RINDGE, N.H. -- Seven runs in the fifth and five in the sixth powered the Castleton University baseball team in its comeback effort and an eventual 16-10 win over the host Plymouth State Panthers at Pappas Field on the campus of Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon.
Castleton improves to 13-14 overall and 5-4 in the Little East, while Plymouth State falls to 10-15 and 3-6 in league action.
The Spartans tallied 14 hits as a team with five players – Deagan Poland (2-for-4), Davis Mikell (3-for-5), Dillon Benham (2-for-5), Josh Ferro (2-for-3) and John Stewart (2-for-4) – recording multi-hit games.
Trailing 4-2 heading into the fifth, Castleton exploded for seven runs on five hits and sent 11 batters to the plate. Mikell recorded two hits in the frame, doubling to lead off before dropping down a bunt single later on. He also collected a stolen base in the frame.
Benham followed Dylan Bailey's walk and Mitchell Caron's sacrifice bunt with a 2-RBI single. With Benham on first, Josh Ferro stepped in and cracked his first career homer to give the Spartans the lead, which they would not relinquish.
Continuing the offensive outburst in the sixth, Castleton sent 10 more to the plate. Ferro and Mikell each recorded RBI base hits, while Stewart III singled to load the bases.
Aside from the two big innings, the Spartans added a single run apiece in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth frames.
On the mound, Cameron Goulet started for Castleton, going 5 innings and allowing three earned; he struck out six. In relief, Zack Marlow, Andy Kenosh and Davis Mikell combined for the final four innings allowing five earned and striking out three.
Castleton is scheduled to return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a conference doubleheader against nationally-ranked Southern Maine. Stayed tuned to the schedule and @CastletonSports on Twitter for any further weather-related updates.
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