SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Castleton baseball team saw its season come to an end Friday afternoon, as the Spartans fell to Ithaca, 5-2, in an NCAA Regional elimination game at the Onondaga Community College Baseball Complex.
Castleton concludes its season 34-10 overall, matching the program record for most wins in a single season, which was set in 2010 and 2012.
Ithaca got on the board in the top of the third inning on one hit. Domenic Boresta beat a close play at first for an infield single, recording the first hit for either side in the game. Boresta advanced to second and third on two wild pitches, before Andrew Bailey followed with an RBI groundout to give the Bombers an early 1-0 lead.
Castleton had its best chance to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth, breaking into the hit column with three straight two-out singles by Henrik Barbin, Pat Mumford, and Deagan Poland. Dillon Benham stepped to the plate and sent a fly ball to the opposite field, but it landed in the Bomber left fielder's glove to end the inning.
The Bombers put together a two-out rally with six straight hits to extend their lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth. After a strikeout and a groundout started the frame, Josh Savacool worked a long at-bat before fighting off an inside pitch to right field for a single. Webb Little followed with a line drive down the right field line for an RBI double. After Trevor Thompson, Sam Little, and Ryan Henchey each sprayed singles, Adam Gallagher blooped a shallow fly ball that found grass between second base and right field for a two-RBI double. Mikell fanned the next batter to end the inning.
The Spartans loaded the bases once again the sixth inning, this time cashing in for two runs on the strength of three hits and a Bomber error. The first three Spartan batters reached base as Zach Bahan and Jonathan Lindau singled around a walk from Davis Mikell. Matt Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Bahan to make it 5-1. Dylan Bailey loaded the bases once more with a single to left, before Barbin reached on a fielder's choice that the Ithaca shortstop could not come up with cleanly, as everyone moved up a base with Mikell scoring to cut the deficit to 5-2. The Spartans were poised for more runs with just one out in the frame, but a pair of groundouts kept the deficit at three. That proved to be the final threat of the game for either team, as Ithaca went on for the 5-2 victory.
Mikell tied his career high with 10 strikeouts over eight innings, but took the loss with five earned runs on 10 hits. Scott Michaels pitched a scoreless ninth in relief for the Spartans.
Six Spartans recorded a hit in the contest. Bahan was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Barbin and Jackson finished with one RBI apiece.