CASTLETON, Vt. – The Spartans took the first two games of a four-game set against UMaine-Farmington, beating the Beavers 5-1 in the opener before claiming an 8-0, shutout victory in the finale this afternoon at Spartan Field in North Atlantic Conference play.
Castleton outhit the Beavers 19-7, while limiting them to just one run in 14 innings of play. The Spartans have now won four of their last five games, including four straight in the NAC, and stand at 10-9 (4-2 NAC) on the season. UMF, meanwhile, holds an 8-6 (1-3 NAC) mark.
Devin Hayes was shaky at times in his fourth start of the year, but pitched himself out of jams, including back-to-back bases-loaded frames, to lead the Spartans to a 5-1 victory over the Beavers in game one of today's doubleheader.
The junior right-hander picked up his first win of 2016 after going six innings with just one run allowed and four strikeouts. Nate Pushard took the loss for UMF despite a quality outing, tossing 5.1 innings of five-run baseball with three strikeouts.
Nick Swim paced the Castleton lineup after reaching base in all four of his at-bats. The senior shortstop went 3-for-3 in the game with a pair of RBIs, while Deagan Poland and Pat Mumford added two hits and two runs scored apiece. For UMF, Sean Cabaniss, Jimmy Parks and Mark Leahy provided the lone offense with a combined three hits. Cabaniss recorded his first triple of the season, while Parks tallied an RBI double late in the game.
After a scoreless two innings to start the contest, Castleton got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. With runners on the corners and one out, Swim ripped an RBI single to center that plated the first run of the day. In the next at-bat, Dan Errico was walked to load the bases before Zach Bahan was hit by a pitch to bring home Mumford, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.
The Beavers loaded the bases in the fourth and fifth innings, but Hayes was able to get out of the jams unscathed in both frames. UMF finally got on the board in the top of the sixth when Parks' RBI double gave them their lone run of the day and cut their deficit back to one.
Castleton answered in the bottom half of the frame with three runs from four hits to claim a four-run lead. Poland doubled down the left field line before Taylor Vile's single to center brought him home. Later in the sixth, Swim hit an RBI single to center, and Bahan closed out the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly to left to give the hosts a four-run advantage.
Michael LaBeau shut the door on the Beavers with a pair of strikeouts in his lone inning of work to bring the game to its final score, 5-1.
Castleton carried that momentum into game two, as Charles Stapleford tossed a complete game, four-hit shutout to help the Spartans claim the doubleheader sweep over UMF with an 8-0 victory in the finale.
The freshman delivered a dominant performance, with seven strikeouts and just four walks to pick up his first win of the year. The Beavers had four pitchers feature in game two, with Riley Chickering (2-2) taking the loss after giving up six runs (four earned) in 3.1 innings of work.
Swim pushed his hits total to five on the day after going two-for-three with two runs scored in game two of today's doubleheader. Vile went 2-for-4 at the plate with a home run, double and two runs scored, while Mitchell Caron drove in a career-high three runs. For UMF, Tyler Flayhan led the attack with a pair of hits.
The Spartans began the first inning with a bang, as Vile hit the first pitch that he faced over the left field fence for his first career home run. Caron followed later in the inning with a bases-loaded, two-run double to put the hosts in front, 3-0.
After pushing its lead to four with a run in the second, Castleton was at it again in the fourth with two runs from four hits. With runners on first and second, Errico sent an RBI double down the right field line before Bahan drove home the second run of the inning with a liner into left-center to give the hosts a six-run lead.
The Spartans tacked on two more in the bottom of the sixth, as Stapleford closed out the contest by giving up just three hits in the final three innings of play to secure the Castleton's 11th-straight victory over the Beavers with an 8-0 result.
These two programs close out the season series tomorrow afternoon with another doubleheader at Spartan Field. The opening contest is slated to begin at noon, with the finale of the four-game set to follow.