Baseball Takes Two From Colby-Sawyer

Baseball Takes Two From Colby-Sawyer

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team used efficient pitching and powerful offense to sweep Colby-Sawyer, 7-3 and 7-1, Wednesday afternoon in a North Atlantic Conference doubleheader at Spartan Field.

With the wins, Castleton improved to 12-9 on the season and 6-2 in conference action. Colby-Sawyer fell to 2-11 overall and 0-2 in league play after the losses.

Castleton 7, Colby-Sawyer 3

Cameron Goulet set the tone on the mound in the opening game. The sophomore went the distance and struck out 10 while allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits.

Matt Braman sparked the Spartans offensively with two hits and two RBI. Davis Mikell went 1-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI behind his fourth home run of the season.

Colby-Sawyer claimed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Doug Avellino doubled to start the game and advanced to third on a fly out by Brendan Thurber, and the ensuing throw to third got away as Avellino crossed the plate to give the Chargers an early lead.

Castleton got on the board with two runs on two hits in the bottom of the second. Steven Walsh walked and Alex Borsari singled to left field before Pat Mumford advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. With two on and two outs, Braman brought both runners home with a single up the middle to give the Spartans the lead for good, 2-1.

Jonathan Lindau led off the third inning with a single and Mitchell Caron followed with a walk, before both runners came around to score on an RBI double by Walsh and a sacrifice fly by Borsari to double the Spartans' lead, 4-1.

Mikell delivered the final blow in the bottom of the sixth, smashing a three-run home run over the wall in right-center to give the Spartans a 7-1 advantage.  

Goulet was dominant on the mound, retiring 13 straight batters until Brendan Thurber led off the seventh with a single. Thurber came around to score on a defensive miscue and Andrew Pratt scored Connor Henry on a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 7-3.

Goulet finished his complete game with an infield pop out to earn his first victory of the season as Castleton took game one, 7-3.

Ryan Glendye shouldered the loss on the mound for Colby-Sawyer, allowing seven runs on eight hits with four walks and three strikeouts over six innings.

Castleton 7, Colby-Sawyer 1

Andy Kenosh fired six strong innings in the nightcap, scattering seven hits and one earned run with two strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Mikell finished 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI to pace Castleton offensively. Braman, Caron, Dillon Benham, Dylan Bailey, and Borsari each finished with a hit apiece.

Caron gave Castleton an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Braman from second who reached on an error. The Spartans went back to work in the third, scoring two more runs capped by an RBI double off the wall in center field by Benham as Castleton opened a 3-0 lead.

Colby-Sawyer scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI double to left field by Tim Unczur, but the Spartans pulled away with four runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Benham started things up with a walk and eventually came around to score on a defensive error, before Braman drove in another run with a single to center. Mikell continued to see the ball well at the plate, sending a missile off the wall in left-center for a two-run double to stretch the Spartans lead to 7-1, which proved to be the final. Aaron Smith pitched a scoreless ninth to complete the sweep.  

Chris Hood took the loss on the mound for Colby-Sawyer, allowing two earned runs on three hits with a walk over three innings. Andrew Carbone surrendered four unearned runs with three strikeouts over three innings of relief.  

Castleton returns to action on Saturday for a doubleheader at Thomas starting at 1 p.m. The Spartans will play a four-game series at the Terriers over the weekend.