HENNIKER, N.H. – Lyndon pounded out 22 runs on 24 hits in a doubleheader sweep of UMaine-Farmington Saturday at New England College. The Hornets won the opener 8-0 behind the three-hit pitching of Katie Davis, and took the nightcap 14-2 thanks to a 10-run first-inning rally.
In Game 1, Lyndon plated three runs in the bottom of the second – including a pair on a two-run homer by Mindy Carl – to take a lead it would never relinquish. One inning later, run-scoring singles off the bats of Carl, Jillian Emery and Brooke Dolloff extended the Lyndon lead to 6-0.
Taylor Young's two-run inside-the-park homer run to right in the fourth capped the scoring in the contest and gave Davis enough support to be credited with the win. She allowed no earned runs on three hits while striking out two and walking none.
Dakota Crane, Young, Carl and Dolloff had two hits each for Lyndon.
Abby Burdin took the loss going two and one-third innings while allowing five earned runs on eight hits. She fanned one and walked one. Shelby Bryant, Kennadi Grover and Alison Hamilton had one single each for the Beavers.
In Game 2, Farmington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by Hannah Lust, but Lyndon responded with 10-run uprising in the bottom of the frame.
Young swatted a run-scoring single to plate the first Hornet run and Emery followed with a three-run shot to left to put the host up 4-2. Crane's three-run double capped the uprising and gave Lyndon a healthy 10-2 advantage heading into the top of the second.
In the bottom of the second, Dolloff homered to left-center to push the Hornets lead to 11-2 and Katie Ste. Marie's sacrifice fly in the third plated Lyndon's final run of the day.
Kiya DeWitt got the win in relief of Davis, allowing no earned runs on one hit while striking out none and walking none. Emery and Crane had three hits each for the Hornets (5-7, 2-0) and the duo of Young and Carl chipped in two each.
Courtney Fowler took the loss for the Beavers, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits while fanning none and walking three. Merle Bond, Bryant, Lust and Kiana Thompson had one single each for Farmington (1-7, 0-2).
On Sunday, pair of complete-game shutouts by Castleton pitching kept Lyndon off the scoreboard as the Spartans won 1-0 and then 7-0.
Kayla Wood gave up just three hits while striking out nine batters and walking one anmd Taylor Paquette allowed just one hit while striking out four without a walk.
In the opener, both pitchers kept the offenses silent until the bottom of the third inning. Kristi Lawless led off the frame with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a groundout. With two down, Brittany Brayman sent a pitch back up the middle for the RBI single.
Castleton loaded the bases in the fourth with one-out singles by Stephanie Sylvester, Timi Carone and Lawless. Kayla Daigle followed with a dribbler to towards first base and Brooke Dolloff fielded the ball and fired home to get the force out. A flyout left the Spartans still clinging to the one-run lead.
Crane, Young and Dolloff had one hits each in the loss and Davis was credited with the loss. She allowed one eanred run on eight hits while striking outone and walking two.
In the nightcap, Castleton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of game two. Following a leadoff single by Daigle and a fielder's choice by Jessica Babcock, Gagne launched a ball over the left field fence for a two-run shot.
The Spartans added to their lead in the fourth with three more runs. Daigle led off with a single and Babcock ripped RBI triple to the right center wall to push the lead to 3-0. Brayman and Gagne followed with consecutive singles, allowing Babcock to score.
Ruby Bushey then singled home Brayman, and a walk from McKinlie Carpenter loaded the bases. Sami Carlo came through with an RBI single to extend Castleton's lead to 6-0 but consecutive outs ended the scoring.
An inning later the Spartans pushed their advantage to 7-0 as Babcock led off with a single and came around to score on Gagne's third hit of the day.
Paquette did the rest, retiring Lyndon in order in the fifth and six innings, and allowing just one runner to reach on an error in the seventh before shutting the door with three straight outs. Gagne went 3-for-3 while Babcock and Daigle each recorded two hits.
Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt. had the lone hit for the Hornets a double down the left field line in the fourth. Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) took the loss allowing six earned runs on 11 hits while fanning none and walking two.
Lyndon is now 5-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Hornets will host Johnson State Wednesday at 3:30 pm for a doubleheader.