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Baseball Delivers Successful Spring
05/29/2007

FROSTBURG, Md. - The 2007 season carried new expectations and added exposure to Frostburg State after the team reached unprecedented heights the previous year.

And the Bobcats delivered a successful spring campaign to the tune of 31-15 overall and 13-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference under eight-year head coach Chris McKnight. FSU advanced to the NCAA Regional Tournament for a school-record second-consecutive season and eclipsed the 30-win plateau for just the seventh time in school history.

Frostburg State used a hot late-season surge to capture its third-straight AMCC regular-season title. The Bobcats built their winning streak to nine games as they breezed through the AMCC Tournament with three wins and the championship. FSU’s bats were the story as they captured the tournament title, pounding out a combined 66 hits while scoring 46 runs.

After capturing the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory in 2006, this season’s squad didn’t fare as well. The Bobcats dropped their first game to No. 4 Gwynedd-Mercy, 5-3 in 10 innings, and was later eliminated by eventual National Champion Kean, 7-0.

This season, nine Bobcats were selected to the All-AMCC team, the most from any school in the conference and the second most in FSU’s history. Senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls), juniors Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) and Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) were not only all-conference first-team selections but all three were named to the 2007 Mid-Atlantic All-Region American Baseball Coaches Association All Star Team.

Among the 351 teams in Division III, Frostburg State finished the season ranked fourth in the country in slugging percentage (.527) and homeruns per game (.98), seventh in doubles per game (2.54), 11th in fielding percentage (.967), 37th in scoring (7.9) and 41st in batting average (.332).

Individually, freshman pitcher Aaron Main (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) is ninth in the nation in victories (9) and 24th in strikeouts (78) while Peake is 10th in homeruns (11), 26th in homeruns per game (.24) and 28th in RBIs per game (1.24)

Senior Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) is 18th in slugging percentage (.752), Burke is 26th in triples per game (.14) and freshman pitcher Scott Eastment (Warrenton, Va./Paul VI (Georgetown)) is 29th in victories (8).

Several single-season individual school records fell at the hands of the 2007 Bobcats as well. Gitzen and Peake set the record for games played in a season (46) while Gitzen recorded the most total bases in the club’s history (111) and Peake tied the mark for homeruns (11) and set the bar for RBIs (57).

Junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) set the mark for at-bats (175) and runs scored (54) and Burke captured the record for hits (66).

In the 10 seasons FSU has been in the AMCC, the team has posted a 98-28 overall record.

“I'm really proud of this team,” said McKnight. “We lost five starting pitchers this season and the young staff did an excellent job picking us up. The offense also came on at the right time.”

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu