Spartans Sweep ECAC New England Weekly Honors

Spartans Sweep ECAC New England Weekly Honors

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team received more recognition for its performances last week, as Josh Rylant, Devin Hayes, and Davis Mikell have been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Player, Pitcher, and Rookie of the Week, respectively, announced Tuesday by the league office.

Rylant made an immediate impact for the Spartans, helping the team to a 7-1 record on the week to secure the No. 1 seed in the North Atlantic Conference tournament. He batted .421 (8-for-19) with four runs scored, three doubles, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Rylant enjoyed three multi-hit performances in six games on the week, including a 3-for-3 effort with three runs scored in a 6-1 win at Husson. The junior haunted the Eagles over the weekend sweep, batting .583 (7-for-12) with three runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI – both of which proved to be the game-winning runs in a pair of late-inning victories. On Saturday at Husson, he drove in the go-ahead run on a single up the middle in the top of the seventh to lead the Spartans to a 2-1 victory. Less than 24 hours later, Rylant sparked the offense with his late heroics once again, driving in the only run of the game on an RBI double in the top of the seventh to give the Spartans a 1-0 victory.

Hayes highlighted the nation's top pitching staff that has the lowest ERA in any level of collegiate baseball with two complete-game shutout victories last week. He scattered seven hits over 14.0 scoreless innings, striking out 11 and walking just one to improve to 6-1 on the season. In a 2-0 win at Lyndon, Hayes struck out five and walked one while allowing five hits over 7.0 innings. He stranded the bases loaded in the seventh with a game-ending strikeout to preserve the shutout victory. It was more of the same at Husson on Sunday, as Hayes was in top form to shutout the Eagles with six strikeouts and just three hits allowed over 7.0 scoreless innings. With the game still scoreless in the sixth, he stranded the go-ahead run on third with a pivotal strikeout. After Castleton plated the game's only run in the top of the seventh, Hayes fired a perfect bottom half to complete his second shutout of the week. He faced just 23 batters in an 82-pitch complete game. The two conference shutouts lowered his earned run average to 0.32 in four NAC starts.

Mikell picked up two more wins on the mound to improve to 5-1 on the season. The freshman struck out 17 batters and allowed one earned run on nine hits over 12.0 innings. Mikell struck out seven and gave up one earned run on six hits over 5.0 innings in a win over Lyndon, before capping off the week with arguably his best performance of the season. He tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 victory over Husson, matching his career high with 10 strikeouts, while allowing just three hits and one walk over 7.0 scoreless innings. Mikell leads the pitching staff with a 0.92 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 39.0 innings on the mound. 

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The Spartans will be back in action on Friday for the NAC Championship tournament.