WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Recording five hits and two RBI, Davis Mikell reached multiple milestones as the Castleton University baseball team earned a Little East Conference split with Eastern Connecticut State University - 15-2 and 2-8 - on Saturday afternoon at Eastern Stadium.
Castleton moves to 15-16 overall and 7-7 in the conference, while Eastern is 19-14 and 7-7 in league play.
Going 5-for-7 during the doubleheader, Mikell surpassed the 150-hit mark for his career and also reached the 100-RBI milestone with a 2-RBI single late in game two. Joining him with a high-mark, Pat Mumford collected career hit number 100 with a 2-RBI base hit in game one.
Putting on a masterful performance, Joe Gratton tossed seven innings of four-hit ball in the complete-game effort. The senior struck out eight and did not allow an earned run.
Castleton 15, Eastern 2 (7 innings)
Scoring early and often in the contest, the Spartans plated a runner in five of the seven innings, including three in the first, four in the fourth and six in the seventh. Loading the bases in the first as Deagan Poland, Dylan Bailey and Mikell all reached, two scored on Dillon Benham's double. Two at-bats later, Ferro recorded his first hit of the afternoon with an infield single to third.
In the fourth, the Spartans got off to a similar start as the first, reaching the first two batters. Tallying four runs on three hits, Mitchell Caron and Jackson cracked RBI singles to left while Ferro made first on a fielder's choice to score one more.
Notching four more hits in the seventh to run its total to 15 in the contest, Castleton plated six after starting off by loading the bases. Jackson and Mumford each recorded 2-RBI base hits in the frame, while heads-up base running led to two more scoring via wild pitches.
Eastern 8, Castleton 2
Similar to game one, a dominating pitching performance was the main spectacle. Eastern's starter Nick Rascati went seven innings and struck out nine as Castleton continued to battle the starting pitcher.
Posting the Spartans only hits and RBI in the contest, Mikell reached base four times after earning two walks. Leading off the fourth with a single to center, the infielder continued to raise his average with another base knock later in the contest.
Garrett Moran started for Castleton on the mound, going six innings and surrendering five runs. He struck out five in the loss. Jacob Nadeau entered the game in relief and posted a clean sheet, tossing one innings of hitless ball.
Castleton now has the week off as it returns to action at 2:30 p.m. on Friday as it travels to face UMass Boston in a conference doubleheader.
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