CLERMONT Fla. – Defense proved to be the difference maker in both games on Friday morning. The University of Michigan at Dearborn beat the Hornets 13-5 in five innings, while Ohio Northern University won their first game of the year 9-1 in six innings.
Lyndon Head Coach Bill Johnson spoke about his team's defensive play.
"If I had to put my finger on one thing, it's that we weren't very consistent on defense," he said. "We didn't communicate well, especially in game one."
Lyndon jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second inning by being patient in the batters box. They were able to draw four straight walks against UM-Dearborn pitcher, Abby Jewell, giving them a 1-0 lead.
After a pitching change, first baseman Brooke Dolloff drew another walk for Lyndon, which put them up 2-0. Second baseman Dakota Crane drew the final walk of the inning for the Hornets, pushing the lead to three.
A leadoff double to right center field from Alexis Powell got things rolling for the Wolverines. They were able to get two runs back and make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hornets, and from that point forward it seemed like the softball gods didn't want Lyndon to have any luck.
"Defensively it was not a good effort today, compared to days past," said Johnson. "I thought we were aggressive at the plate, we scored some runs by being patient."
The Hornets would go down in order in their half of the third, and UM-Dearborn piled on the runs, scoring five to power ahead of Lyndon and take a 7-3 lead.
"We made some costly errors on defense," said Johnson. "It allowed them to get back into the game and eventually take full control of it."
Control the game they would, tacking on six more runs of their own to end the game by mercy rule in the fifth inning, 13-5.
"The message in between games was that we needed to communicate better," said Johnson. "We weren't sure of where the ball was going in game one."
Lyndon found themselves in a 5-0 hole after just two innings in game two against Ohio Northern. They would get one run back in the third inning as Crane hit single to left field, scoring Emma Kaplan. She would have Lyndon's lone run of the game.
"We started to hit the ball hard late in the game but they were right at their defense," said Johnson. "It seemed like once one thing went wrong, everything went wrong."
The Hornets would drop game two to Ohio Northern 9-1 in six innings. Johnson said his team will need to be prepared for tomorrow's games.
"Let's stay aggressive at the plate," he said. "There's going to be times where you hit the ball hard and it's going to be right at somebody, you can't change that, we just have to play through it."
Lyndon will wrap-up their spring training trip to Florida tomorrow afternoon when they will take on Augustana College at 1:00 p.m. and Otterbein University at 3:00 p.m.
"Hopefully we can take some of the lessons learned today and apply them to tomorrow," said Johnson. "We need to get back to the level of softball we're capable of playing at."
By Matt Drew, Sports Information Assistant