POULTNEY, Vt. – The Green Mountain College Eagles concluded their 2010 campaign Friday afternoon with a doubleheader split against Lyndon in North Atlantic Conference action.
In game one, the Hornets banged out seven runs on 11 hits to claim a 7-5 victory. Lyndon struck first, notching a run in the top of the second inning courtesy of a Natalia Shams (Swampscott, Mass.) triple to deep centerfield to open the frame. Two batters later, Jacklyn Toney (Brattleboro, Vt.) drilled a double rightfield sending Shams across and giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
After scoreless bottom half of the inning for the Eagles, Lyndon went back to work tallying three more runs in the third. Kathy Kline (Coventry, R.I.) reached first on an error and came across following four consecutive singles by Michelle Wilcox (Sheldon, Vt.), Jo Locke (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), Shams and Katelyn Willey (Lancaster, N.H.). Wilcox and Locke also crossed the plate, giving the Hornets a three-run, four-hit outburst, running the score-line to 4-0.
Green Mountain battled back in the bottom half of the inning when Karen Davidson knocked a single to center field driving home senior Katie Jablonski. The Eagles added one more in the fifth when Kimberly Blank reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.
Lyndon rallied in sixth plating three more runs. Heather LaValley (Northfield, Vt.) opened the inning with a single to left, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alise Vandal (Brattleboro, Vt.), and scored when Kline drilled a single to right field. Two batters later, Locke knocked a two run single to left and scored moments later on an Eagle error.
GMC would not go quietly, notching three runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Casey McGill singled to open the frame, Jessica Measheaw drew a walk, and Blank laid down a sacrifice bunt to give the Eagles a pair of runners in scoring position with one out. After McGill scored on a fielders choice, Measheaw came across on an illegal pitch, giving the home side life at 7-4. Jablonski singled, stole second and scored on a Davidson single, but the rally was cut short when Chelsea Paul grounded out to end the game.
Measheaw took the loss for the Eagles, conceding seven runs on 11 hits in seven innings of work while her counterpart Willey scattered five runs on five hits through seven.
In game two, the Eagles raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first and tacked on two more in the third. With one out in the opening frame, Davidson was hit by a pitch and scored in a bizarre series of consecutive wild-pitches from hurler Shams. After Paul drew a walk and reached second on another wild pitch, Chanleigh Casey picked up an RBI single to right field. Davidson and McGill scored again in the third inning, giving GMC a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
After a single run for the Hornets in the fourth, the Eagles opened the flood gates in the sixth, plating five runs to bring the game to a close. Blank walked to open the inning followed by a pair of singles from Emily Heale and Jablonski. After Davidson and Paul reached on consecutive fielders choices and Casey reached on an error, giving the Eagles a bases-loaded situation, McGill poked a liner into right field to seal the victory.
Cass Neimeth-Lazar picked up the win, going six strong allowing one run on only two hits.Shams took the loss for the Hornets, giving up nine runs on six hits.