PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Late runs by the Rhode Island College Anchormen led the hosts past the Castleton University baseball team in both ends of a Little East Conference doubleheader - 3-2, 5-4 - on Sunday afternoon at Pontarelli Field. Despite being the host team, Rhode Island College was deemed the visiting team in the box score because the games were meant to be Castleton home contests prior to the venue change.
Castleton falls to 10-11 overall and 2-3 in league play, while Rhode Island College improves to 15-7 and 3-2.
RIC 3, Castleton 2
Castleton's bats were held in check throughout much of game one as Rhode Island College's starter - Mike Webb - went 7.1 innings and surrendering just one run. Falling behind 1-0 in the top of the second, the Spartans were held scoreless until the seventh. Matt Jackson led off the frame with a double into the left-centerfield gap and came around to score as Pat Mumford singled to center.
Rhode Island College took the lead again in the eighth but not for long as Castleton scored the equalizer in the last of the frame. Davis Mikell picked up one of his two hits during the contest and moved to second as Dillon Benham legged out an attempted sacrifice bunt. Moments later, Bailey lofted a single to right to bring Mikell around.
Tossing seven innings of two-run ball (one earned), Gratton scattered nine hits and struck out three. Out of the 'pen, Andy Kenosh took the loss over two innings of work. The sophomore allowed two hits and one run.
RIC 5, Castleton 4
Similar to game one, the teams went back-and-forth with the lead as the Spartans scored first to start things out. Deagan Poland led off with a base hit and reached second on an error before Mitchell Caron singled him in. Later in the inning, Dillon Benham cracked the ball over the centerfielder's head and to the wall, allowing Caron to motor around from first and extend the Spartan advantage to 2-0.
The Anchormen responded with two in the fourth and one in the fifth to take the temporary lead before Bailey's RBI single in the last of the fifth knotted the contest at 3-3. Making the best of his situation, Mikell stole second after being plunked and crossed home via the former's base hit.
In the eighth, Castleton got one back after RIC took a 5-3 advantage during the top of the inning, Caron and Benham each reached on a base on balls to make it first and second with two gone for Stewart III. Collecting one of his two hits in the contest, the junior slapped a chopper through the left side to score the lead runner. Attempting to get himself just 90 feet from home, Benham was gunned down on his way to third.
Garrett Moran made the start, tossing six frames and allowing just one earned. He allowed six hits while setting down eight via the strikeout. Sophomore Max Olmsted was tagged with the loss as he allowed two runs on three hits in three innings of work.
Castleton is scheduled to return to action for a single nine-inning conference contest against Plymouth State at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Spartan Baseball Field.
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