LOS ANGELES – Battling until the end in both contests, the Castleton University baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader – 6-5 and 5-2 – against Occidental College at Anderson Field on Sunday afternoon.
Castleton falls to 1-2 overall, while Occidental remains unscathed and improves to 8-0.
Occidental 6, Castleton 5 (7 inn.)
Falling behind early, Castleton fought back with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to temporarily take the lead.
In the fifth – after a quick first out – Matt Jackson reached on an error before Pat Mumford slapped a bunt single up the line. With runners on first and second, Deagan Poland crushed the offering into the left-center gap to drive in Jackson. After Poland moved up to third on the throw home, Davis Mikell slapped an RBI single into center.
Pulling within 3-2 in the fifth, Castleton took over the lead in the sixth. Dylan Bailey's walk and Dillon Benham's slash double down the right-field line set the stage as Brayden Millet stepped in. Chopping a ball to short, Millet forced an error, advancing to second and bringing home Benham and Bailey to put Castleton ahead 4-3.
Trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh, Mikell recorded his second hit of the day with a towering fly to left-center field to knot the contest at 5-5.
Charlie Stapleford started the contest on the mound, going 5.2 innings and allowing six hits and five runs. Coming on in relief, Mikell helped the Spartans get out of the sixth inning, recording a quick out.
Occidental 5, Castleton 2
Switching roles with the host team in game two, Castleton jumped out to the early lead. In the top half of the second, the Spartans started with three straight walks to load the bases. During the next at-bat, Jackson lined the offering to centerfield, bringing John Stewart III home.
Tied at 1-1 in the seventh, the Spartans again took the lead. Reaching on a walk, advancing to second on an error and moving to third on a sacrifice bunt, Mumford took advantage of heads up running by Mikell. The latter, which reached on an intentional walk, led off of first just enough to draw the pickoff attempt. Caught between first and second, Mikell gave Mumford just enough time to break from third and score.
Cameron Goulet started on the bump for Castleton, tossing four innings and allowing just one run. Surrendering five hits, Goulet also struck out four batters. In relief, Andy Kenosh went two scoreless frames, while Jacob Nadeau tossed one inning and allowed one hit.
Baseball returns to action at 2:30 p.m. PDT on Monday as they travel to face Pomona-Pitzer in a single contest.
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