WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College softball team dropped two games of a doubleheader against Castleton, 3-2 and 9-0, in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) play on Monday afternoon.
After the twin bill, the Spartans improve 15-7-1 (7-1 NAC) on the season while the Terriers fall to 6-20 (2-4 NAC).
Castleton 3, Thomas 2
Tori Swaine and Jordan Gouger began the next frame with back-to-back singles to get runners on. Karli Theberge reached on an error at second to bring in Swaine to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Spartans took the lead in top of the fourth on an RBI double from Briley Blackbird that brought in McKinlie Carpenter.
In the final inning, Castleton plated an insurance run as Sara Baker doubled to right field, scoring Sami Carlo.
The Terriers looked for two-out rally in the bottom of the inning, as Colpack's single through the left side scored a run to cut the deficit to one. Spartan pitcher Kayla Wood forced the next batter to pop out to finish the game at 3-2.
Sydney LeBourveau (Jericho, Vt.) shouldered the loss for Thomas on the mound in seven innings of work, allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned).
Wood earned the victory for the Spartans to improve to 5-4 with a complete game, seven hits and two runs (one earned).
Castleton 9, Thomas 0
Castleton's offense came out firing in the opening frame as they plated four runs. Timi Carone, Baker and Kayley Fountain led off with three base hits. Carone came in first as she scored on a wild pitch. Gouger followed up with a three-run homerun to left field that just cleared the fence for a 4-0 advantage.
The Spartans added another run in the top of the third as unearned run from Theberge extended the lead.
Castleton exploded for four more runs in the sixth to end the scoring at 9-0. The inning was led by a two-RBI double from Baker, an RBI single from Swaine, and a sacrifice fly from Carpenter.
Taylor Paquette was strong in the circle for the Spartans, throwing five innings, scattering three hits and no runs.
Chelsea Hale (Moreno Valley, Ca.) was given the loss for Thomas after 5.1 innings, 11 hits and eight runs (six earned).
The Terriers will hit the road on Tuesday, April 25 as they face the University of Maine at Farmington starting at 1:00 p.m.