Spartans Edge Out Terriers to Complete NAC Sweep

Spartans Edge Out Terriers to Complete NAC Sweep

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College baseball team fell in back-to-back games to Castleton University in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at H. Allen Ryan Field.

After being swept in the four-game series, the Terriers now sit at 3-21 (1-9 NAC) on the year, while the Spartans improve to 16-9 (10-2 NAC).

Game 1: Castleton 3, Thomas 1

The Spartans jumped on the board quickly with a pair of runs in the second.  With the bases loaded and no outs, Alex Borsari grounded into a double play, allowing the first run to come in.  Andrew Graciano followed with a single to score Dillon Benham for a 2-0 advantage.

In the next frame, Castleton added an insurance run after a Thomas miscue, bringing in Davis Mikell to score.  The Terriers scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the third as Isaiah Arana (Orlando, Fla.) stole home on an attempted picked off at first base following a strike out.

Garrett Moran went the distance in the win for the Spartans, scattering six hits and one run while striking out seven. 

Ryan Scepansky (Blandon, Pa.) threw a complete game in the effort, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out nine.

Game 2: Castleton 4, Thomas 2

Castleton jumped on Thomas starter Dylan Copeland (Salisbury, Mass.) early in the first inning.  Jonathan Lindau began with a sacrifice fly to bring in Deagan Poland.  Mitchell Caron followed up with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

The Terriers cut down the lead in the bottom half of the opening frame as Alex Curtis (Monmouth, Maine) scored on a Nick Bagley (Hancock, Maine) single.

The Spartans began to pull away in the third in fourth as they went up 4-1 on another sacrifice fly by Lindau and an RBI single from Pat Mumford.  The Terriers added a run in the fourth as Dylan Ursino (Burlington, Mass.) scored on a fielder's choice.

Reliever Aaron Smith picked up the win for Castleton as he kept Thomas off the board in the final 3.2 innings.

Copeland suffered his first loss of the season, allowing six hits and four runs in five innings of work.  Brandon Hubbard (New Gloucester, Maine) threw two hitless innings in relief.

The Terriers will host Bowdoin on Monday for a non-conference matchup.