Spartans Power Past Cougars, 14-6

Ryan Ruhlin went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in Sunday's loss to Castleton State.
Ryan Ruhlin went 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in Sunday's loss to Castleton State.

Worcester, Mass. – Castleton State blasted five homeruns including two from Davis Mikell and the visiting Spartans handed Clark University a 14-6 loss in non-league baseball action on Sunday afternoon.

The win for the Spartans is not only their seventh straight victory but spoils a day of historic occurrences for the host Cougars.

Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, pushing his career hit total to exactly 100, while Adam Chochrek (Foxboro, Mass.) set the single season homerun record with his seventh of the year with a fifth inning blast.

Game Information
Score:
Castleton State 14, Clark University 6
Records:
Castleton State 10-3; Clark University 19-8
Location:
Granger Diamond, Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened:
The Spartans jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead when Mikell crushed a two-run shot in the top of the first off of Clark starter Cam Smith (Gorham, Maine).

It didn't take long for the Cougars to respond as they got three back in the bottom of the first on a bases-clearing double by Ryan Ruhlin (Portland, Maine).

The squads traded runs in the second with Clark's coming on a Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.) single that scored Andrew Thibault (Nashua, N.H.).

Down 4-3, Castleton State hit back-to-back homeruns in the third courtesy of Jonathan Lindau and Mikell.

Chochrek evened the score with his record-breaking round tripper, surpassing the mark established by several others, including current graduate assistant coach, David Eschen. The homerun for Chochrek is the 13th of his career, just one off from tying the all-time school mark of 14 set by John Galvin.

Castleton surged ahead when Dylan Bailey crushed a go ahead three run homerun in the sixth and then Matt Jackson (Shrewsbury, Mass.) smacked a solo shot in the seventh.

Bonicki delivered a double to left and then raced home on a Ruhlin single to left, cutting the Clark deficit to 9-6.

The Spartans, however, would go on to score five runs in the eighth highlighted by an RBI double from Lindau and a run-scoring single from Jackson.

Inside The Boxscore:
Castleton State banged out 15 hits on the day including four from Bailey and three from Jackson to go along with three runs scored and two RBI.

For the Cougars, meanwhile, Ruhlin went 3-for-4 with career-high four RBI and both Bonicki and Downing had two hits each.

Devin Hayes got the win for the Spartans, going six innings and striking out 11.

Up Next:
Clark is off until Tuesday when they return to NEWMAC play with a home contest with Babson, while Castleton State hosts Norwich on Tuesday as well.

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