Baseball Tops Castleton
April 19, 2011
Middlebury scored runs in six innings on its way to a 9-5 win over Castleton State (14-17). The Spartans were the home team, with the contest being moved to Middlebury due to wet field conditions at Castleton. The Panthers (9-9) broke open a 6-5 game with three runs in the top of the ninth inning.
A Zach Roeder homer in the second gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead, before an RBI single to right by Donald McKillop plated Alex Kelly to make it a 2-0 contest. Tyler Buckingham threw the first four innings for Middlebury, allowing just four hits.
Trailing 3-0, Castleton got on the board in the fifth with four runs on three hits off reliever Dirk vanDuym. Singles through the left side by Ryan Zielinski and Zak Mayo and a two-run double to left center by Aaron Zrenda gave the Spartans a 4-3 lead.
After tying the game 4-4 in the sixth, Middlebury scored a pair in the seventh on a two-run homer to left center by Donald McKillop. Castleton answered with a solo run in the bottom of the inning when Mayo’s double to right center plated Matt Eisenhuth, who had walked.
Middlebury added three runs in the ninth to gain some breathing room with a 9-5 lead. Roeder singled in McKillop, with Matt Wassel also scoring on an error. Thomas Rafferty drove in Roeder with a SAC fly to right for Middlebury’s final run.
Andy Dittrich (1-1) earned the win with 2.1 innings of work, allowing a run on three hits. John Popkowski picked up the save, throwing the eight and getting out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth.
Roeder and Thomas Driscoll both extended their hitting streaks to nine games, with Roeder going 3-4 with a homer, two runs scored and two driven in. McKillop finished the game 2-4 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored, while Kelly was 2-4 with a pair of RBI.
Tom Seefeld (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on a hit. Mayo went 3-4 with a double to pace the Castleton hitters, driving in two and scoring one.