TROY, N.Y. – The Castleton softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games at nationally-ranked Rensselaer on Wednesday. RPI won 13-5 in six innings in game one before snuffing out a late Castleton rally and taking game two, 6-5.
Maddie Provencher led Rensselaer with a 3-for-5 day at the plate with a home run, six RBIs, three runs, and a pair of walks as the hosts improved their winning streak to 13 consecutive games.
Castleton (5-8, 0-2 LEC) will return to action on Saturday at Skidmore for a non-conference doubleheader.
Rensselaer 13, Castleton 5 (6 innings)
Five Engineer players had multi-hit games for the hosts in the opener, led by Provencher, who homered and drove in four runs and scored three times in a 2-for-3 effort. Jessica Torch was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, and Kyla Anderson finished game one 3-for-4, drove in three, and scored a run.
RPI snagged a 1-0 lead in the first when Erin Askins doubled in one. They scored twice in the second on an RBI single by Anderson and a sacrifice fly to snag a 3-0 cushion.
Castleton scored twice in the fourth on doubles by Kylie Wright and Machaila Arjavich to narrow the deficit to four, but Anderson smacked an RBI single before back-to-back infield errors by the Spartans lead to another Engineer tally.
Provencher doubled before coming in on Anderson's third RBI single of the game in the fifth to make it 11-4. Calli Van Gorden hit an RBI single for the Spartans in the sixth before Rensselaer ended the shortened game when Ryleigh Greenwald singled in one and Cam Caswell hit a sacrifice fly.
Olivia Bowen took the loss for Castleton after allowing four runs, two earned, on six hits over two innings. She did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Rensselaer 6, Castleton 5
After Millerick kicked off the second inning with an opposite-field single, Jamie Boyle hit an RBI double to give Castleton a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Kayla Fac drove her in on a single to left field.
Wright held the high-powered Engineer offense at bay through the first two innings, but RPI broke through with three runs in the third inning to take the lead. Allie Hunt hit a one-out single and after the bases were loaded on consecutive walks, Caswell grounded out to score a run. Then, Provencher drove in a pair on a double.
In the fourth, RPI added to the lead with two runs. After leading off with a double, Quin Garant scored when Torch stole second and the throw got away. Then, Hunt doubled to score Torch. RPI scored its sixth run in the fifth inning on an infield single by Veronica DeStefano.
Castleton scored two in the seventh and put the tying run on first base, but Engineer pitcher Taylor Spargo induced a ground out to end it. Wright started the inning with a single. Two batters later, Thorne doubled to score Bowen, the pinch runner. Then, Van Gorden singled to score the fifth Spartan run.
Boyle finished game two 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored, while Millerick and Fac were both 2-for-3 with a run scored. Wright pitched a complete-game in the loss for the Spartans. She surrendered all six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with three walks and a strikeout.