COLCHESTER, Vt. - Battling back from a two-run deficit and holding off a late charge by the home team, the Castleton University baseball team won the nightcap and earned the doubleheader sweep - 13-2 and 8-7 - over St. Michael's College on Thursday afternoon at Doc Jacobs Field.
Castleton moves back onto the winning side of the record book, improving to 10-9, while St. Michael's falls to 5-11 following the nonconference contests.
Pat Mumford led the Spartans with five hits combined in the two games while scoring four runs and driving in two. Brody Fillion (1) and Brayden Millet (2) each went 2-for-3 and tallying three RBI as a whole.
Castleton 13, St. Michael's 2 (7 innings)
Using four multi-run innings, Castleton rolled to a nine-run victory in the first game of the doubleheader. Plating its first two runs of the contest, Castleton's Millet came up with a timely hit in the top of the second with Mitchell Caron and Dylan Bailey leading off of second and third, respectively. Caron and Bailey each reached with a base hit earlier in the frame.
Blowing the game open in the fourth, the Spartans scored five runs on two hits and three walks. Davis Mikell collected an RBI single with runners on first and third, plating Mumford. Later in the inning, Bailey singled to drive in Mikell and Deagan Poland - reached on fielder's choice - to take a 7-0 lead.
Adding two more runs in the fifth and four in the seventh, Castleton kept its figurative foot on the gas to notch five more hits. Dillon Benham recorded a couple of RBI base hits - double and single - in each inning, while Bailey drove in his third run of the afternoon with a single.
Goulet started on the mound for the Spartans and went five strong, allowing two runs to earn his first win of the season. The junior struck out at least one batter in every inning and finished with eight. On in relief, Jacob Nadeau locked down the win with five more strikeouts over his two frames.
Castleton 8, St. Michael's 7 (7 innings)
Requiring a comeback effort, the Spartans and the Purple Knights went toe-to-toe over the first two innings with three runs scored each. In the first, Poland scored on heads-up base running following a lead-off single. Meanwhile, in the second, Matt Jackson led off with a single and advanced to second as Josh Ferro got plunked. Brody Fillion followed it up by lining a single down the left-field line. Mumford added one of his three hits in the game later in the stanza to bring home another run.
Trailing by two, Castleton struck again in the fourth inning with four runs - and nine between the two games - to take the lead. Evan Newkirk, Mumford and Mikell each notched RBI base knocks in the frame, while Ferro and Fillion both collected hits, as well.
St. Michael's continued to battle, scoring a run in the bottom of the fifth, making it 7-6 in favor of the visitors. Answering with one in the sixth, Benham plated Mumford with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Starting for the Spartans, Charlie Stapleford went three innings and allowed three hits. Out of the bullpen, Piazza tossed two frames without surrendering an earned run to pick up the win - his first of the campaign. Following Max Olmsted's inning - one run - Mikell came on to close out the contest. Recording his fifth save of the season, the junior was forced to work around a triple to close out the contest.
Castleton returns to action at 12 p.m. on Sunday as it travels to Providence, R.I. to face Little East opponent Rhode Island College in a doubleheader.
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