Hornets sweep Eagles; earn playoff berth

Hornets sweep Eagles; earn playoff berth

POULTNEY, Vt. – Lyndon pounded out eight extra base hits en route to a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader sweep of Green Mountain College t Veteran's Memorial Park.

Lyndon (9-21; 5-11 NAC) jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning of the opening game as the Hornets took advantage of two Green Mountain errors in the inning.

The visitors struck again in the second and third for two more runs before exploding for nine runs in the fourth to put any hope of a comeback out of reach for the Eagles.  Alise Vandal (North Andover, Mass.) and Katie Davis (North Haverhill, N.H.) accounted for five of the Hornets' nine runs as Vandal popped a bases clearing double, while Davis contributed with a two RBI double of her own.

The Hornets rounded out the scoring in the fifth inning, plating two more runs to close out the scoring on a 19-0 victory in game one. 

Davis (6-7) earned the win in game one for the visitors thanks to five clean innings while allowing only two hits while striking out two and walking three.  Heath (0-14) took the loss in the circle for the Eagles pitching three complete innings while allowing 11 earned runs.  Hayley Provost finished out the game allowing five earned runs over her two frames.

The nightcap saw the Hornets gradually pull away from the Eagles, posting a 9-1 victory.  A pair of three-run innings in the second and third effectively sealed the game for the visitors who scored at least once in every inning except the fifth.

Providing the big hits for Lyndon were Ashley Barski (St. Johnsbury, Vt.), who smoked an RBI triple as well as Jena Finnegan (Keeseville, N.Y.), Jen Lynch (Portland, Maine) and Meghan Gadapee (Littleton, N.H.),  who each cracked a double.  Jillian Emery (Johnson, Vt.), Katie Ste. Marie (North Troy, Vt.) and Barski each scored twice for the Hornets, while Lynch plated two in the nightcap.

The Eagles received a productive second game from Kristin Belessis who went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.  Provost had the only other hit, a single, for the Eagles.

Picking up the win for Lyndon was Gadapee (3-13) who churned out five innings of one-run ball while giving up three hits and striking out five.  Chelsea Paul (0-7) was saddled with the loss for the Eagles coughing up six earned runs over four innings.  Casey McGill mopped up with a perfect inning to finish off the game for the hosts.

The Hornets have now closed out the regular season and will face New England College on Tuesday in the quarterfinal round of the NAC playoffs. A game time has yet to be determined.