Baseball Opens NAC Play with DH Sweep Over NEC

Baseball Opens NAC Play with DH Sweep Over NEC

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Castleton baseball showcased sound pitching and hot hitting in a well-rounded doubleheader sweep of North Atlantic Conference foe New England College on Monday afternoon, taking the opening game 1-0 before cruising to a 10-1 victory in the night cap.

Castleton improved to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in the NAC with the wins, while New England College's winning-streak stopped at seven as it fell to 7-9, 0-2.

Castleton 1, New England College 0

Devin Hayes was on full display in the opening contest, winning the pitchers' duel with another 7.0-inning shutout effort. The senior improved to 2-0 and pushed his season-opening scoreless streak to 14.0 innings as he struck out five and scattered just two hits in the complete-game shutout.

Castleton only had two hits on its offensive side, but caused havoc on the base paths to put pressure on the Pilgrims' defense. The Spartans used four stolen bases to plate the only run of the game in the third inning. Pat Mumford started with a single and was quickly on third after two stolen bases. After Deagan Poland walked to put runners on the corners, the double steal worked to perfection as Mumford slid under the tag at home to give the Spartans the early 1-0 advantage.

That was all they needed in game one, as Hayes never gave an inch, holding the Pilgrims hitless over the final five innings. Jameson Carey began the seventh with a walk to give New England College life but after a sacrifice bunt and a groundout put him within 90 feet of tying the game, Hayes capped off his masterful outing with a strikeout to end the game.

Mumford and Matt Jackson had the two hits for the Spartans. Mumford also had three stolen bases.

Stanley Vargas recorded nine strikeouts in the loss on the mound and recorded one of the two hits on offense for the Pilgrims.

Castleton 10, New England College 1

Castleton broke out the bats in the night cap, totaling 13 hits with all nine batters reaching base. Poland went 4-for-4 at the plate with three stolen bases and has reached base in every game this season. Davis Mikell added a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored and two RBI, while Dylan Bailey went 1-for-3 but made it count with three RBI.

The Spartans wasted no time getting on the board, putting up a three-spot in the bottom of the first. Jonathan Lindau plated the game's first run on an RBI-single into right center, before Zach Bahan scored two more on a sinking line drive into center.

Bailey capped off a four-run third with a bases-clearing single. He reached third on the gap shot but after appeal was deemed out at second base. Mikell drove in two more in the fourth with a single up the middle to extend the Spartans' lead to 9-0.

After NEC scored its first run of the day in the fifth on an RBI-single by Luis Atiles, Dillon Benham finished off the scoring with an RBI-single of his own in the home half of the fifth to push the margin back to nine at 10-1.

Benham also showed off his arm in right field, throwing out two runners at first base in the game.

Michael LaBeau earned his first win of the season on the mound, yielding just one earned run over 7.0 innings of work. LaBeau improved to 1-2 on the season scattering six hits with five strikeouts in the complete-game victory.

Castleton will face Anna Maria on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup against the Amcats at the New England Baseball Complex with first pitch slated for 11:30 a.m.