Castleton Holds Off Middlebury

April 6, 2010

Middlebury dropped its home-opener on Forbes Field, falling to in-state foe Castleton by a score of 10-7. The Panthers left 12 men on base in the game, including a pair in the bottom of the ninth inning. Middlebury returns to action on Wednesday, when they host Plymouth State at 3:30 p.m.

Trailing 1-0, Erich Enns tripled in Donald McKillop in the first inning to tie the game at 1-1. Castleton struck for four runs in the third, three of them unearned, taking a 5-1 lead. A two-run single to right center from Ted Mills was the key hit in the inning.

Middlebury answered with three in the bottom of the frame to trail 5-4. Enns singled in Seymour with a shot to right, while the Panthers scored runs on a groundout from Zach Roeder and a fielder's choice from Matt Wassel.

Castleton led 6-4 in the sixth, when they added a pair of runs on an RBI single to right from Ryan Zielinski and a wild pitch. Enns doubled to lead off the seventh, later scoring on a single to center by Wassel to cut the lead to 8-5.

The Spartans gained some breathing room in the ninth with a pair of runs. Cameron Curler doubled in a run, before Mills plated Billy Manley with a SAC fly.

Middlebury left two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, plating a pair with a bases loaded walk from Michael Morris and a balk.

Tyler Erickson earned the win to improve to 2-2 with four innings of work for Castleton. Middlebury starter Scooter Scott suffered his first loss of the season, allowing five runs, two earned, over three innings.

Enns finished the day 3-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two driven in. Wassel also had a pair of hits with two RBI. Zielinski paced Castleton with a 3-5 day, scoring two, while Milles went 1-4 with three runs driven in.

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