HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – Castleton scored four or more runs in three separate innings en route to its third straight victory with a 15-5 win over the William Peace Pacers this afternoon at the North Main Athletic Complex.
The Spartans outhit the opposition 20-10 and played error-free baseball, as the squad closed out its season-opening roadtrip with a 3-3 record. The Pacers, meanwhile, drop their third straight contest and fall to 3-6 on the season.
Six different players produced at least two hits for Castleton, led by Taylor Vile. The senior second baseman went 4-for-6 at the plate with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Fellow seniors Dan Errico and Nick Swim each went 3-for-6 with one home run and three RBIs, while Mitchell Caron added three hits and three RBIs of his own.
Leadoff man Easton Payton paced the William Peace lineup. The freshman reached base three times with two hits, two RBIs and one run scored. Alex Scott went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in one run, while Cullen Cicotte and Derek Beale produced the team's only two extra-base hits with one double apiece.
Sam Spencer picked up his first win of the season after tossing six innings of four-run baseball with nine strikeouts, whereas Michael LaBeau and Zac Harrington closed out the contest with a combined three innings of scoreless relief. Aron Crumb, meanwhile, took the loss after giving up five runs and eight hits in three innings of work.
The Spartans scored in the first inning for the third straight game to take an early lead. Vile led off the contest with a single deep in the hole, and three batters later, Errico ripped a double to left that brought Vile home to give the visitors a one-run lead.
The Pacers answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first. Scott started the scoring in the frame with an RBI single to right before Will Cunningham brought another run home with a shot to left center to put the hosts in front, 2-1.
In the top of the third, Castleton's bats came alive with five runs from five hits to grab a 6-2 lead. With one on and one out, Swim homered to deep left center for the first two runs of the frame. Errico followed with a solo shot, and Nick Patierne added a two-run single later in the frame to extend the visitors advantage to four.
The Spartan bats didn't slow down, as they tacked on five more in the sixth. Vile and Caron sparked the offense with a pair of two-run doubles, while Matt Jackson and Swim produced RBIs of their own to give Castleton an 11-2 lead. The Pacers were able to get three runs back in the sixth and seventh innings, but the Spartans responded with a four-run eighth to secure a 15-5 victory.
Castleton has more than two weeks off before returning to competition when the squad travels to Virginia to play Apprentice, MIT and Tufts on March 17-19.