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Baseball Continues Winning Ways With Lyndon Sweep

Baseball Continues Winning Ways With Lyndon Sweep

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton baseball team extended its winning streak to eight straight games with a pair of North Atlantic Conference victories over visiting Lyndon, 4-2 and 5-2, on a cold Friday afternoon at Spartan Field.

With the wins, Castleton improved to 18-9 on the season and 12-2 in league action to officially secure first place. Lyndon, which came in tied for first place, fell to 9-13 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

Castleton 4, Lyndon 2

Castleton's bats came alive late and the Spartans were backed by another strong outing on the mound by Cameron Goulet, who went six innings while allowing two unearned runs with five walks and five strikeouts to improve to 2-1. Five Spartans recorded a hit in the win, led by Jonathan Lindau, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Mitchell Caron and Dillon Benham each finished with a hit and an RBI apiece. 

It was a pitching duel from the onset as neither side was able to scratch a run across over the first four innings.

Lyndon opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth without recording a hit. Ryan Cordeiro and Zak Johnson both worked full-count walks before coming around to score on back-to-back fielding errors at second base to give Lyndon a 2-0 lead.

The Hornets were poised for more with runners on the corners and one out, but Goulet escaped the jam without further damage. Codi Smith took off for second base to draw a pickoff throw and he was thrown out before the runner on third was cut down trying to race home to complete the inning-ending double play.

Lyndon's lead held until the Spartan bats came alive for four runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth.

Back-to-back walks by Matt Braman and Davis Mikell started the rally before Lindau belted an RBI double to deep right field to get Castleton on the board. Caron followed with a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game at 2-2 and Benham lined an RBI single to right field to score the go-ahead run. Pinch-hitter Andrew Graciano belted an RBI single through the left side to stretch the Spartans lead to 4-2.

Aaron Smith pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh and notched a strikeout to secure the 4-2, come-from-behind victory for the Spartans.

Castleton 5, Lyndon 2

After a slow start in the opening contest, Castleton came out aggressive in game two. Braman took the first pitch of the game back through the middle for a leadoff single and came around to score on an RBI triple by Lindau, who belted the first pitch he saw off the wall in right center. Caron came through with another sacrifice fly to give the Spartans an early 2-0 lead in the home half of the first inning.

Lyndon cut the deficit to 2-1 on an RBI groundout by Ben Rollins in the top of the second before Castleton added a run in the third and two more in the fourth to open a comfortable lead.

The Spartans took advantage of an error in the bottom of the third as Mikell reached on a throwing miscue and scored on an RBI single to Caron.

Pat Mumford started a two-run fourth inning with a one-out walk. After stealing second and third, Braman followed with a walk to put runners on the corners. A double steal worked to perfection as Mumford raced home and Mikell followed with an RBI single down the right field line to score Braman and stretch Castleton's lead to 5-1.

Lyndon put runners on second and third with one out in the top of the fifth but came away with just one run on an RBI groundout by Zak Johnson. Andy Kenosh stranded two runners to hold onto the 5-2 lead, which proved to be the final score.

Kenosh fired six innings and scattered nine hits with two earned runs and two strikeouts to improve to 2-0 on the season. Smith pitched the seventh again and struck out one to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Castleton returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday to open a NAC four-game series with Husson at Spartan Field. The Spartans will honor their five seniors in a brief pre-game ceremony.