CASTLETON, Vt. - The Castleton State College baseball team completed a four-game North Atlantic Conference sweep of Lyndon State College, drubbing the Hornets 26-1 in the opener and winning 9-1 in the night cap.
In Game 1, Lyndon State broke through for a run without the aid of a hit in the top of the first, turning a pair of errors and a hit-batsman into an unearned run. Castleton starting pitcher, Will LaRose settled in after the first, allowing just two hits over the next four innings en route to the win. LaRose did not walk a batter and struck out three. Stetson Hicks (Whitefield, N.H.), Matthew Picard (Winooski, Vt.), Michael Johnson (Lyndonville, Vt.) and Jesse Murray (Danville, Vt.) each had singles for the Hornets. Jeremy Schichtle (Ryegate, Vt.) took the loss
Castleton scored in every inning, including eight each in the second and fifth frames, and five in the sixth. The Spartans pounded out 22 hits for the 26 runs, the team's highest output of the season. David Raczka and Aaron Zrenda each had two-run doubles in the eight-run second, while Kyle Brooks added a two-run single in the five-run sixth. Raczka was 4-for-5 with four runs-batted-in and four runs scored from the lead off spot, while Zrenda went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored from the clean-up spot. Billy Manley continued to feast of the Lyndon State pitching, collecting four more hits and two RBI. Brooks wound up with two hits, three RBI and four runs scored, while Mitch Thresher and Ted Mills had two hits apiece.
In Game 2, Billy Sisko worked around seven walks to earn the complete game win in the nightcap. Sisko struck out nine Hornets in the game, none bigger than the two that came with the sacks full and one out in the top of the fourth and already one Lyndon State run in. Castleton plated an unearned run in the second to take an early lead as Matt Eisenhuth singled and came around to score on an errant throw. Lyndon State tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth on a Shawn Lonardelli (Lebanon, Conn.) RBI single.
The Spartans broke open the contest after that, scoring two in the fourth and three each in the fifth and sixth. Eisenhuth provided the big blow, a three-run homerun to right-center field that plated Dan Conley and Billy Manley. Eisenhuth was 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored to pace the offense. Conley added a pair of hits, while Garrett Bissonnette went 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Hicks had two hits in the contest for Lyndon and Jesse Ballard (Alburgh, Vt.) went the distance in taking the loss