LONGMEADOW, Mass. –The Castleton University softball team scored 39 runs in a doubleheader sweep at Bay Bath on Tuesday in non-conference action. The run total was the highest in a single day since a 41-run explosion on April 13, 2016.
Freshman Jamie Boyle registered the first cycle since Jessica Babcock accomplished the feat in April 2016. Also, senior Tori Swaine became the 10th player in program history to reach 100 career hits with a single in the second inning of the first game.
In all, 14 players registered multi-hit days for Castleton. Boyle finished 5-for-6 on the afternoon with four runs scored and four RBIs. Her two-run homer in the second inning of the nightcap marked her first collegiate home run. Swaine was 6-for-8 with home run, five runs, and a team-high nine RBIs, while Miranda Fish was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and five runs. Kate LaPan and Makenna Thorne each ended the day with 4-for-6 performances.
Castleton (10-15) will return to action on Saturday when it hosts WestConn for a pair of Little East Conference (LEC) contests. The program will also host its annual Strike Out Cancer Games on Saturday.
Castleton 20, Bay Path 0 (5 Innings)
The Spartans exploded for seven runs in the first inning to snag the early lead, highlighted by a two-run single by Fish and back-to-back triples by Wright and Thorne.
Then, Castleton plated a season-high 10 runs in the second inning. Five out of the first six hitters in the inning singled before Fish doubled in one and Swaine launched a three-run blast.
The Spartans scored one in the third and two in the fourth to complete the scoring. Cassidy Otis singled before Emily Harvey tripled and Micaela Madigan singled to account for the scoring in the fourth.
Swaine bounced back from a 3-for-18 stretch over her last six games with a 3-for-3 output with six RBIs and her first home run of the season in game one.
Wright evaded a second-and-third jam in the second inning with one out in the Wildcats' best scoring threat of the contest. She struck out four over five four-hit shutout innings to claim her sixth win of the season.
Castleton 19, Bay Path 1 (5 Innings)
The Spartans scored early again for the second straight game with a four-run first inning before a 10-run second inning again. Boyle achieved three-quarters of the cycle with a triple in the first and a single and homer in the second inning.
Castleton got single runs in both the third and fourth before converting for three in the fifth.
Boyle doubled to left field to lead off the fourth inning to polish off her cycle. After Bowen walked, Thorne smacked a run-scoring double for the run in the fourth.
In the fifth, LaPan doubled followed by Harvey and Swaine singles to score one before Emily LaBounty hit an RBI groundout and Bowen had an RBI base knock.
The Wildcats scored their lone run of the day in the fifth and final inning. After a leadoff single followed by a hit batter, an infield throwing error allowed the runner from second to score on the ball out of play.