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Spartans Drop Doubleheader at N.C. Wesleyan

Spartans Drop Doubleheader at N.C. Wesleyan

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The Castleton baseball team dropped both ends of its season-opening doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon against N.C. Wesleyan.

The Spartans lost game one by a final of 11-0, before falling in game two by a score of 3-0. Sam Spencer turned in a complete-game performance in game two, but it was not enough as the Spartans were shut out in both contests.

Spencer finished with three strikeouts while allowing six hits in six innings of work in his first start of the season. Nick Patierne and Taylor Vile each recorded two hits and a walk on the day for Castleton, while Dan Errico drew three walks.

Castleton is now 0-2 on the young season, while N.C. Wesleyan moves to 4-0 with the sweep.

Conner Johnson took the loss, going three innings and allowing six runs, all earned. Steven Jurkiewicz threw three innings in relief, striking out three batters and allowing five earned runs.

Ryan Grant picked up the win for the Bishops, throwing six innings of three-hit ball while picking up a strikeout for five of the first six outs of the game. Five different players tallied two hits for N.C. Wesleyan, while Trey Croom drove in four runs on the day.

After a scoreless opening frame by both pitchers, N.C. Wesleyan broke into the score column in the second following a walk and a double down the left field line.

The Bishops struck again in the third inning, when Croom singled to right-center field to score a pair of runs and push the home team's lead to 3-0.

Castleton got a pair of base runners on in the top of the fourth inning, when Errico walked for the second time in the game and Jim Buckley was hit by a pitch, however, a fielder's choice later ended the Spartan threat.

In the bottom half of the frame, five consecutive batters reached base for N.C. Wesleyan leading to five runs, although the Bishops recorded just two hits in the inning. A pair of sacrifice flies and an infield pop-up got Castleton out of the inning, trailing 8-0.

The Spartans finally broke into the hit column in the fifth inning, when Patierne singled to left field. Deagan Poland followed him with a bunt single, and Vile singled to left as well to load the bases for the Spartans with just one out. Castleton could not cash in though, with a fielder's choice and a fly out ending the inning with the bases still loaded.

The Bishops would tack on three more runs in the bottom half of the sixth, pushing their lead to 11-0, a score that would hold until the final out.

N.C. Wesleyan kept the bats going early in game two, as it struck for one run in each of the first three innings of play.

Justin DiSanto and Dillon Moore recorded RBI singles in the first and second innings, respectively, before Ciro Norzagaray hit a solo home run to left-center field in the third inning.

Spencer would settle in from that point forward, allowing just one base runner in his final three innings of work and retiring the last nine batters he faced overall.

The Spartans were unable to get the offense going in game two, as they scattered just four hits and one walk throughout seven innings of play. 

Richard Harrell got the win for the Bishops, working 5.2 scoreless innings and striking out seven batters. Moore came on to pick up the save, not allowing a base runner in 1.1 innings of work and striking out a pair of batters.

Castleton is back on the diamond tomorrow, when it travels to Guilford. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 pm.