CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team will put its six-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Lyndon and Husson for six North Atlantic Conference contests over the weekend.
The Spartans will face Lyndon in a doubleheader on Friday starting at 2 p.m., before opening a four-game series with Husson at Spartan Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. The team's five seniors will be recognized in a brief pre-game ceremony on Saturday.
Castleton comes in with a 16-9 mark overall and 10-2 record in conference play after a four-game sweep at Thomas last weekend. Five games since then have been postponed due to inclement weather, but the Spartans will look to continue their momentum as winners in 10 of their last 11 games.
Offensively, Davis Mikell is leading the way with a .333 batting average. Mikell has six doubles, four home runs, and 21 RBI on the year with a .474 on-base percentage. Jonathan Lindau is batting .316 with a team-best .482 on-base percentage and 22 RBI. Dillon Benham is coming off an 8-for-17 week at the plate and sits third on the team with a .313 average and 19 RBI entering the weekend. As a team, the Spartans are batting .257 and averaging nearly six runs per game.
On the mound, Garrett Moran is 3-0 in three starts with two complete games, 26 strikeouts, and a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings. Aaron Smith has made 13 appearances on the year and has a 3.77 ERA in 31 innings, while Joe Gratton is 5-2 in four starts with a 2.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings pitched.
Lyndon enters the weekend 9-11 overall and sits tied for first place with Castleton with a 5-1 mark in conference action. The Hornets have won three straight with a 5-4 triumph over New England College before a doubleheader sweep at UMF last Saturday.
Offensively, Lyndon is batting .308 as a team with three players at .400 or higher. Andre Eason Jr. leads the way in batting average (.429), on-base percentage (.470), hits (33), doubles (4), and RBI (16). Zach Hale is batting .410 with a .468 on-base mark, while Codi Smith has posted a .403 average with a team-leading 15 runs scored and 14 RBI.
The Hornets own a 5.41 team ERA in 20 games thus far. James Mundy has made six starts and is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA in 31 2/3 innings, while Jake Jourdain has posted a 2.73 ERA with a team-best 37 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Andrew Whalen has been the top option out of the bullpen, as he has notched three saves with a 1.15 ERA in 10 appearances spanning over 15 2/3 innings.
Castleton took three games out of four over Lyndon in last year's regular-season series and ousted the Hornets in the conference tournament, 12-0, to start a stretch of four straight playoff wins en route to the title.
Husson will come to town for a four-game set starting on Saturday. The Eagles are currently 11-14 overall and 7-5 in NAC action with a twin bill at Colby-Sawyer scheduled for Friday afternoon.
The Eagles are batting .222 as a team with one player batting over the .300 mark. Nick Guerrette has posted a .375 mark and leads the team with a .457 on-base percentage. Alex Chapman is batting .274 with 17 walks and 12 RBI, while Luke Covey leads the offense with 15 RBI on the season.
Husson currently holds a 4.44 ERA with 93 earned runs in 188 1/3 innings. Jesse Colford leads the way with five starts and has walked just two batters in 28 1/3 innings. Austin Smith is 2-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 27 innings, while Cody Collins has notched a team-best 2.42 ERA and is 3-1 in 26 innings on the mound.
Castleton swept the regular-season series last year before falling to Husson in the first round of the NAC tournament, 7-2. The Spartans rebounded to win four straight games en route to the conference title.