Lyndonville, VT - Starting pitchers Braydon Kennedy of UMPI and Matt Page of Northern Vermont-Lyndon sailed through the first 3 and a half innings of Game #1 until the Hornets broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the 4th inning scoring 3 runs (1 unearned). Lyndon's Ryder Thornton knocked in 2 runs with a single and then Tucker Root scored on an infield error by the Owls.
The Hornets opened the game up in the 5th when they scored 5 runs to go ahead 8 to 0. Jason Doris ripped a RBI double to bring in Zac Johnson. Tucker Root followed with a RBI double of his own and the Owls found themselves in trouble as they were not able to figure out starting pitcher Matt page. Page went the first 7 innings of the 9 inning ballgame giving up 3 hits, walking 2 and striking out 13 UMPI hitters.
Kennedy suffered the loss on the mound for Me-Presque Isle going 4.2 innings and allowing 8 runs (6 earned runs) on 6 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4.
Game #2: The Owls continued to struggle offensively in the second game of the doubleheader but trailed just 2 to 1 going into the bottom of the 5th inning of the 7 inning game. UMPI starting pitcher Colby Spencer was sharp through 4 innings allowing 2 runs (1 unearned) in the 2nd inning on a 2-RBI double from Codi Smith.
In the top of the 4th inning the Owls Will Stinson (Jr. Norridgewok, ME) singled to rightfield and moved up the second base on a groundout by Jacob Moreno (Fr. Bourne, MA). Braydon Kennedy (Fr. Titusville, FL) then drilled a double to deep leftfield scoring Stinson.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, Lyndon broke open a close game scoring 5 runs of which 3 were unearned, and the Hornets went on to the 7 to 1 North Atlantic Conference victory. Codi Smith was dominant in the batters box for Lyndon going 4 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored in the nightcap.
NVU got strong pitching again in this game as Tyler Davis got the win on the hill going the distance allowing 1 run on just 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 13. Spencer took the loss for UMPI. Cullen Marrella pitched 1.2 innings in relief for Me-Presque Isle.
Next up: The same two teams complete their 4 game series with a doubleheader tomorrow (Wednesday April 24th) at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.