Baseball Comes Up Empty in Virginia Finale

Baseball Comes Up Empty in Virginia Finale

HAMPTON, Va. – The Castleton baseball team struggled to find its offense as the Spartans fell to St. Vincent, 5-0, in the final contest of their Virginia trip on Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium. 

With the loss, Castleton falls to 4-6 on the season. St. Vincent improves to 4-6 with the win.

St. Vincent took an early 1-0 lead with a run on two hits in the top of the first. Stone Holtzman singled to right before Eddie Kilkeary brought him in with an RBI single to left field to give the Bearcats a lead they never lost.  

Castleton could not cash in on a leadoff double by Nick Fecteau in the second inning. Jake Spielberg grounded out to the right side to advance Fecteau to third, but a close play at first ended the threat as St. Vincent held on to its 1-0 lead. 

St. Vincent padded its lead with a pair of runs in the third. Tanner Yard and Holtzman hit back-to-back singles to start the inning and both came around to score from an RBI groundout by Kilkeary and a single into left field by Bobby Finn to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead.

The Spartans were unable to generate any offense through the middle-to-late innings, despite having a runner in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, and seventh frames. The Bearcats added to their lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh to hold a 5-0 edge.

Castleton could not string together a rally over the final two innings, as the Spartans were held in check and the Bearcats went on to win by a final score of 5-0.   

Jacob Nadeau suffered the loss on the mound with one earned run in two innings of work. Andy Kenosh and Zac Harrington combined to throw five innings, while Sam Sylvain tossed two scoreless frames in relief.

Jimmy Malone was strong on the mound for St. Vincent, holding the Spartans to five hits in eight shutout innings with six strikeouts to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Castleton will return to action next Saturday, March 24, to face Bard at 1 p.m.