Baseball Faces Offensive Struggles; Drops Road DH

Baseball Faces Offensive Struggles; Drops Road DH

BOSTON -- Unable to get the bats going, the Castleton University baseball team dropped a Little East Conference doubleheader at UMass Boston - 10-0 and 10-0 - on Friday afternoon at Monan Park.

Castleton falls to 16-19 overall and 7-9 in the conference while UMass Boston improves to 26-10 and 12-3 in league play. Both sides have now finished Little East regular-season action and have booked a spot in next week's conference championship. Final seedings will be announced following the conclusion of play for all six playoff-bound programs.

Jaxon Millet, Deagan Poland, Pat Mumford, Matt Jackson and Dillon Benham each recorded a hit as Castleton mustered five base knocks over the course of the doubleheader. Recording two walks and a hit-by-pitch, Poland reached base four times; Mitchell Caron also earned two base-on-balls.

On the mound, Joe Gratton and Garrett Moran were charged with the losses. The duo combined for eight innings pitched and struck out 10 Beacons batters.

Castleton is scheduled to return to action at 12 p.m. on Sunday as it wraps up the regular season with a nonconference road doubleheader against intrastate rival Middlebury.


UMass Boston 10, Castleton 0 (8 inn.)

Building up momentum and looking poised to finally break through, the Spartans put two on base in the top of the eighth. Showing patience, Mumford worked a walk and moved to second as Poland was hit by the offering during the next at-bat. With runners on first and second, Davis Mikell was unable to get a quality pitch to hit and the Beacons escaped from the inning with no harm done.

Picking up the team's first and only hit in the contest, Benham attempted to spark a two-out rally in the fourth to no avail. Reaching via a fielding error and a walk, Caron and John Stewart III got on in the second and fifth, respectively.


UMass Boston 10, Castleton 0 (8 inn.)

Recording four hits in the second contest, the Spartans were able to pick up some more offensive output but unable to stop the free-swinging Beacons from taking over quickly. In the third frame, Mumford and Poland each looked to try and jumpstart something for Castleton, similar to game one, but this time each picking up a base hit. Despite being unsuccessful, the team was able to finally break through the starting-pitching stronghold that UMass Boston held to that point.

Notching a couple of hits in the seventh, Jackson and Millet began with a single each. Ripping the offering up the middle, Millet beat out the throw from second to tally the infield single. The next batter - Jackson - laced the pitch through the right side of the infield to make it first and second, once more. Despite battling, the next two batters were unable to bring either runner around to score.


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