ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Exploding offensively with 26 runs scored, the Castleton University baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Bard College - 13-4 and 13-7 - on Saturday at Honey Field.
Castleton moves to 4-4 overall with the sweep, while Bard falls to 2-3.
Leading the way for Castleton, Davis Mikell continued his absolutely scorching start to the season with a 7-for-7 performance at the plate during the doubleheader. The two-time reigning Little East Player of the Week collected three walks, scored eight runs, drove in four and tallied five extra-base hits while raising his slash line to .600/.657/.967.
Castleton 13, Bard 4 (7 innings)
Reaching three of the game's first four batters, the Spartans had no signs of sluggishness following more than a week off from competition. Mikell's first hit and first double of the day split the outfielders, dropping in the right-centerfield gap. Giving way to two consecutive walks, Mikell proceeded to score on a wild pitch to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead.
Following two runs for Bard, Castleton got right back to work with a couple of scores to retake the lead. Earning a six-pitch walk to lead off the inning, Brayden Millet advanced to third on Matt Jackson's double that kissed the right-field line. Following an error that allowed Pat Mumford to reach and scored Millet, Mikell picked up his second base knock of the afternoon to score the former.
Securing a 3-2 lead after two, Castleton did not look back, scoring three in the third and four in the fourth to blow the game open. Millet, Mumford and Dylan Bailey each tallied an RBI single, while John Stewart III earned a bases-loaded walk and Jackson drove in a runner on an infield grounder.
The Spartans tallied 15 hits in the contest led by multiple hits from Mikell (5), Bailey (3) and Caron (2). Meanwhile, Deagan Poland, Stewart III, Millet, Jackson and Mumford each tallied a single hit.
On the mound, Garrett Moran moved to 3-0 on the season with the victory. He went five innings, surrendering four runs and ringing up six batters. In relief, Joe Gratton tossed two scoreless frames and struck out one.
Castleton 13, Bard 7 (7 innings)
Showing no signs of slowing down, the Spartans scored twice in the first inning of game two en route to bringing home at least one run in six of the game's seven frames. After Poland reached on a five-pitch walk, Mikell sent the first offering down the left-field line setting up the familiar second and third with none out situation.
Taking advantage of another error, Poland raced home to make it 1-0 Castleton. Millet then followed with another RBI base knock to drive in Mikell and stretch the lead to two. In the top of the second, Castleton added one more as Caron cracked his first homer of the season, soaring the ball well over the outfield fence.
After Bard scored three in the bottom of the third to knot the contest at 3-3, Castleton struck again in the fourth. Mikell started off with a walk and proceeded to round the bases on Dillon Benham's RBI double in the very next at-bat. Following a wild pitch that moved the runner over, Bailey worked through a marathon nine-pitch plate appearance, slapping a groundout to the pitcher that scored Benham.
Plating three in the fourth, Mikell (scored Mumford and Caron) and Benham (scored Mikell) ripped back-to-back triples. Yet, Bard refused to go away as the Raptors answered with two in the bottom of the frame. Holding an 8-5 advantage heading into the sixth, the Spartans tacked on five more over the following two frames to put Bard away.
Charlie Stapleford earned his first win of the year from the bump, tossing five innings. He allowed three earned runs and struck out five opposing hitters. Closing out the contest on the mound, Andy Kenosh threw the last two frames and allowed two runs.
Castleton returns to action at 5 p.m. on Thursday as it faces the Apprentice School to open a six-game weekend road trip to Newport News, Va. and Kings Point, N.Y.
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