NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Lyndon state College baseball team eclipsed the 20-win mark for the first time in the program's NCAA history with a 5-0 win over MCLA in nonconference action Sunday afternoon.
Lyndon's Devon Rollins (Winooski, Vt.) went 3-for-5 at the plate and scored three times to pace the offense. Ryan Cordeiro (Rollinsford, N.H.) and Nathan Stewart (Newport, Vt.) each added two hits as the Hornets pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon.
Starting pitcher Davis Guyer (Lyndon, Vt.) (2-1) earned the win tossing the first five innings and allowing just three hits while striking out a pair of Trailblazers. The trio of Jake Jourdain (Becket, Mass.), Ben Rollins (Lincolnville, Maine), and Zak Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) allowed just four hits over the final four innings to complete the shutout.
The Hornets didn't waste any time in getting to MCLA starter Brendan Kelly. They would scratch a run across in the first inning as Rollins and Cordeiro singled, and when Andre Eason Jr. (Waterbury, Conn.) reached on a fielder's choice, the bases were loaded without an out. Johnson drove home the first run on a sacrifice fly and Kelly avoided further damage by getting a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
Lyndon would keep the pressure up however in the second inning. With two outs, Rollins singled home Sam Ognenoff (Brattleboro, Vt.), who had walked and advanced on a wild pitch, making it 2-0. Rollins stole second and came around on Cordeiro's RBI single, increasing the lead to 3-0. Cordeiro would advance to third on a failed pickoff attempt and then sprint home on a wild pitch for a 4-0 Lyndon advantage that chased Kelly from the game.
The MCLA bullpen was outstanding as they allowed just one run over the final 7.1 innings. Schuyler Robinson allowed a run in the fifth inning on Eason Jr.'s RBI-single to left, but that was all the Trailblazers would allow.
The Hornet pitching staff would be up to the task and keep zeroes on the board. MCLA had some chances but a few base running miscues took them out of potential scoring chances and Lyndon was able to keep the lead.
In the ninth, MCLA started the frame with consecutive singles from Myles Candelet and Brett LaBonte, however a fly out and strikeout quieted the rally. After an error loaded the bases with two outs, Darien Luckett lined out on a diving catch in right field to end the game preserving the shutout for the Hornets.
Candelet had two hits to pace the MCLA offense which mustered just six hits all afternoon.
The Hornets (20-16, 11-11 NAC) are back in action tomorrow when host UMaine-Farmington at 2:00 p.m. to close out conference play.
MCLA (12-17) is off until Tuesday when they are scheduled to take on Williams College at 7pm at Joe Wolfe Field.