Spartans stymie, sweep Beavers

Spartans stymie, sweep Beavers

CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton State College swept a North Eastern Athletic ConferenceEast Division baseball doubleheader from the University of Maine at Farmington earning a 9-0 win in game one, while posting a 5-0 shutout in the nightcap.

The Beavers (3-11 overall, 2-4 NEAC East) and Spartans (13-8, 8-0) are scheduled to meet again Saturday for a pair of conference games. First pitch is set for noon.

 In the opener, Adam Greenlese (Shokan, N.Y.) twirled a complete-game three-hitter to earn the shutout. Greenlese walked two and struck out three, while inducing nine ground ball outs to improve to 2-0.

Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine) took the loss for UMF, going four-and-two-thirds innings, allowing nine runs (five earned) on nine hits and five walks with two strike outs.

Castleton struck for a pair in the first inning as David Brandt (Contoocook, N.H.) showcased his speed, leading off with a single, stealing second and taking third when the throw went into centerfield. Brandt later scored on a balk before Ryan Zielinski (Schenectady, N.Y.) doubled down the leftfield line to score Cameron Curler (Vergennes, Vt.) who reached on an error earlier in the inning.

Nine Spartans went to the plate in the four-run second inning, highlighted by a run-scoring triple by Zielinski down the rightfield line which plated Curler who singled. Macyn Clifford (Brookline, N.H.) singled up the middle to start the one-out rally and scored on a Mat Pause (Wilder, Vt.) double past the dive of UMF leftfielder Dale Winchenbach (Waldoboro, Maine). Pause moved up on a passed ball and came around to score on a Brandt ground out to second.
Castleton grabbed another run in the third and a pair of unearned runs in the fifth to cap the scoring. Clifford worked a one-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by Pause in the third, while Brandt provided an RBI ground out and Zielinski singled home his third run of the game in the fifth.
Zielinski went 3-for-4, falling a home run shy of the cycle with three RBI to lead the offense. Pause finished 2-for-3 and reached base all three times, scoring twice and driving in a pair.

A lead-off single by Ian McAlister (South Berwick, Maine) broke up Greenlese's no-hit bid, but the Beavers could not push him across.

UMF had multiple runners on in the third, fifth and seventh innings but the Spartan defense was able to turn in enough plays to keep the Beavers from venturing past second base all game. Pause made a terrific snap throw to first base to pick-off a runner from first base with two on and one out. Zielinski turned in a diving catch on a line-drive up the middle in the third to extinguish a potential rally, and a Curler-to-Zielinski-to-Borowski twin killing ended the game with two in the seventh.

In the nightcap, Derek Osborne (Springfield, Vt.) earned his first career shutout, scattering four hits and two walks over seven innings with six strikeouts.

Osborne outdueled Casey Ashey (Searsport, Maine) who carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Ashey was saddled with the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and seven walks while striking out five.

Castleton manufactured a run in the first inning as Brandt walked, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Curler. Zielinksi brought him home with a sacrifice fly to rightfield for what proved to be all the offense Osborne needed.

Both starters worked their way in and out of trouble, using the double-play ball and timely strikeouts on more than one occasion.

The Spartans broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth, sending eight men to the plate and scoring four runs. Wagner and Zak Mayo (Avon, Conn.) each provided one-out singles after Borowski walked, loading the bases. Hoare then dropped a Texas-league single into right to bring home Borowski. Greenlese brought home the second run on a fielder's choice and pinch-runner D.J. Detweiller (Starksboro, Vt.) came around to score from second on a throwing error which moved Greenlese up to second. Greenlese came around to score when an attempt to throw him out stealing third sailed into leftfield.

Joe Sullivan Ian McAlister Dale Winchenbach Casey Ashey Brandon Gallagher