CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a 2-2 week in Virginia, the Castleton baseball team is set to resume action on Saturday with a non-conference contest at Bard College at 1 p.m.
Castleton opened its road trip with a pair of convincing victories over host Apprentice, but dropped back-to-back contests against Tufts and St. Vincent to return home with a 4-6 overall record on the season.
Davis Mikell led Castleton on the week with a .462 batting average (6-for-13), which included his second home run of the season, four RBI, and three runs scored. Mitchell Caron is riding a four-game hitting streak and has paced the offense thus far with a .355 batting average (11-for-31). Alex Borsari has been strong at shortstop, posting a .303 average (10-for-33) with three doubles and four runs scored. Dillon Benham and Mikell each lead the squad with seven RBI. As a team, the Spartan offense currently ranks sixth in the North Atlantic Conference with a .242 batting average.
Joe Gratton got Castleton off to a strong start on the mound, firing six strong innings with eight strikeouts to earn the victory in his first career start. Aaron Smith pitched three scoreless frames in relief to pick up the save in an 8-3 victory. Charles Stapleford was dominant in the game two win over Apprentice, scattering two hits and one run with four strikeouts over seven innings en route to a 7-1 triumph. Mikell held the nationally-recognized Tufts Jumbos to one hit in the first five scoreless frames, but shouldered the loss after yielding three earned runs in the sixth. The Spartan pitching staff holds a 4.07 ERA on the season.
Bard enters the weekend 4-6 on the season after a six-game trip to Florida for spring break. The Raptors are coming off a 12-5 loss to NAC foe Thomas on Wednesday.
David Schlosser has paced the Bard offense thus far with a .367 batting average (11-for-30). Mike Pizzuto is batting .350 (7-for-20) with three doubles, while Jeff Goldrosen and Dillon Daine are both hitting at a .348 clip (8-for-23). Schlosser leads the Raptors with seven RBI, eight runs scored, and a .500 on-base percentage.
On the mound, Frank Ortega, Evan Richardson, Luke Klatke, and Elliott Goldstein have each earned two starts. Ortega is 2-0 with one complete game and a 1.50 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 12 innings. Richardson is 0-1 with a 3.48 ERA and a team-best 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. The Raptors' staff has a 6.50 ERA so far this season.
Castleton will look to build momentum for a busy stretch ahead. Following Saturday's contest, the Spartans are scheduled to play at Skidmore next Wednesday, March 28, before opening a series of 10 games in seven days over spring break.