Apr 20, 2018
FARMINGTON, Maine - Striking late in game one and using the momentum to roll in game two, the Castleton University softball team earned the conference doubleheader sweep against Maine-Farmington on Friday afternoon. Despite playing at the Beavers' home field, the Spartans were the designated home team as the games were originally scheduled to be played in Castleton before weather disruptions caused changes.
Castleton has now won three in a row and improves to 4-12 overall. It has also picked up wins in its first two North Atlantic Conference contests of the season (2-0). Meanwhile, Maine-Farmington falls to 5-17 and remains defeated in league action at 0-6.
Castleton 3, Maine-Farmington 2
In a relatively low scoring affair, it was the designated road team that jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second before Castleton responded in the bottom half of the following frame. Devin Millerick began the inning with a two-bagger in the left-centerfield gap and was sacrificed to third by Timi Carone. Calli Van Gorden followed it up with an RBI groundout to the pitcher.
Held in the game by a strong pitching performance, Castleton was subsequently able to mount a sixth-inning comeback. Taylor Paquette tossed seven quality frames, allowing just the two scores early and finishing with five scoreless.
Likely suspects Van Gorden, Sara Baker and Tori Swaine were responsible for the late-inning rally. After the former singled and Baker moved her over to second, Swaine smacked an RBI single. Rachel Mirel completed the Spartan rally as Jayna Ryan - pinch runner for Swaine - came home from second on the base knock to left. The batter was the lone Castleton player to tally multiple hits in the game.
Castleton 10, Maine-Farmington 2 (5 inn.)
Exploding for six runs in the fourth inning, Castleton blew the game open after it was previously tied 2-2 to begin the frame. Leading off with a double to left center, Briley Blackbird advanced to third on Bailey Cummings' sacrifice bunt. Five straight hits followed the out with Millerick and Carone (RBI) singling, Van Gorden (2 RBI) doubling, Baker (RBI) singling and Swaine (2 RBI) homering.
An inning earlier while trailing 2-0, Baker doubled to drive in Carone and Swaine singled to plated Baker. Following the big inning, it was Carone that put the game away by singling and extending the lead to eight in the bottom of the fifth.
The top four in the Spartan batting order was responsible for driving in all 10 runs. Carone (3) and Swaine (3) led the way, while Baker (2) and Van Gorden (2). Each player is now batting over .360 on the season.
Softball returns to action with two more league games as they travel to Husson for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.