— Junior Collin Bednar (Salisbury, Md./Glen Burnie)
scattered three hits over five innings in the opener and freshman Allan Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford)
singled past a drawn-in infield to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh of the nightcap as Frostburg State swept Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Pitt-Bradford 8-2 and 5-4 on a chilly Monday afternoon at Bobcat Field.
The Bobcats improved to 26-11 overall and closed out AMCC play with a 17-1 mark, while the Panthers fell to 15-11 overall and 10-6 in the league.
In game one, FSU jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. The Bobcats scored twice in the bottom of the first when sophomore Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) drew a bases-loaded walk and freshman Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) came home on a passed ball.
FSU plated another three runs in the second thanks to two Panther errors and a fielder’s choice by senior Lance Williams (Herndon, Va./W.T. Woodson).
Pitt-Bradford got on the board in the third when Jim Colestro walked and later scored on a wild pitch, but the Bobcats answered in the fifth behind two more Panther errors and a wild pitch to take a 6-1 lead.
UPB plated its final run in the sixth when Justin Schoening led off with a double and came home on a Bobcat error, and Williams drilled a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the frame to close the scoring.
Bednar allowed just three hits and one earned run, struck out six and walked two in five innings to improve to 1-1 on the season. Senior Dan Lindner (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) struck out three and gave up two hits over the final two innings.
Bobby Wyant took the loss for the Panthers, allowing just three hits and one earned run over five innings. He struck out 12 but was hurt by five walks and five errors.
In the nightcap, FSU held a 4-1 lead but Pitt-Bradford tied it with three in the sixth to set up a dramatic finish.
Williams led off the seventh with a walk and stole second before Holmes drew a walk. Williams then stole third, and, after a strikeout, Holmes followed by swiping second. With the Panther infield drawn in, Peake drilled a 3-2 pitch past a diving shortstop to score Williams with the winning run.
The Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first as sophomore Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) drew a lead-off walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Holmes gave FSU a 2-0 lead with a two-out RBI double in the third, and Jones was at it again in the fourth, coaxing a two-out walk, stealing second, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on a throwing error to give the Bobcats a 3-0 advantage.
Andy Harriger’s sacrifice fly in the fifth cut FSU’s lead to 3-1 beforePeake answered with a two-out RBI double in bottom of the inning to give the Bobcats a 4-1 cushion.
Pitt-Bradford pulled even with its three-run sixth inning, managing just one hit but taking advantage of two Bobcat errors, two wild pitches, two hit batters and a walk.
Bobcat freshman Sean Rae (Westminster, Md./Calvert Hall) earned his first collegiate win by working 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Senior Daryl Keys (Salem, N.Y./Salem) did not factor in the decision despite scattering just three hits, allowing only one earned run and striking out five in 5 2/3 innings.
FSU returns to action Saturday when it hosts Waynesburg for a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303