AUBURN, N.Y. – The Castleton baseball team saw its season come to a close on Friday evening, as it fell by a final score of 7-2 to Susquehanna in an NCAA Tournament Regional matchup at Falcon Park.
The Spartans wrap up the season with a 33-12 record following the loss. The 33 wins are one shy of the school record of 34, which was accomplished in both 2010 and 2012. Susquehanna improves to 31-15 with the victory.
Zach Bahan was 2-for-3 in the game with a walk, while Taylor Vile and Jim Buckley chipped in with RBIs. Charles Stapleford suffered his first loss of the season, working 6.1 innings and allowing just one earned run while striking out three. Michael LaBeau finished out the game for Castleton, going 1.2 innings and allowing two runs on two hits.
The Cassinelli brothers did a majority of the damage for the Crusaders, as both Justin Cassinelli and Matt Cassinelli had two hits. Dylan Glassmire drove in three runs for Susquehanna, while Cory Fallon picked up the win in 5.2 innings of relief. Fallon allowed two runs, but both were unearned.
The Crusaders got on the board first, striking for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first five batters of the game reached base safely, leading to two runs on a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly to right field.
Susquehanna extended its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning, when Danny Gordon hit a one-out double to right field and advanced to third on a base hit by J. Cassinelli. Gordon came in to score on an RBI groundout by Glassmire.
The Spartans loaded the bases in the fourth inning on a trio of walks, but failed to score as a strikeout put an end to the inning, keeping the deficit at 3-0.
Susquehanna extended its lead once more in the fifth inning, pushing across a run on an RBI single by M. Cassinelli to make it 4-0.
After trading zeros in the sixth inning, Castleton got its first run of the game in the top of the seventh. Nick Patierne led off the inning with a single, and came around to score on a two-out base hit by Taylor Vile to make it 4-1. Susquehanna answered right back, tacking on a run on a two-out triple by M. Cassinelli in the home half of the seventh to push the lead back to four runs.
Castleton once again closed the gap to three in the top of the eighth inning, when Buckley lofted a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Dan Errico.
Susquehanna put the final runs of the game on the board in the home half of the eighth inning, when Glassmire sent a two-out single up the middle to drive in a pair of runs and make it a 7-2 game.
Devin Hayes was named to the All-Tournament team for his performance against Union. Hayes went 8.0 innings and allowed just one run while striking out nine in a 3-1 victory for the Spartans.