AUBURN, N.Y.-The Castleton State College baseball team's historic season came to an end in May at the hands of Oneota State as the Spartans fell to the Red Dragons 9-2 in the Auburn Regional of the 2010 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship at Falcon Park.
Oneonta State (31-12) broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a pair of runs of Castleton starter Seth Harrington (Bennington). Scott Dubben (Roseboom, N.Y.) delivered a run-scoring single, and Steve Gauck (Clifton Park, N.Y.) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to cap the Red Dragon inning.
The Spartans answered with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning, and one more in the fifth as Billy Manley (Lowell, Mass.) singled and came around to score on a Garrett Bissonnette (Lyman, Maine) single through the right side.
But, Castleton allowed three unearned runs over the next two innings to stake the Red Dragons to a 5-2 lead through six. Harrington pitched 5.2 innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out one. Tyler Erickson (Naugatuck, Conn.) got the Spartans out of the sixth, after surrendering an RBI-single to Carmin Caputo (Mahopac, N.Y.).
After pitching a scoreless seventh, and retiring the first two batters he faced in the eighth, Ken Cook (Springfield, Vt.) ran into trouble. Cook walked Caputo, gave up a single to Kevin Knack (Ghent, N.Y.), a two-run double to Dan Randall (Salem, N.Y.) and a run-scoring double to Michael Center (Schenectady, N.Y.) before getting out of the inning.
Ken Smith (Ossining, N.Y.) picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on nine hits and one walk while fanning two. Christopher Smith (Colonie, N.Y.) struck out four and allowed just three hits over the final four innings to earn the save.
Manley finished 3-for-5 with a run scored, while Ted Mills (Stockbridge, Vt.), Jack Lancelin (Chatham, N.Y.) and Bissonnette each collected two hits.
Randall led the Red Dragons with three RBI, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Castleton's season ends at 34-16, the best mark in program-history.