LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Castleton won the opening game against Lyndon 8-4, but then had its 21-game win streak snapped in the nightcap, as the Hornets earned the 4-0 shutout at Skip Pound Field on Saturday.
The Spartans had ten hits in the opener while scoring eight runs, but managed just a single from Taylor Vile in the second game to avoid the no-hitter. The spit ends the program-record winning streak at 21 games and the team drops to 29-10 on the season and 21-3 in the NAC. Lyndon, meanwhile, moves to 10-27 and 6-18 in conference play with the split.
Freshman Dillon Benham belted three hits, including a double while scoring twice in the opener, while Jim Buckley went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Sam Spencer earned the win in game one, going 7.0 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Conner Johnson took the loss in game two as he went 4.0 innings while giving up five hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts.
Lyndon's Zak Johnson was near unhittable in the nightcap, giving up just a first-inning single and facing one batter over the minimum, 22, while walking a pair of runners and striking out two. Jake Jourdain went 3-for-5 on the day to pace the Hornet offense.
The Spartans jumped on the Hornets in the top of the first inning. Vile drew a one-out walk and then eventually scored on a wild pitch for then 1-0 lead. Castleton added to its lead with four runs in the top of the three for a 4-0 advantage. Vile ripped an RBI double to score Benham and Errico singled Vile home with two outs. Zach Bahan then drew a walk and Buckley drove in two more runs before a groundout ended the inning.
Lyndon answered in the bottom of the frame with three runs. Each of the first two runners reached and one run came home on a single. Two batters later the Hornets scored on a sacrifice bunt and they added one more in the inning to trail just 5-3.
Benham doubled and scored in the fourth for the three-run lead and in the top of the seventh, Bahan and Buckley both ripped RBI doubles for the 8-3 advantage.
In the bottom of the frame, Lyndon managed one more run for the four-run final.
Pat Mumford led off the second game with a walk but was picked off first. Vile followed with a single and made it all the way to third with two outs. However, a strikeout ended the inning.
The Hornets put two of their first three runners on in the bottom of the frame for Andre Eason Jr. He singled home a run and then a sacrifice fly gave the home team a 2-0 lead.
Neither offense got anything going until the bottom of the fourth when Lyndon loaded the bases with one out. Devon Rollins was thrown out trying to steal home, but a two-RBI single one batter later made it 4-0. Johnson got out of the inning with a fielder's choice.
Aaron Smith came on in relief for Johnson and allowed just two hits over the final 2.0 innings while facing eight batters. Castleton, meanwhile, had just one baserunner in the final four innings.
The Spartans return to action on Friday when they host the NAC Tournament on Friday morning.