DANBURY, CT - The Western Connecticut State University baseball team has now won two of its last three games after splitting a Little East Conference doubleheader with visiting Castleton University at Westside Field on Saturday afternoon. The Colonials captured the nightcap, 16-5, in seven innings, after falling to the Spartans, 17-11 in the opener.
In the second game, the Colonials, now 3-13 overall and 1-3 in the league, pounded out 15 hits. Greg Campbell and Kyle MacLean each went 3-for-4. MacLean belted a home run and finished with a pair of RBI and runs scored. Campbell had three runs batted in and scored a trio of runs.
Deagan Poland, Matt Jackson and Brayden Millet each had two hits for the Spartans.
Senior right-hander George Bielizna went the mercy-rule distance, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking two. He is now 1-3 on the year.
Charlie Stapleford took the loss after allowing eight runs, six of them earned over the first two innings. He struck out three and walked two and is now 1-1 on the bump.
In the opener, Erik Merrill led the Colonials' 19-hit attack by going 4-for-6 with three doubles, three runs scored and three runs batted in.
MacLean pounded out three hits while Campbell, Troy Hohn and Kevin Smith each delivered a pair of hits. Smith and Mancini each joined Merrill with a trip of RBI.
For Castleton, Pat Mumford went 4-for-6, delivered a pair of doubles, drove in two runs and touched the dish five times.
Davis Mikell and John Stewart, III each had three hits for the winners. Mikell led the Spartans with four runs batted in an drilled a home run.
Ryan Lawrence came on late in the contest as a pinch runner. He belted a home run in the ninth inning for Castleton and had the odd, 1-for-1, two RBI and two runs scored with one trip to the plate.
Joe Gratton earned the victory in the opener after coming on in relief of starter Garrett Moran in the fifth inning. Gratton went three frames, allowed five hits and just one run. He struck out five and walked one and is now 1-1 on the year.
Matt Fasoli suffered the loss and is now 0-4 for WestConn.
WestConn's scheduled non-conference game against Purchase College on Sunday has already been postponed due to impending rain overnight.