Hornets Split with Lions After Seventh Inning Rally Comes up Short in Game 2

Hornets Split with Lions After Seventh Inning Rally Comes up Short in Game 2
AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Lyndon State College baseball team picked up a 9-6 win in game one over Penn. St.-Altoona before coming up short in a seventh inning comeback 6-5 in the second game.

Game 1

The Hornets jumped on top early with three runs in the first inning before the Lions answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.  The Hornets added one more in the top of the second when Devon Rollins stole second then third base before sliding around the tag at home on a ball hit into the infield by Ryan Cordeiro.  However, the Lions took their first lead of the game 5-4 after a three-run second inning.

Zak Johnson batted in Ben Rollins to start a Hornet rally in the top of the third inning.  Then Codi Smith scored on a wild pitch as Johnson made his way over to third base before Sam Ognenoff laid down a squeeze bunt to plate Johnson to go up 7-5.

Lyndon finally locked down defensively in the bottom of the third to hold Penn. St. scoreless and then plated two insurance runs in the top of the fourth.  Penn. St. tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to catch up in the final two innings as John Boulay and Andrew Whalen kept the Lions in check.

Ben Rollins finished the game with two RBIs and one run while going 3-for-4 at the plate for the Hornets.  Johnson knocked two hits, batted in three runs, scored once, and swiped two bases.  Cordeiro and Devon Rollins each stole three bases, scored twice, and cracked a hit.  Boulay received the win on the mound pitch four innings in relief while giving up three hits and one run, and striking out eight batters.  Whalen tallied his second save of the season.

Jim Shomberg popped two hits, including a double, and batted in three.  Mike Marley took the loss for the Lions pitching four innings and giving up six earned runs on eight hits.

Game 2

The Hornets struck first in the second game as Devon Rollins stole third and advanced home after the catcher's throw sailed into left field.

After a scoreless second inning, the Lions tied up the game at 1-1, capitalizing on a throwing error from the Hornets.

Both teams went scoreless for the fourth and fifth innings but defensive miscues by the Hornets allowed the Lions to erupt for four runs in the top of the sixth.  The Lions added another run in the top of the seventh to go into the bottom of the seventh with a 6-2 advantage.

Codi Smith and Jason Doris singled to start the bottom of the seventh.  Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch with David Laroche at the plate pinch hitting.  Laroche grounded out to short but plated Smith to close the gap to 6-3 with one out.  Nate Steward pinch hit and was hit by a pitch before Devon Rollins drew a walk to load the bases.  The Lions attempted to turn a double play on a ground ball to short from Cordeiro but Cordeiro beat the throw to first while Doris scored.  Cordeiro advanced to second on a defensive indifference before a single from Andre Eason Jr. plated Stewart and Cordeiro to bring the Hornets within one at 6-5.  Lyndon's rally ended there as the Lions forced a ground out to end the game.

Eason Jr. cracked two hits and batted in two runs while Doris scored once and knocked two hits.  Davis Guyer received a no decision after pitching five innings and giving up one earned run on five hits.  Sam Ognenoff took the loss allowing four hits and four runs.

Peter Jacobs went 3-for-3, batted in two runs, and scored once to lead the Lions.  Hunter Breon recorded two hits while George Stiuso scored twice.  Jared Dailey registered his second win of the season allowing four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings.  Hunter Breon pitched the final two outs to pick up the save.

Lyndon (3-4) faces Medaille College for two games at 1:00 p.m. at Warner University Sunday.