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Vermont Bests Nashua

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

By: Dan Allison | Silver Knights media relations

Just a short week ago, the Silver Knights had won four out of their last five with the team looking to have found their stride. However, since that point, Nashua has gone 1-5 with three straight losses entering Tuesday. Now with the team sitting at 7-20 as they headed to Vermont to open their week, the Knights scrambled to get themselves in line before the calendar flipped to July.

Trying to rewrite the wrongs of the past week, Nashua would show a pulse on offense in their Tuesday matchup with the Lake Monsters as they came back from down two to tie it up. Alas, it proved to be all too well as Vermont pulled away with a three-run eighth to top Nashua 5-2.

Deadlocked at two entering the eighth, Endicott’s Kyan Bagshaw took over for the Knights. Following two scoreless innings from Rhode Island’s Brandon Hsu, Bagshaw encountered some adversity on the bump. 

Vermont had their first five batters of the inning reach safely, leading off the inning with two hit batters and two walks. Virginia’s Eric Becker tallied an RBI single after the four free passes for his fifth RBI of the season with Harvard’s Jordan Kang posting an RBI as well with a sacrifice fly in the frame. 

If you look deeper into the box score, this was a ballgame the Knights should’ve had. Despite Nashua outhitting Vermont 7-3 with Northeastern’s Ryan Griffin going five strong innings, the Lake Monsters were the ones who led for the majority of the contest. Vermont jumped out to an early lead in the first due to a crucial error that would cost Nashua two runs.

Zeroes filled the scoreboard for the first couple of innings for the Knights, with the offense slow to get going. After a handful of losses with nothing going at the plate, Nashua would flip a switch in the sixth.

Following a leadoff runner aboard with Vanderbilt’s Cam Kozeal reaching on an error, Amherst’s Jack McDermott would bring him home with a one-out single. McDermott’s base knock marks his seventh RBI of the summer, with his two-hit night in Vermont giving him back-to-back multi-hit games.

Singles from Eastern Nazarene’s Shane McNamara and Northeastern’s Will Fosberg would bring Jack home, tying the ballgame up at two.

With their first trip up to Vermont ending in a 4-5 close loss, the Knights were ready to pull one out this time with their late-game tie. But after Vermont’s big answer in the eighth, Nashua went down quietly in the ninth to fall to 0-3 against Vermont in 2023.

After their week opening loss, the Knights will head down to Norwich to take on a face all too familiar in the Sea Unicorns. Nashua and Norwich are set for a 6:30 PM first pitch on Wednesday.