CLAREMONT, Calif. – Pitching struggles troubled the Castleton University baseball team as the Spartans fell – 17-5 – to the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens at Alumni Field on Monday afternoon.
Starting out hot, Castleton scored twice in the first inning before Pomona-Pitzer quickly turned the tables and did not look back. Still early in the season, Castleton falls to 1-3 overall, while Pomona-Pitzer improves to 3-1.
Back-to-back base hits by Deagan Poland and Davis Mikell got the Spartans off to a hot start. With runners on first and third, Dylan Bailey grounded into a fielder's choice before advancing to second on an error, while Poland scored.
Dillon Benham's single to left continued the inning as Bailey advanced to third. Heads up base running led to another run as Benham sacrificed himself so Bailey could race home.
Continuing his hot start to the season – leading to Little East Baseball Player of the Week – Mikell collected another RBI single in the sixth. After Poland doubled to left-center field to lead off the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch, Mikell drove him home.
Taking advantage of poor fielding in the ninth, Castleton tallied two more runs. Reaching on an error, Evan Newkirk moved up to second as Jaxon Millet tallied his first-career hit. Lacing the ball on the ground, it ripped through the right side of the infield before the second baseman could catch up with it.
Another error on the Pomona-Pitzer second basemen allowed Brody Fillion to reach and scored both Newkirk and Millet. Earlier in the game, in the seventh, Fillion cracked a seeing-eye single back up the middle for his first collegiate hit.
Castleton returns to action at 2:30 p.m. PDT on Tuesday afternoon as it travels to face the California Institute of Technology in a single game.
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