CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton State pitcher Connor Johnson pitched a no-hitter to lead the Spartans to a 5-1 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in game one of the two teams' second North Atlantic Conference baseball doubleheader at Spartan Field.
UMaine-Farmington's bats got going in game two of the twinbill, but the Beavers still dropped a 6-1 decision to the host Spartans.
UMaine-Farmington fell to 2-8 overall with the losses, 1-5 in NAC play. Castleton improved to 10-5 overall, 7-1 in the NAC.
Johnson struck out just two UMF batters in game one, inducing 14 ground outs by the Beavers and four fly outs.
Farmington scored its only run in the bottom of the second, initially giving the Beavers a 1-0 lead. Dustin McCrossin (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) drew a lead-off walk, advanced to third on Ethan Jean's (Jackson, Maine/Mt. View) grounder to second that was mishandled by Castleton, and scored on Grayson Beressi's (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth) double-play grounder back up the middle.
Castleton took the lead with a four-run uprising in the third on two hits and two Farmington errors. The Spartans tacked on a single run in the sixth on Connor Hoagl's RBI single down the left field line.
UMF starter Tom Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) took the loss after yielding four runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks while striking out three Spartan batters over four innings of work. Jory Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) scattered three hits and allowed one run over his three innings on the mound.
In game two, Farmington's Joe Sullivan (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) went 3-for-3 at the plate and the Beavers collected seven hits altogether, but UMF again fell victim to a big inning by Castleton.
The Spartans blew open a one-run game with a four-run fifth inning, keyed by Matt McNamee's one-out, two-run double to left field. Castleton's first run crossed on a passed ball earlier in the frame, and Allen White singled home McNamee later in the inning. Macyn Clifford batted into a 6-4-3 double play to get the Beavers out of the inning.
Farmington got a base runner to third in the bottom of the fifth, but a double play ended the Beavers' scoring opportunity. UMF finally got a run on the board in the sixth, when Grady reach on a one-out double, and scored on McCrossin's double down the right field line. However McCrossin was thrown out at third trying to stretch his double into a triple, and Jean grounded out to short on the next at bat to end the inning.
Kyle Peterson (Bethel, Maine/Telstar) got the start for Farmington and lasted five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks and was charged with the loss. Castleton starter Matt Ravey scattered seven UMF hits and struck out two while allowing no walks in the win.
UMaine-Farmington returns to action on Tuesday, April 9, when it is scheduled to host Husson University at Hippach Field. First pitch of game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.