bases after laying down a bunt for a single. After a pitching change, Devon Rollins pulled a ball down the third base line that hit the base and bounced off into foul territory, allowing Johnson and Ben Rollins to score for the 8-6 lead. The rally ended there though as Tufo was thrown out at third after Rollins crossed the plate.
Andrew Whalen came in at the beginning of the sixth inning and recorded six straight outs, including three strikeouts, to close the door for his league-leading ninth save.
Jourdain picked up the win for his second of the year while James Mundy (Brentwood, N.H.) the no-decision in four innings of work for the Hornets.
Devon Rollins and Eason Jr. each racked up three hits and a run while Rollins added three RBIs. Tufo went 2-for-3 with a run.
The Hornets (16-12, 9-7 NAC) host Castleton on Tuesday for a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. to continue conference play.
The Eagles (18-14, 11-7 NAC) play a doubleheader at UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. as well.