HAMPTON, Va. – Dropping both ends of a two-team doubleheader, the Castleton University baseball team fell 8-6 to the Apprentice School in its earlier contest before falling 17-2 to Tufts University in game two at War Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Castleton falls to 5-6 overall, while the Apprentice School improves to 10-5 and Tufts goes to 2-0.
Apprentice 8, Castleton 6
Striking for three runs in the top of the second, Castleton took a brief lead before defensive miscues allowed Apprentice to make a comeback.
Leading off with a base hit, Mitchell Caron moved to third after back-to-back walks were issued to Matt Jackson and Pat Mumford. Deagan Poland followed this with a slicing single into right to score two. Castleton sent a third across as Mumford scored on obstruction by the opposing third basemen.
After Apprentice claimed the lead, the Spartans clawed back with a run in the fifth and one in the seventh. In the former inning, Dillon Benham slapped a single to center, moved into scoring position and was driven in on an RBI single by Caron. He was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in the game.
During the latter frame, Poland led off with a base knock to right. Out of the two spot in the lineup, Davis Mikell sent a fly into the gap for a double to score Poland.
Casey Piazza started for the Spartans on the mound and tossed five innings to earn the no-decision. He allowed just one earned run and struck out one. Jacob Nadeau was tagged with the loss in relief, surrendering three runs over 1.2 innings.
Tufts 17, Castleton 2
Aggressive from the very start, Tufts scored multiple runs in three of the first four innings to grab a commanding lead and it did not look back.
Castleton scored its lone runs of the game in the fifth as the Spartans collected four hits and crossed two players. Brayden Millet got things going with a single to right before he advanced to second on a wild pitch.
During the next plate appearance, Jackson poked the ball through the middle of the infield to drive Millet home. On a Mumford pop single down the right-field line that was bobbled by the fielder, Jackson scored the team's second run.
Mikell continued to move the line as he reached with his third single of the contest to go a perfect 3-for-3 and tally five hits in the two games. While a pitch to load the bags hit Benham, Castleton was unable to score another run.
Cameron Goulet started for Castleton, falling to 0-2 on the season with the loss. He allowed six earned runs in three innings of work while striking out three. Effective in relief, Matthew Deen rung up two batters in two innings without allowing a hit.
Baseball returns to action at 10 a.m. on Saturday as they face St. Vincent in a single contest at War Memorial Stadium.
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