NEW LONDON, Conn. - Continuing its five-game and three-day road trip, the Castleton University baseball team stumbled against the Mitchell College Mariners in a nonconference seven-inning doubleheader - falling 9-4 and 3-1 - at Alumni Field on Thursday afternoon.
Castleton falls to 11-13 overall, while Mitchell improves to 19-6.
Reece De Castro led Castleton with three hits across the two contests. Pat Mumford had two hits out of the nine-spot in the lineup followed by seven other Spartans that collected a base hit. One of those - Jaxon Millet - made it back-to-back days with a two-RBI double and has collected four hits in his first 10 at-bats.
On the mound, Parker Brown - 3 IP, 6 ER, 2K - and Charlie Stapleford - 5 IP, 3 ER, 4K - were charged with the losses in games one and two, respectively. Zack Marlow (game one) - 3 IP, 1 ER, 1K - and Casey Piazza (game two) - 1 IP, 0 ER, 2K - pitched effectively in relief.
Returning to the field at 12 p.m. on Friday, Castleton will face UMass-Dartmouth in a Little East doubleheader.
Mitchell 9, Castleton 4
The Mariners jumped on the Spartans immediately, scoring seven runs across the first two frames. Despite the early deficit, Castleton battled and answered with three in the third. Dylan Bailey began the inning with a single up the middle of the infield and advanced to second as Mitchell Caron reached on a fielding error in the next at-bat. Entering the game as a pinch hitter, De Castro laced the offering to left.
Stepping in with the bases loaded, the designated hitter - Millet - roped the ball down the left-field line, scoring Bailey and Caron, while moving De Castro into scoring position at third. Trailing 7-3, Brody Fillion proceeded to plate De Castro and send Millet to the third on an RBI groundout.
Opening the game with a run in the first, Deagan Poland helped manufacture a score by earning a walk and then swiping second - his ninth of the campaign. Fellow senior Caron did the rest of the work, looping the ball into left to bring Poland around.
Mitchell 3, Castleton 1
More or less dominated by pitching, game two featured just four runs combined and had five innings without any scoring. While both offenses quieted down significantly, it took a few innings as the sides tallied at least one run in each of the first three frames.
Navigating through the first two batters successfully, Stapleford surrendered a triple to the Mariners' Shane Cochrane. The latter came around to score as the throw from the cut-off man went haywire. Following the first, the hurler allowed just two hits over the subsequent four trips to the mound.
Showing some offensive firepower in the second, Castleton collected three hits but was only able to bring one around. Capitalizing on Mumford's two-out infield single, Poland wrapped the ball down the left-field line, sending it all the way to the wall and allowing the former to come around to score.
In the seventh, the Spartans sought to spark the offense and rally as De Castro slapped a single through the left side. Two hard-hit balls from Mumford and Poland followed but great plays by the Mariners' middle infield led to outs on the lead runner.
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