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Baseball Drops Spring Break Opener in Extra Innings to Allegheny (Pa.)
03/20/2004

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The Frostburg State baseball team began its spring break trip to Tampa, Fla. with a tough 13-12 extra-inning loss to Allegheny (Pa.) College on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats, who led in the bottom of both the eighth, ninth and tenth innings, lost all three leads as the Gators won the game on a two-out three-run triple in the bottom of the tenth inning.

Sophomore Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) led the Bobcats late inning offensive explosion as he had a season-high four hits including a double and a triple. He also scored once and drove in a career-high seven runs.

FSU (10-6) fell behind big as they gave up seven runs in the first four innings not helping themselves or starting pitcher sophomore Mike Tiller (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) as they committed five errors, while allowing only two earned runs. Trailing in the sixth inning 7-1, Mahan began his career afternoon with a two-out three-run double to left to cut the lead in half.

In the eighth, the Bobcats took their first lead as they scored five runs on five hits. Again Mahan started things rolling with an RBI-single and then later scored on another two-out three-run double, this time from freshman Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry).

Junior Scott Feller (Boca Raton, Fla./American Heritage) then brought Holmes home with an RBI-single. The single for Feller extended his eight-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .455 (15-33) with nine RBI.

Holding a 9-7 advantage, Frostburg State turned the ball over to freshman Collin Bednar (Millersville, Md./Glen Burnie), who uncharacteristically could not hold the lead as he gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. For Bednar it was only his second and third earned runs given up this season in over 11 innings of work.

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, senior Chris McGarvey (Fallentimber, Pa./Glendale) came in to relieve Bednar and closed out the inning with a strikeout stranding two runs in scoring position.

The Bobcats bats gave the pitching staff another opportunity in the ninth as once again Mahan came through with a clutch hit as he tripled to left field bringing home senior Kevin Romanik (Millville, N.J./Millville).

Going into the bottom of the ninth McGarvey retired the first two batters for Allegheny, but a blown call at first base allowed the game to continue as Jason Pape reached on an infield single. He later was driven home on a two-out single by Ben Hantz before McGarvey closed out the inning.

In extra-frames FSU’s run production continued as they scored two more runs. Mahan stepped up one more time with a two-out, two-run single to center. McGarvey started the bottom of the tenth but walked the first batter and handed the game over to junior Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) who proceeded to hit a batter and walked another loading the bases with no one out.

However, Byer (1-1) regrouped striking out the next batter and got a groundball force-out at home. However, a two-out three-run triple by Brian Moore over the head of rightfielder Mahan ended a marathon of a game that lasted well over four hours and 15 minutes.

Frostburg State returns to action Sunday as they play a double-header against the University of Southern Maine at noon.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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