Baseball's Late Surge Falls Short at Pomona-Pitzer

Baseball's Late Surge Falls Short at Pomona-Pitzer

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Castleton baseball team fell behind early and a late-inning surge was not enough as the Spartans fell to Pomona-Pitzer, 7-4, Wednesday afternoon at Alumni Field.

Davis Mikell led the Spartans offensively with two hits and a run scored, while Dillon Benham and Ryan Wadsworth each finished with a hit and two RBI as the Spartans tried to climb their way back into the game down the stretch.

Castleton (2-2) started strong with a run in its first at-bats to get on the board. With two outs, Jonathan Lindau was hit by a pitch to extend the inning. Mikell followed with a single into left center field, before Benham pulled a single to right to plate Lindau and give the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage.

Pomona-Pitzer (5-2) responded quickly to take a 2-1 lead in the home half of the first on a two-run home run by Jeremiah Quezada to left center. Benham drove in Lindau once more in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly to center to square the contest at 2-2, but the home team quickly regained the lead, 3-2, on a sacrifice fly by Cade Hulse in the bottom of the third.

The Sagehens took control in the bottom of the fourth with three more runs. Seth Stone singled to left field and Jack Hanley doubled to put runners on second and third, before Brian Knapp brought everybody home with a three-run home run to right center. Duncan Skerrett stretched the Sagehens' lead to 7-2 in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to right field. 

The Spartans were held without a hit over the next two innings until pinch-hitter Andrew Graciano drove a single up the middle in the top of the eighth. After Mitchell Caron drew a walk to load the bases, Wadsworth cut the deficit to 7-4 with a two-RBI single to left field. Alex Borsari poked a single through the right side to load the bases once more and put the tying run on base, but Hunter Hennigh came out of the bullpen and notched a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.

Castleton was unable to complete the comeback in the ninth, as Pomona-Pitzer went on to win, 7-4.

Aaron Smith suffered the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts over 6.0 innings. Freshman Andy Kenosh posted 2.0 scoreless innings of relief in his first career appearance on the mound.

Nolan McCafferty went 4-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Pomona-Pitzer. Luke Layton earned the win on the mound with two earned runs and three strikeouts over 4.0 innings. 

Castleton will look to salvage a split on the day when it takes on Chapman Wednesday night at 10 p.m. (7 p.m. Pacific)