CASTLETON, Vt. – More than 10 days removed from playing its last game, the Castleton University (1-9, 0-0 NAC) softball team is scheduled to play four doubleheaders during the next six days.
Coming off a week when it saw four postponements or cancellations, the Spartans will be searching for warm weather as it faces Middlebury College, Johnson State and Lyndon State on the road. Returning home, Castleton takes on UMaine-Farmington in its newly scheduled home-opening contest.
Starting with a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Castleton travels north to face the Panthers. Middlebury (7-7, 0-3 NESCAC) comes into play losing three of its last four contests.
Emily Moore leads the Panthers with a .364 batting average over 11 games. She has 12 hits, seven of which were of extra bases. On the mound, Allison Quigley is 3-1 with a team-low 2.92 ERA.
In the last meeting between the squads in 2016, Middlebury took two from Castleton at home. The Panthers took a 3-2-nail-biter in game one before cruising to a 6-0 victory in the back half of the twin bill.
Returning to conference action, Castleton will face Johnson State and Lyndon State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. A year ago, the Spartans defeated the Badgers 12-0 and then 9-1 at home and both in five innings. Against Lyndon State, Castleton was even more dominant, chalking up a couple of wins by a combined score of 29-1.
Johnson State enters play this week with a 1-11 record, while Lyndon State is just 0-4 after seeing 10 games already adjusted.
Wrapping up the week, Castleton is expected to finally have the chance to open its season at home with a doubleheader against UMaine-Farmington. Beginning at 12 p.m., the Spartans will welcome a 2-10 Beaver squad to Spartan Softball Field.
Last year, Castleton defeated Maine-Farmington 11-1 in the first game before clinging to a 3-2 victory in the nightcap. Timi Carone led the Spartans with six hits in the two games, while Taylor Paquette pitched a complete-game five-hitter to clinch the 3-2 decision.
Barring any schedule changes, Castleton will return to action after the aforementioned games at 3:30 p.m. on April 17 against Norwich. This game will also be the Spartans "Pink Game," to raise awareness in their fight against cancer.
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