Taylor's Four Hits Lead Terriers in NAC Sweep of Lyndon

Taylor's Four Hits Lead Terriers in NAC Sweep of Lyndon

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Thomas College softball team swept a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader from Lyndon State College on Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Softball Diamond. The Terriers won game one, 16-0, in five innings, then posted a 10-2, six-inning win in game two.

Game 1: Thomas 16, Lyndon State 0 (5 inn.)
Thomas pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of five Lyndon errors en route to the shutout victory.

Lyndon opened the game with an infield single by Shelby Sheridan, who was almost immediately erased from the basepaths when she was caught attempting to steal second base.

The Terriers struck for five runs in the first inning. Junior Korrie Laren (Blackstone, Mass. / Blackstone-Millville) and freshman Molly Carroll (Southwest Harbor, Maine / Mount Desert Island) each had RBI singles and a third run scored on a throwing error before freshman Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine / Noble) provided the big hit of the inning with a two-run double to right field.

Thomas added three runs in the second. Lexi Colpack (fr., Franklin, N.H. / Franklin) opened the frame with a single to center, then went from first to third on a Sonja Morse (jr., South China, Maine / Cony) sacrifice bunt and scored when the Lyndon defense was slow to react. Junior Courtney Veilleux (Oakland, Maine / Messalonskee) later scored on an RBI groundout by freshman Michaella Arsenault (Poland, Maine / Poland). Laren scored the final run of the inning when she scored from third on a successful double steal with Carroll at first.

Four runs each crossed in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Veilleux hit a two-run double to left center, then moved to third on a Laren sacrifice fly that scored Morse and scored herself on an Arsenault single up the middle. 

Freshman Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt. / Mount Mansfield Union), who had relieved Morse in the circle in the top of the fourth, drove in a pair with a double down the left-field line in the bottom half of the frame, scoring Taylor and pinch-hitter Brittany Ward (fr., Searsport, Maine / Searsport). LeBourveau scored on another Laren sacrifice fly after moving up to third base when Sarahjane Call (Arlington, Texas / M.B. Lamar) scored on a wild pitch.

Morse was credited with the win after allowing just two hits and striking out four in three innings. LeBourveau pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits and walking a pair.

Laren and Arsenault each had three RBIs while LeBourveau, Veilleux and Taylor all drove in a pair.

Sheridan took the loss in the circle for Lyndon, allowing 10 hits and walking seven with one strikeout.

The Hornets did not have a runner reach second base until there were two outs in the fifth inning.

Game 2: Thomas 10, Lyndon State 2 (5 inn.)
Thomas kicked off game two with two runs each in the first and second innings. Lexi Colpack led off the Thomas half of the first with a double down the left field line, then came around to score when the left fielder's throw went awry. Molly Carroll drew a bases-loaded walk later in the inning, forcing Sonja Morse in from third base.

In the second, Courtney Veilleux hit a two-run single to center to score Colpack and Madison Bentz (jr., Ottawa, Ill. / Ottawa Township).

A lone Terrier run plated in the third when Carroll scored on a Bentz sacrifice bunt.

The Hornets scored a pair of unearned runs in the fourth inning as Brooke Dolloff and Julia Kearney came around when Kiya DeWitt reached on a fielding error with two outs in the frame. After a Ken Niemann single to center put runners on the corners, Brandi Surridge grounded out to second base to end the inning.

Thomas countered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Korrie Laren drove in Veilleux and Morse with a two-run double to right field, then scored when Sydney LeBourveau reached on a fielding error.

Colpack made it 9-2 in the fifth when she scored on a Veilleux sacrifice fly and the Terriers had runners at first and second with a chance to end the game, but LeBourveau flew out to left to end the inning.

In the sixth, Katie Taylor reached on a one-out single to left field. After Taylor stole second, Bentz flew out to center field for the second out. Taylor advanced to third on the putout and came around to score the game-ending run after the center fielder's throw wound up in the Thomas dugout.

Taylor was the only Terrier with multiple hits. Veilleux had three RBIs and Laren two, while Colpack scored three runs. Colpack and Carroll each had one hit and reached twice on walks.

Morse also got the win in game two, allowing just the two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Chelsea Hale (jr., Moreno Valley, Calif. / Vista Del Lago) threw the final two innings, scattering two hits and a walk.

Cori Sousa and Niemann each had two hits for Lyndon.

DeWitt took the loss in the circle for the Hornets, scattering nine hits and walking seven while striking out two.

Both teams continue North Atlantic Conference play with doubleheaders at noon Sunday. Thomas (13-12, 5-1) hosts Johnson State (6-14, 4-4), while Lyndon (2-22, 0-8) travels to UMaine-Farmington (4-17, 1-5).