Baseball Cruises to 9-2 Victory over Coast Guard

Baseball Cruises to 9-2 Victory over Coast Guard

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Castleton baseball team collected 11 hits and Steven Jurkiewicz tossed six strong innings on the mound as the Spartans cruised to a 9-2 victory over Coast Guard in a non-conference matchup Friday afternoon at Nitchman field.

Davis Mikell continued his hot hitting at the plate going 3-for-5 with two RBI and finished just a home run shy of the cycle. Matt Jackson also finished with three hits on the day, while Dillon Benham went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.

Jurkiewicz earned the win on the mound, striking out eight while allowing just one run on four hits in his first start of the season.

Castleton (3-2) got an early start with five runs in the second inning. Mikell led off the inning with a single into center field. After stealing second, Jackson drove him in with an RBI-single into center to score the first run of the game. Mitchell Caron and Pat Mumford each worked walks to load the bases and turn it over to the top of the order, where Deagan Poland and Benham each drove in two runs with back-to-back singles to extend the Spartans' lead to 5-0.

That score held until Mikell added an RBI-double in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Jonathan Lindau worked a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Mikell's two-bagger to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead.

Coast Guard (6-8) responded with a two-out run of its own in the bottom half of the fifth. Luke Thompson walked and later advanced to third on a single by Trey Rittenhouse. With runners at the corners and two outs, Jake Behn plated the Bears' first run with an RBI-single into right field to make the score 6-1. Jurkiewicz came back with a strikeout to end the inning without any further damage.

The Spartans cashed in with runners in scoring position in the top of the seventh. After Benham was hit by a pitch, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch, Mikell drove him in with a triple into center field. Zach Bahan followed with sacrifice fly to give the Spartans a comfortable 8-1 lead.

The Spartans tacked on another run in the top of the eighth, before the Bears led off the ninth with a solo home run. That was as close as they could get, as Aaron Smith induced a ground out, fly out, and a pop out to end the game in the Spartans favor, 9-2.  

Joe Gratton and Cameron Goulet each pitched an inning of scoreless relief with a strikeout apiece in the win for the Spartans.

Castleton returns to action on Saturday for a doubleheader at SUNY Old Westbury with game one scheduled for 12 p.m.