BENNINGTON, Vt. – Bouncing back with two dominating wins led by strong pitching and a couple of explosive offensive outputs, the Castleton University softball team defeated Southern Vermont College 8-0 and 18-2 – both in five innings – on Monday evening.
Castleton improves to 6-14 overall, while Southern Vermont is 3-25 on the season.
Castleton 8, Southern Vermont 0
The Spartans scored four in the first, one in the second and three in the third en route to the victory.
In the circle, Taylor Paquette threw all five innings and surrendered just one hit. The senior also struck out eight, tying for her career-high that she set against Norwich in 2015.
Leading off the game with a walk, Timi Carone helped get the Spartans started early. During the second at-bat, Carone advanced to third as Calli Van Gorden ripped a double down the right-field line. Following another walk, Tori Swaine stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. The Oakdale, N.Y. native did her job perfectly, cracking a double well over the heads of the outfielders to score two.
Turning over the order in the second, Van Gorden slapped an RBI single to make it 5-0. The sophomore had herself a game, getting another opportunity to bat in the third and making the best of it. With runners on second and third, Van Gorden singled.
Abby Ferrara and Bailey Cummings were responsible for driving in the other two Castleton runs in the third. The former drove in Carpenter on a two-bagger down the left-field line, while Cummings singled to center.
Castleton 18, Southern Vermont 2
Pounding out 17 hits and scoring 18 runs, the Spartans were led by an eight-run third inning. All eight of the team's runs scored with two outs after the first two batters went down in order.
During five of the next six at-bats, Castleton sent someone home as Rachael McCormick tripled, Micaela Madigan singled, Carone doubled and Van Gorden singled. The run was eventually capped off by an absolute monster of a homer by Baker; she got a hold on the ball and drove it well over the fence in dead centerfield.
Nine players in the Castleton lineup recorded hits as Thayer led the way with four, while Madigan was right behind her with three of her own. Ally Hoke, McCormick and Mirel each had two.
McCormick – game two's starting pitcher for Castleton – helped her cause by driving in two runs. In the circle, she tossed four innings of one-run ball allowing three hits and striking out four.
Looking to keep the momentum going, Castleton returns to action at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday as it travels to Lyndon State to play a conference doubleheader.
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