Baseball Hits Road for Four-Game Set at Thomas

Baseball Hits Road for Four-Game Set at Thomas

CASTLETON, Vt. – Fresh off a doubleheader sweep in its home opener on Wednesday, the Castleton baseball team is back in action for a North Atlantic Conference four-game series at Thomas starting at 3 p.m. on Friday.

The two teams will battle the elements throughout the weekend, as freezing rain and cold temperatures forced the four-game set to be bumped up to Friday and Saturday.

Castleton (12-9, 6-2 NAC) has hit its stride in the conference, winning six of its last seven games to take over first place in the early NAC standings. The Spartans claimed both ends of a doubleheader against Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday, led by dominant pitching and powerful offense. Cameron Goulet and Andy Kenosh allowed just two earned runs over 13 innings, while Davis Mikell finished 3-for-5 on the afternoon with three extra base hits and five RBI.

Mikell leads the Spartans in batting average (.338), on-base percentage (.495), and slugging (.567). The sophomore has posted a team-high 24 hits and 20 RBI with four doubles and four home runs. Jonathan Lindau comes in at .313 with a .494 on-base percentage and has 17 RBI on the year, while Mitchell Caron owns a .302 clip with six doubles and 11 RBI.

Castleton's pitching staff holds a 4.73 collective ERA with 88 earned runs in 167 innings pitched. Garrett Moran and Joe Gratton have solidified their roles at the front end of the rotation after picking up key conference victories over the past week. Moran is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 18 innings, while Gratton is 4-2 with 24 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. Kenosh has made four appearances, including one start, and holds a 2.08 ERA.

Thomas (3-17, 1-5 NAC) is coming off a doubleheader split against Husson on Wednesday. The Terriers dropped game one, 3-1, before bouncing back with a 3-0 shutout victory in the night cap.

Thomas is batting .199 as a team. Isaiah Arana has paced the Terriers offense thus far in batting (.340) and on-base percentage (.380) with six stolen bases. Alex Curtis leads the team in hits (18), doubles (6), and RBI (11). The Terriers are averaging 2.55 runs per game.

On the mound, Cody Cousins has recorded solid numbers despite being 0-4. He leads the team with a 3.04 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. Dylan Copeland has two of the squad's three wins with a 4.80 ERA in 15 innings, while Brandon Hubbard is 1-0 with an 8.36 ERA in 14 innings.

Castleton swept the season series from Thomas last year, highlighted by three straight shutouts to close out the series.