LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Lyndon softball program opened its 2012 season last week with a five-day, 10-game roads trip to the Adirondack Sports Complex Dome in Glens Falls, N.Y. The Hornets managed to win four games in the week, highlighted by Katie Davis' no-hitter against Bay Path College on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Monday, Feb. 20 – Lyndon 1-9, Morrisville State 4-1
The Hornets opened the week with a doubleheader split against Morrisville State College. The Mustangs won the opener 4-1 and the Hornets stormed back to take the nightcap by a score of 9-1 in six innings.
In Game 1, Jenna D'Ercole scattered nine hits and struck out nine to lead the Mustangs to victory. Kayla Walker and Tori Schultz had two hits each for Morrisville and Cassandra Smith sealed the victory with a long home run to deep right centerfield.
The Hornets, behind the three-hit pitching of Meghan Gadapee, managed to earn it first win of the season in Game 2. Gadapee struck out six and walked one in six innings of work while her teammates took advantage of 11 walks issued by the Morrisville pitching staff.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Lyndon 3-8, SUNY Cobleskill 4-0
On Day 2 of the trip, Lyndon played yet another up-and-coming team from the North Eastern Athletic Conference in SUNY Cobleskill. The Tigers held off the Hornets in the opener to earn a 4-3 victory, but could not stop Lyndon from pounding out an 8-0 win in the second game of the evening.
Cobleskill's Brianne Gray kept Lyndon off balance throughout the contest allowing only two earned runs on seven hits and fanning one. The Tigers took advantage of two base loaded walks and a hit batsman by Davis to build a four-run lead that Lyndon could not overcome.
As she did an evening earlier, Gadapee came to the Hornets rescue in the nightcap, tossing a one-hitter while facing three over the minimum in an 8-0 victory.
Cobleskill's lone hit of the contest came in the top of the sixth when Kayla Shea hit a sinking liner to center. Taylor Young dove for the ball and managed to get her glove on it, but it was jarred loose as Young hit the ground and was rightfully scored a base hit.
Finnegan hammered out three hits in the win and Gadapee swatted a three-run triple for Lyndon
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Lyndon 7-8, Bay Path 2-0
Lyndon, behind the standout pitching of Gadapee and Davis, earned its first doubleheader sweep of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 22 by taking a twin bill from Bay Path College.
Gadapee allowed only one earned run and struck out 11 in Game 1 as the Hornets defeated the Wildcats 7-2. Finnegan continued to sizzle at the plate with two hits – including her first collegiate home run – and Julia McNeil went 2-for-2 with a run-batted-in and a run scored.
Losing pitcher Keelin Dougherty had two hits for the Wildcats and Lyndon Institute alum Maeghan Whitcomb, collected two hits as well.
In the nightcap, Davis bounced back from her tough start on Tuesday to fire a no-hitter and earn the first win of her college career. The right-handed from North Haverhill, N.H. went five strong innings, fanning 10 batters, to perform the feat and give Lyndon the sweep.
Barski and Finnegan had two hits each for the Hornets who improved to 4-2 overall.
Thursday, Feb. 23 – Skidmore 7-8, Lyndon 2-0
Facing their toughest opponent of the week, the Hornets dropped a twin bill to nearby Skidmore College on Thursday. The Thoroughbreds swept the games by scores of 7-2 and 8-0.
Carol Brown went 4-for-4 for the Thoroughbreds, including a double and triple while, and Katie Sorochka chipped in two hits and two runs scored. Abby Fuhrman went four strong innings to get the win allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out four and walking only one.
Barski and Gadapee had two hits each and Gadapee was tagged with the loss. He allowed three earned runs on 11 hits while fanning one and walking none.
In the nightcap, Sam Crose scattered six hit and struck out eight as Skidmore walked off with the sweep. Julia Schwartz had two hits and three RBIs for the winners while Gadapee had a pair of hits in the loss. Davis took the loss for Lyndon allowing seven earned runs on nine hits while fanning 11 and walking five.
Friday, Feb. 24 – Potsdam 13-7, Lyndon 2-4
Lyndon closed out the week with a pair of losses to SUNY Potsdam. The Bears won the opened by a score of 13-2 before rallying to take the nightcap 7-4
In Game 1, Brittany Pawlowski threw a two-hitter and struck out six to lead Potsdam to victory. Pawlowski helped her own cause with four hits in the contest and the tandem of Kara Collins and Ashley Thayer chipped in three each.
Taylor Young had both Hornets hits in the games and Gadapee was saddled with the loss. She allowed nine earned runs on 18 hits, fanned five and walked none.
In Game 2, Lyndon led 4-3 with two out in the bottom of the sixth, but three errors led to four unearned runs and a 7-4 loss. Pawlowski continued her torrid hitting with three more hits – including a double – and Kayla Taylor added three hits of her own including a triple.
Five Lyndon players had one hit each and Davis went the distance to take the loss. She allowed only three earned runs on 13 hits while striking out four and walking three.
Lyndon (4-6) remains idle until Saturday, March 17 when it travels to Buzzard's Bay, Mass. to face the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.