CASTLETON, VT- Thomas could not come away with a victory over its weekend trip Castleton, dropping both North Atlantic Conference (NAC) baseball games on Sunday despite solid pitching. The first game went 5-3 in favor of the Spartans, then they completed the weekend sweep with a 1-0 victory in the night cap.
The Spartans were led by pitchers Derek Osborne and Patrick Riley. In game one, Osborne scattered nine hits, allowing just three earned runs in a complete-game effort. He struck out three and walked two. In the second contest, Riley threw a gem, allowing six hits in a complete game shutout. Allen White went 3-for-5 with a triple and a run scored, while Connor Hoagland and Ryan Zielinski each drove in two runs on the day.
The Spartans got off to a shaky start in game one, allowing two runs in the top of the second. Anree Benitez ripped an RBI double to left-center, followed by an RBI groundout by Cody Vigue, putting the Terriers up 2-0 in the early going.
Castleton responded in the bottom of the frame with four runs to gain the lead. Cameron Curler ripped an RBI single to begin the rally, while Tyler Lord clubbed an RBI double two batters later. Zielinski and Hoagland each ripped RBI singles to put the Spartans up 4-2.
Thomas added a run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Derek Kane that brought home Dillon Emerson in the top of the fifth, but Castleton answered in the bottom of the sixth when Hoagland drove an RBI double to the left-center field fence, making the score 5-3. Osborne shut down the Terriers in the final frame, retiring the side in order to end the game.
In the second game, the Spartans' Patrick Riley and the Terriers' Eric Sucy competed in a pitching duel, with neither allowing a run in the first four innings of the game. It wasn't until the bottom of the fifth that the Spartans broke the 0-0 tie.
Mat Pause led off the inning with a single to the deep hole at shortstop followed by a bunt single by Tyler Lord to put runners on first and third. Zielinski followed with a groundout back to the pitcher that allowed Pause to score from third, giving the Spartans the 1-0 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Riley allowed the leadoff batter to reach as Thomas Cameron singled to center. The Terriers were forced to strand him there, as Riley shut down the threat to end the game and earn the win.
Sucy went six strong, scattering five hits, with no earned runs and three strikeouts.
Thomas falls to 12-19 (11-7 NAC) with the loss. The Terrier will host Colby in a non-conference game Tuesday, then travel to Husson on Wednesday. Thomas split the first doubleheader with the rival Eagles last week.
Courtesy of Castleton Sports Information Department