NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Lyndon State College softball team visited Norwich University for a non-conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The Cadets took the 12-9 slugfest in game one before taking game two 11-0 in five innings.
The Cadets (11-15, 9-5 GNAC) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one inning but the Hornets (2-20, 0-6 NAC) would fight back over the next two innings to tie up the game at 3-3 after the top of the third.
Norwich posted a six-run third inning to take back the lead and build a 9-3 cushion. The Hornets refused to roll over adding two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to close the gap to 9-8. However, the hosts produced another surge, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead to four.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Hannah Choiniere (Highgate, Vt.) doubled down the right field line, driving in Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, N.H.). Unfortunately, the Hornets' rally would end there as the Cadets would retire the next two batters to close out the game at 12-9.
Sarah Perry picked up the victory on the mound, going 5.2 innings and surrendering four earned runs on nine hits while striking out two. Taylor Morris came on to record the final four outs of the game to pick up her first save of the season.
DeWitt suffered the loss for the Hornets pitching two innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits. Shelby Sheridan (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) relieved DeWitt for four innings.
Cori Sousa (Amherst, N.H.) led Lyndon with three RBIs. Choiniere and Sheridan each went 3-for-4 while Choiniere added two RBIs.
The Hornets were unable to get their bats going in the second game as Brooke Dolloff (Rumford, Maine) recorded the only hit for the team.
Norwich recorded a six-run first inning to set the tone for the game while following that up with three runs in the second and two runs in the third.
Taylor Morris picked up the victory in the circle for the Cadets going all five innings.
Ashlynn Royce (Danville, Vt.) registered the loss for the Hornets in four innings of work.
The Hornets travel to Maine for the weekend to take on Thomas and Maine-Farmington.