Baseball Falls To Castleton

May 1, 2007

The Middlebury baseball team saw its five-game winning streak come to an end as they fell at Castleton, 13-6. The Spartans plated 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning and held on to win a 13-6 non-league contest at home.

Middlebury got on the board first with three runs in the first inning. Gabe Broughton led off the game with a walk and was followed by a Nick Lefeber single, a walk to Noah Walker and an RBI-single from John Lanahan to start the game off. After a strikeout, Sam Timberg delivered a two-run single to put the Panthers out in front. Middlebury would plate one more in the top of the third on a Peter Baumann sacrifice fly to take a 4-0 lead.

Middlebury starter, John Lanahan was lights-out for the first two innings, allowing just one hit his first time through the Spartan order.

The third inning was another story as the second time through the order sparked some offense for Castleton. Travis Bass led off the inning with a triple to centerfield and was followed by a walk, a Phil Puleo RBI-single and an error. Chris Ragis then drove a three-run homerun to the opposite field to give Castleton a 5-4 lead.

Castleton sent 18 men to the plate in the decisive inning, plating 10 earned runs, nine hits and capitalizing on five Panther walks.

Spartan lefty, Matt Tuthill picked up the win in relief, tossing three perfect innings after starter Travis Bass was lifted after the fourth. Puleo finished the afternoon 4 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Ragis ended up 2 for 5 with four RBI, while Ryan Bouck and Bass were both 2 for 5 with a pair of RBI.

Lanahan collected a pair of hits, while Timberg drove in three runs to lead the 14-11 Panthers.

Middlebury returns home to take on Lyndon State at 4:00 pm. on Wednesday.