Baseball Opens Home-and-Home Series with Lyndon

Baseball Opens Home-and-Home Series with Lyndon

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team continues its haul through the North Atlantic Conference on Tuesday, traveling to Lyndon for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The Spartans will celebrate Senior Day against the Hornets at the same time on Thursday, completing the four-game set with a twinbill at Spartan Field.

Castleton (23-6, 14-2 NAC) is coming off a four-game sweep of Thomas over the weekend, outscoring the Terriers 27-2 in the series. The Spartan pitching staff, which leads the nation with a 2.09 earned run average, got complete-game shutouts out of seniors Michael LaBeau and Luke Salerno to bring out the brooms. LaBeau struck out seven over 7.0 innings and allowed just two hits, while Salerno tossed a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts over 7.0 innings to improve to 5-0 on the season.

LaBeau ranks in the top 10 in the nation and leads the conference with an ERA of 1.07. The senior has gone the distance in five straight starts with four conference victories. In six starts and seven appearances on the season, LaBeau is 4-2 with 36 strikeouts and has yielded just five earned runs over 42.0 innings pitched. Against NAC competition, LaBeau is 4-0 with a sensational 0.62 ERA in 29.0 innings. Salerno is tied for the league lead in wins with five and has a 2.06 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 34.2 innings. Freshman Davis Mikell is 3-1 on the mound with a 1.00 ERA in 27.0 innings. Devin Hayes is tied with LaBeau for the team lead in strikeouts, fanning 36 in 35.0 innings on his way to a 4-1 record. 

The Spartan offense supports the pitching corps with a .303 batting average. After going 13-for-28 last week, Deagan Poland leads the lineup with a .382 clip at the plate. The sophomore ranks atop the NAC with 42 hits out of the leadoff spot and has stolen 24 bases on his way to 31 runs scored. Mikell is batting .367 with a .452 on-base percentage and a .694 slugging percentage. He has blasted a league-leading seven home runs with seven doubles and two triples. Dylan Bailey is batting .341 with a team-leading 10 doubles and has 10 RBI over his last eight games.

Lyndon (16-12, 9-7 NAC) enters the four-game series in third place in the conference. The Hornets salvaged a season split with Husson after taking both ends of a doubleheader against the Eagles on Sunday.

Lyndon is batting .285 in 28 games on the season. Senior first baseman Devon Rollins leads the team in batting average (.375), on-base percentage (.455), and slugging (.552). He has a triple, six doubles, and three home runs to go with a team-leading 17 RBI. Rollins went 4-for-8 with four RBI in the doubleheader sweep of the Eagles. Freshman outfielder Codi Smith is batting .328 with four doubles, four triples, and 13 RBI.

Sophmore James Mundy is 3-0 in five starts on the mound with 16 strikeouts in 25.2 innings pitched. Sophmore Zak Johnson leads the starting rotation with a 3.34 ERA and has recorded 17 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched. Andrew Whalen has been powerful out of the bullpen, as he leads the NAC with nine saves on the year. Whalen has a 1.62 ERA in 13 appearances with 16 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.

Castleton took three out of four from Lyndon a year ago, outscoring the Hornets 37-5 over the season series.