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Hornet softball swept by Maine-Farmington

Hornet softball swept by Maine-Farmington

Farmington, ME - The Lyndon State College softball team dropped both ends of Saturday's North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at the University of Maine at Farmington on Saturday afternoon.  The Beavers captured game one, 20-4, and game two, 11-3.  Lyndon remains winless in 12 games this season and four conference contests.  UMF improves to 7-17 overall and 2-2 in the NAC.

Game 1 - Maine-Farmington 20, Lyndon 4

UMF jumped on the Hornets by scoring five runs in the home half of the first inning.  Callie Hammer (Ellsworth, ME) delivered the big blow for the Beavers, a bases loaded double.

The Hornets got two runs back in the top of the second inning.  Cassie Black (Tolland, CT), Elizabeth Towsley (Fletcher, VT), and Amber Roberts (Berlin, NH) all walked to load the bases.  Makayla Epps (Foxboro, MA) scored Black with a sacrifice fly to right, then Kiya DeWitt (Pittsburg, NH) singled home Towsley.

The Beavers broke the game open in the home half of the second, as 11 runs crossed the plate.  Hammer delivered another bases loaded double.  Karen Flaherty (Rumford, ME) then delivered a two-run single and Margaret Fogarty (Auburn, ME) followed with a three run home run down the left field line.

UMF added four more insurance runs in the bottom of the third inning, with Kiana Thompson (Industry, ME) delivering a two-run triple.

Towsley and Roberts delivered back to back singles with one out in the top of the fourth.  Both scored when DeWitt's fly ball to center field was misplayed.  That was all of the scoring, however.

Kailyn Hill (Lisbon, ME) and Erika Whitman (Norway, ME) split pitching duties for the Beavers combining to allow only earned run on four Hornet hits.  Whitman picked up the win by pitching the final three innings.  DeWitt went the distance for Lyndon and took the loss.

Game 2 - Maine-Farmington 11, Lyndon 3

The Beavers got on the scoreboard first in the nightcap.  UMF strung together three straight singles from Alyssa Dillan (Plymouth, MA), Hammer, and Melissa Veitch (Hillsborough, NH) to key a five run inning.

The Hornets responded with three runs in the top of the second inning.  Madeline DeGroot (Canton, ME) started things with a one out single and Roberts followed with a base on balls.  DeWitt then delivered a two out double down the left field line, scoring both DeGroot and Roberts.  Cecelia Chamul (Concord, VT) then singled home DeWitt and the Hornets had cut the UMF lead to 5-3.

Roberts was able to keep the Beavers off of the scoreboard over their next three turns at bat, allowing only a Dillan single in the third.  Meanwhile, the Hornets were also unable to break through further against UMF starter Brianna McGrath (Lyman, ME).  In the Hornets' best scoring opportunity, Cassie Black (Tolland, CT) delivered a one out double in the third, but was stranded there.

UMF opened up some breathing room with a four run home half of the fifth inning.  Hope Faulkingham (West Bath, ME) had the key blow, a two run triple, and Brianna Dugan (Thomaston, ME) followed by doubling home Faulkingham and giving the hosts a 9-3 lead after five.

The Beavers ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Amber Grady (Whitefield, ME) singled and Kayleigh Oberg (Winbthrop, ME) followed with a two run walkoff home run.

McGrath went the distance and struck out eight, wllowing seven hits to get the win.  Roberts also went the distance for the Hornets and took the loss.

The Hornets will stay in Maine to take on Thomas College in a NAC doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm.  UMF hosts Johnson State College on Sunday.