NEW LONDON, Conn. - Late runs in both ends of a doubleheader pushed the host Coast Guard Bears past the Castleton University baseball team - 5-3 and 4-3 - on Sunday afternoon at Nitchman Field.
Castleton falls to 7-9 overall on the season, while Coast Guard improves to 11-8.
Deagan Poland and Davis Mikell led the Spartans offensively, collecting three hits apiece across the two contests. Poland scored twice and stole a base, while Mikell had two extra-base hits to drive in two as well as score twice and walk five times.
Parker Brown and Cameron Goulet (0-2) combined to toss the first contest, allowing just seven hits and striking out eight. In game two, Max Olmsted earned the no decision over five frames with six strikeouts before giving way to relievers Andy Kenosh - 2 IP, 2H - and Mikell (0-1) - 3IP, 3H, 1R.
Castleton will return to action at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as it continues Little East competition with a solo contest at Keene St.
Coast Guard 5, Castleton 3 (7 innings)
Notching a run in the fifth and the sixth, the Bears were able to break the 3-3 deadlock with the Spartans and pull ahead for good.
Castleton took the initial lead on a Mikell homer in the top of the first inning as the junior put a jolt into the offering for his fourth of the season and third in the previous three contests. Poland came around from first on the two-run shot after leading off with a single.
The two Spartans combined for another run in the third as Poland reached on an error and advanced to third on Mikell's base hit. Teasing the throw, Mikell led off of first base enough to induce a run down and allow Poland to scamper home.
Going four innings, Brown allowed three runs in the no-decision and set down six on strikes. Goulet surrendered two over a couple of frames.
Coast Guard 4, Castleton 3 (11 innings)
Forced to dig out of an early hole in the second contest, Castleton clawed back with one in the third and two in the fifth to knot things at 3-3. Following five innings of no scoring, Coast Guard scratched one across in the last of the 11th to walk off.
Alex Borsari led off the third with a single before Poland and Mikell reached on a single and a walk, respectively. Responsible for two of the Spartans three runs, Dillon Benham drove in Borsari after getting hit-by-a-pitch. In the fifth, Benham doubled in Mikell (walk) before going around on Dylan Bailey's single.
Moving from first to the mound in the eighth, Mikell proceeded to strike out the side in order. Returning in the ninth, the Williston, Vt. native worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
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