LYNDON CENTER, Vt. – Lyndon picked up two victories Sunday afternoon against the University of Maine at Presque Isle behind a stellar performance from Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.). She went six for eight between the two games, knocking in three runs and earning a stolen base.
Katie Davis (North Haverhill, N.H.) hit an RBI double to open the scoring in game one, and Lyndon had a 4-0 lead after two innings. Lyndon would see its lead disappear in the fifth inning, as Carly Bell got things started for the Owls with a leadoff single to center field. Nicole Marucci followed suit, finding her way on with a bunt single.
"All of sudden we stop scoring runs and we're getting poor at bats," said Lyndon Head Coach Bill Johnson. "We're striking out with runners in scoring position and on the defensive side we just lost our focus."
Shannon Brown would double to left center field, scoring Bell and moving Marucci to third and cutting in to Lyndon's lead. Danielle Smith found her way on with a single to center field, scoring Marucci. Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.) took the mound for Lyndon in game one and she was able to get the next two batters (Sara Packard and Katie Patenaude) out.
It looked as if Lyndon was going to get out of the inning with the lead, but the Owls had other plans.
Jessica Campbell got a two out base knock, and that tied the game at four. She would take second base on a defensive indecision by Lyndon catcher, Sam Rowell (St. johnsbury Center, Vt.). Smith remained at third, and DeWitt threw a wild pitch, scoring Smith and giving UMPI a 6-4 lead.
They would add one more in the sixth and take a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning.
"We said how we can't let teams like this hang around," said Johnson. "You've got to be able to get up 4-0 like we were and find a way to hold on."
Lyndon found themselves on the wrong end of the momentum stick, but they were able to climb back.
It all began when Katie Ste. Marie (North Troy, Vt.) hit her first-ever collegiate home-run to right field, and Lyndon had life. They were able to take an 8-7 lead when Mindy Carl (Newport, Vt.) singled to left field, bringing home Sheridan. Unfortunately for Lyndon, UMPI would tie the game in the top of seventh, and Lyndon went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh, and we went to extra innings.
"We got our confidence back," said Johnson. "We go to extra innings and it's never easy for us."
Lyndon would give up one run in the eighth, but were able to come back in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off victory. DeWitt brought home the game winning run off an error by UMPI second baseman Marucci.
Game two saw Lyndon run over the Owls, defeating them 12-1 and winning the game in five innings behind a complete game two-hitter by Davis.
"I was really proud of the lessons we learned from the first game," said Johnson. "When you get up early, you start to think that we need an abbreviated game to get the players some much needed rest before our next games."
With the victories, Lyndon goes to 8-18 on the year, while UMPI goes to 11-15.
Lyndon's next contest will be Tuesday when they host St. Joseph's College; first pitch is set for 3 p.m.
"If we can remain confident, we'll be consistent," said Johnson. "We'll make plays in the field and we'll get results."
By Matt Drew, Sports Information Assistant