Baseball Stymied by Colby-Sawyer in NAC Doubleheader

Baseball Stymied by Colby-Sawyer in NAC Doubleheader

CASTLETON, Vt. - Despite two strong pitching performances from Davis Mikell and Steven Jurkiewicz, the Castleton baseball team's offense was held in check as the Spartans dropped a pair of North Atlantic Conference contests to Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday afternoon at Spartan Field. 

The losses snap an eight-game winning streak and mark the first home loss for the Spartans since April 28, 2015. The Spartans fell to 11-5 on the season and 2-2 in the NAC, while Colby-Sawyer improved to 10-8, 4-2.

Colby-Sawyer 2, Castleton 1

Mikell fanned 10 in a complete game on the mound for Castleton, but Colby-Sawyer plated two runs behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Mitchell Jr., who struck out five over 7.0 innings and escaped jams with timely pitches to hold on for the opening victory.

Both offenses were held at bay with just four hits aside. Colby-Sawyer broke through in the top of the fourth, with an infield single scoring the game's first run. Justin Devoid started the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Mikell came back with a big strikeout looking for the second out of the inning, Brendan Thurber hit a soft ground ball up the middle, deflecting off the glove of an outstretched Dylan Bailey, allowing Devoid to score from second.

Colby-Sawyer added another run in the top of the fifth. After walking and advancing to second on a wild pitch, Doug Avellino stole third and scored after the ensuing throw down sailed into left field to give the Chargers a 2-0 lead. 

Castleton was poised for a big inning in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded and just one out. Mitchell Jr. worked out of the jam, however, allowing just one run to cross the plate on a sacrifice fly from Zach Bahan, which scored Deagan Poland who started the inning with a single. A fielder's choice ended the frame and proved to be the final scoring of the contest, as the Spartans went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Mikell pitched a complete game in the loss, falling to 2-1 on the season with just one earned run on four hits over 7.0 innings pitched. Matt Jackson finished 2-for-2 at the plate, while Poland and Jonathan Lindau each recorded a hit.

Colby-Sawyer 2, Castleton 0

Colby-Sawyer got another solid outing from its starting pitcher in the nightcap, with 5.0 shutout innings from Michael Fazio and two scoreless frames from Ryan Glendye out of the bullpen.

Jurkiewicz pitched strong for Castleton, allowing two runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings with four strikeouts. Single runs in the fifth and sixth made the difference, however, as he suffered his first loss of the season to fall to 2-1.

In a quiet game offensively, Colby-Sawyer scored first on an RBI-groundout. Avellino and Tim Unczur singled to put runners on the corners, before Nathan Frongillo grounded out to Bailey at short to bring home the game's first run. Donovan extended the Chargers' lead to 2-0 with a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth.

The Spartans put two runners on base in each of the final two innings, but Glendye was able to hold off the high-powered offense with key outs down the stretch to preserve the 2-0 victory.

Castleton will travel to Maine for a four-game series against UMaine-Farmington starting with a doubleheader on Friday at 4 p.m.