Spartans Gear Up For 10 Games Over Spring Break

Spartans Gear Up For 10 Games Over Spring Break

CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a strong victory over Coast Guard last weekend, the Castleton baseball team is set to kick off a busy spring break stretch of 10 games over the next seven days, highlighted by its conference opener at New England College Tuesday and home opener against Lyndon State Thursday.

Castleton will open spring break with a non-conference matchup at Clark University Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans will be on the road Tuesday at NEC in a rematch of the 2017 North Atlantic Conference championship, before heading to Union for a non-league matchup against the Dutchmen on Wednesday. Returning to Vermont for an eight-game homestand, Lyndon State will come to town for a doubleheader on Thursday and UMaine-Farmington closes out spring break with a four-game set at Spartan Field over the weekend. 

Castleton (6-6) moved back to .500 with an 11-4 win over Coast Guard last Saturday. Jonathan Lindau led the offense with three RBI behind a double and a home run. Joe Gratton earned his third win of the season on the mound, allowing three runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over six innings. 

The Spartans are batting .250 as a team with a .382 on-base percentage and average six runs per game. Mitchell Caron leads the way, batting .333 with a .469 on-base percentage on 13 hits, including five doubles, and nine walks. Pat Mumford comes in at .324 for the season with 11 hits, five runs scored, and two RBI. Dillon Benham is batting .311 with four doubles, eight runs scored, and 10 RBI. Davis Mikell has a slash line of .302/.474/.465 with two home runs and 12 runs scored to go with 10 RBI. Lindau is hitting .289 with an impressive .509 on-base percentage as he has 11 hits and 12 walks to go with 11 runs and nine BRI. 

On the mound, Gratton has made six appearances and is 3-2 with 18 strikeouts and a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings to lead the pitching staff. Garrett Moran has been strong in relief with five scoreless innings and six strikeouts over three appearances. Charles Stapleford is 2-0 with 20 strikeouts and a 4.88 ERA in 24 innings pitched. Castleton, which posted the lowest ERA in all of Division III baseball last year, currently sports a 4.05 ERA in 2018.

Castleton will be past its halfway point of the regular season at the conclusion of spring break. The Spartans will remain home to face Colby-Sawyer in a NAC doubleheader on Wednesday, April 11, at 2 p.m., before opening a four-game set at Thomas April 14-15.