College roundup: Mustangs sweep Hesser

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Justin Staires belted a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to finish off a run-rule-shortened 14-1 win over Hesser College, leading Central Maine Community College to a two-game sweep Sunday in Auburn.

Staires collected three hits in the second game, while Tom Edgecomb added a pair of doubles for the Mustangs (14-6).

Kyle Bussiere and Devon Knight each added a double, and Bussiere and Edgecomb were the team’s repeat hitters. Kory Staires earned the victory on the mound for CMCC.

In Game 1, Kyle Mullins earned his first victory of the season in a 7-0 shutout. Mullins was also the offensive star in the first game for the Mustangs, banging out a pair of hits, including a double.

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Castleton State sweeps UMF

FARMINGTON — Castleton State College completed a series sweep of the University of Maine at Farmington on Sunday, earning wins of 9-6 and 10-0 in North Eastern Athletic Conference East Division action at Hippach Field.

The Spartans topped the Beavers 8-4 and 13-3 on Saturday.

In the Game 1, Garrett Bissonnette went 3-for-3, including a solo home run, and Mathew Pause (Wilder, VT) singled twice and plated three runs as Castleton earned the 9-6 win.

Matt Levine clubbed a grand slamin the seventh to tighten the game for Farmington. Levine also had an RBI groundout in the third.

Ken Cookearned the win, allowing four hits over six innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Connor McNeill took the loss, while Will Griffiths and Casey Ashey combined for two and two-thirds innings of no-hit relief for the Beavers.

In Game 2, Billy Siskotossed a three-hit shutout and Bissonnette again led the offense with an RBI groundout and a two-run dinger.

Sisko issued three walks and struck out five, while limiting the Beavers to a Kyle Shea double and singles by Zach Keene and Brian Morrison.

Bates, Trinity split

HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore James Ramsey pitched a two-hit shutout in Game 1 and Bates junior Gordy Webb collected three hits and three RBI in Game 2 as Trinity, ranked No. 9 in the country, and Bates split a doubleheader in NESCAC East Division baseball Saturday. Trinity won Game 1, 6-0, before the Bobcats won 8-4 in Game 2.

 Bates remains on its best start in at least two decades, and has already matched its win total from last season, when the Bobcats finished 12-22.

In Game 1, freshman Stephen Rogers went 2-for-3 with a walk, coming up with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Bates starter, junior Paul Chiampa, went the distance, allowing four runs in six innings while picking up five strikeouts.

In Game 2, Trinity grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Bates came back with a three-run sixth, when juniors Jake Simon and Noah Lynd both scored on an error, followed by an RBI single off the bat of junior Noah Burke, giving the Bobcats a 5-3 lead.

Bates relievers retired nine of the final 11 Bantams to close out the game. Bates freshman Pat Siebenlist pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first win of the season.

Softball

Tufts sweeps Bates

LEWISTON — Tufts slugged three home runs, including two by Casey Sullivan, en route to an 8-3 win over Bates College on Sunday, completing a three-game series sweep.

 Bates (2-16, 0-6 NESCAC East) got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore Kelly McManus reached on a fielder’s choice after sophomore Courtney Talcott drew a leadoff walk. Sophomore Lauren Dobish roped a double to right center to score McManus, and Dobish moved on to third on a one-base error in the Tufts outfield. Sophomore Karen Ullmann then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dobish for a 2-0 lead.

Bates starter Kristen Finn threw scoreless first and second innings, but the Jumbos tagged her for five runs on five hits in the third, including  a two-run home run to left field by senior Stephanie Tong, Tong’s second homer in two days.

The Jumbos increased the lead to 6-3 on Sullivan’s solo homer down the left field line in the fifth. Sullivan struck again in the seventh, hitting a two-run shot to right center, her sixth of the season.

Men’s Lacrosse

FARMINGTON — Lyndon State College rolled off the game’s first 10 goals as the Hornets dispatched the University of Maine at Farmington men’s lacrosse team 15-4 in North Atlantic Conference competition Sunday at Prescott Field.

Max Ercole collected four goals and three assists to power Lyndon State, while Chris Mansour (Mansfield, MA) chipped in four goals and Josh Arango added a hat trick with an assist.

Patrick Hurleyscored three goals and had an assist for the Beavers. Casey Morey netted a goal in the loss, while Ethan Fletcher, Ethan Gilbert and Zach Good each dished out an assist.

The Hornets fired 51 shots to UMF’s 27.

Ed Horan (Norwood, MA) registered 10 saves for Lyndon State. Matthew Nutter made 14 saves for the Beavers over the first three quarters before giving way to Aaron Burr. Burr stopped four.

Bates (2-16, 0-6 NESCAC East) got on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Sophomore Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.) reached on a fielder’s choice after sophomore Courtney Talcott (Sutton, Mass.) drew a leadoff walk. Sophomore Lauren Dobish (chambersburg, Pa.) roped a double to right center to score McManus, and Dobish moved on to third on a one-base error in the Tufts outfield. Sophomore Karen Ullmann (Ramsey, N.J.) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Dobish for a 2-0 lead.

Bates starter Kristen Finn (Winthrop, Mass.) threw scoreless first and second innings, but the Jumbos (14-7, 5-1 NESCAC East) reached her for five runs on five hits in the third, including an RBI double by first-year Emily Beinecke (Concord, Mass.), a sacrifice fly by Sullivan, an RBI single up the middle by sophomore Lena Cantone (Southington, Conn.), and finally a two-run home run to left field by senior Stephanie Tong (Burlingame, Calif.), Tong’s second homer in two days.

The Bobcats loaded the bases with just one out in the fourth, drawing two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Tufts first-year Rebecca DiBiase (Wellesley, Mass.) came on in relief of first-year starter Aly Moskowitz (Westfield, N.J.). DiBiase surrendered an RBI fielder’s choice by Bates sophomore Leah Maciejewski (Tewksbury, Mass.), which scored sophomore Monica Berube (Plaistow, N.H.) but didn’t result in a second out. But from there DiBiase got the final two outs with no further harm done. DiBiase went on to throw three more scoreless innings to seal the win, improving her record to 6-2.

The Jumbos increased the lead to 6-3 on Sullivan’s solo homer down the left field line in the fifth. Sullivan struck again in the seventh, hitting a two-run shot to right center, her sixth of the season.

Bates is off for final exams this week, and will next host Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in a non-league home doubleheader on Sunday, April 18 at 2 p.m.

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