Baseball Tops UMF Twice in Rare Tripleheader

Baseball Tops UMF Twice in Rare Tripleheader

NORTH BRIDGTON, Maine – The Castleton baseball team took two games out of three against UMaine-Farmington in a rare North Atlantic Conference tripleheader Sunday afternoon at Bridgton Academy.

Castleton won three of four games in the series to improve to 10-9 overall and 4-2 in NAC play. UMaine-Farmington moved to 5-10 on the season and 2-4 in conference action.

The Spartans will return home for a NAC doubleheader against Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday, April 11, starting at 2 p.m.

Castleton 6, UMaine-Farmington 5

Castleton used a late-inning rally to come out on top in the opener. The Spartans, who trailed for most of the contest, put up five runs in the fifth to take the lead for good.

UMF scored single runs in the first, third, and fourth innings before Castleton got on the board. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of fourth, Davis Mikell led off with a single up the middle. After advancing to second on an error and moving to third on a wild pitch, Pat Mumford drove Mikell in with a deep sacrifice fly to center.

The Beavers added a pair of runs in the top of the fifth on a two-run double by Chase Malloy to open a 5-1 lead. Aaron Smith induced two groundouts to exit the inning without any further damage.

Castleton found life in the bottom of the fifth, stringing together five runs on five hits to take its first lead of the game. Jonathan Lindau and Mikell laced back-to-back singles before both runners came around to score on an RBI double by Mitchell Caron. Cutting the deficit to 5-3 with two outs, the Spartans kept the pedal down as Alex Borsari notched an RBI single before Matt Braman and Dillon Benham worked back-to-back bases-loaded walks to give the Spartans a 6-5 lead.

UMF threatened in the seventh with a runner at second base with two outs, but Lindau threw him out trying to steal third base for the final out of the game as Castleton held on for the 6-5 victory.

Smith picked up the win in relief, throwing three innings while yielding two runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts.

Castleton 9, UMaine-Farmington 3

UMF took an early 1-0 lead before Castleton responded with three runs in the home half of the first. Braman and Mikell led off with back-to-back walks before scoring on an RBI double by Lindau and a sacrifice fly by Caron. Lindau later came around to score on a wild pitch to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead. 

Despite chances on both sides through the middle innings, the score remained 3-1 until UMF tied the game at 3-3 with RBI singles by Malloy and Jimmy Parks in the top of the sixth.

Castleton went back to work in the bottom of the sixth, sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run frame to pull away. Caron started things up with a single and beat a throw home on a chopper to the shortstop to score the go-ahead run. Braman and Mumford each drilled RBI triples in the inning, Lindau added an RBI single, and Benham battled a bases-loaded walk as the Spartans took command, 9-3.

Smith once again came in relief and tossed a perfect ninth inning to secure the 9-3 victory. Garrett Moran was solid in his second career start, improving to 2-0 with three runs (two earned) over six innings with six strikeouts.

UMaine-Farmington 4, Castleton 3

Castleton was three outs away from securing the tripleheader and season sweep, but UMF battled back in the top of the seventh to steal game four of the series.

Each team plated two runs over the first two innings, bringing the score to 2-2 through the middle innings. Castleton took a 3-2 advantage in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Lindau, scoring Braman who was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by Mikell.

Smith, pitching for the third time on the day, nearly picked up his second win of the afternoon. An infield single and an RBI triple to right field by Jimmy Parks tied the game before Nick Attaliades-Ryan lofted a sacrifice fly to center to give the Beavers a 4-3 lead.

Braman got on base as the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but a strikeout ended the game as UMF held on for the 4-3 victory.

Charles Stapleford started the game for the Spartans and went three innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Smith was impressive in four innings of relief, throwing 34 of 43 pitches for strikes, but shouldered the loss after allowing two runs in the seventh.