PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Lyndon State College jumped out to early leads and held off Plymouth State University rallies in both ends of a non-conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Panthers, 11-9 and 7-6, in a pair of seven-inning baseball games at Panther Park.
The Hornets, who split a pair of games Saturday at Skidmore College, improve to 3-5 overall with the sweep, while PSU had its losing streak extended to eight games, falling to 6-15 overall.
Lyndon State erupted for eight runs in the first inning of the opener and led 11-3 after three innings. The Panthers came back with two runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth, but it was too little, too late, and the Hornets held on for the win.
Junior Josh Wells (Portland, Conn.) led the Hornets with three hits and an RBI, while sophomore Rory Whittemore (Bennington, N.H.) collected two hits and an RBI. Juniors Mike Swan (Southington, Conn.) and Brent Cox (Swanton, Vt.) also knocked in two runs apiece for the winners.
Sophomore Brandon Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) and senior C.J. Rousseau (Merrimack, N.H.) collected three hits apiece for the Panthers in the opener. Rousseau, junior Jamie Aceto (Cumberland, R.I.) and sophomore Justin Flanagan (Hingham, Mass.) all drove in two runs for PSU in the loss. Freshman Joe Brayton (Medfield, Mass.) pitched well in relief, allowing only two hits and one walk (no runs) in four innings.
Lyndon State scored five times in the first inning of the opener and took a 7-1 lead after four innings, but had to hold on when PSU plated five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Junior Jesse Hersey (Durham, Maine) led the Hornets in the nightcap with three hits, including an RBI triple, while Swan, Whittemore, Wells, and senior Leon Feerick (Orleans, Vt.) finished with two hits apiece. Feerick keyed the first-inning rally with a two-run double.
Brayton led the Panther hitters in the second game with two hits. Freshman Josh Roberti (Cranston, R.I.) hit a two-run single in the seventh inning before PSU’s rally fell short.
PSU continues a 12-game homestand with single games Wednesday against MIT (3:30 p.m.) and Thursday vs. Rivier (3:30 p.m.). LSC is back in action Tuesday at Saint Michael’s (3:00 p.m.)
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