MURFREESBORO, N.C. —
Freshman Taylor Dixon (Fairfax, Va./Robinson)
singled off the pitcher's glove to score senior Jake Mannon (Southampton, N.J./Lenape)
from third with one out in the bottom of the eighth to give Frostburg State a 2-1 win over host Chowan in the Chowan Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The teams battled through five scoreless innings before the Bobcats got on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a solo home run by junior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood).
However, Chowan (5-2) scratched across a run in the top of the seventh to send the game into an extra inning. Junior Kenny Bragg singled with one out, and freshman pinch-runner Brandon Sanders moved to second on a passed ball.
FSU then intentionally walked junior Matt Hill to set up a double play, and sophomore Daryl Keys (Salem, N.Y./Salem Central) relieved sophomore starter Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone).
Keys induced what appeared to be a game-ending double-play grounder to second, but the throw to first was low, allowing Sanders to score.
The international tie-breaker was put into effect beginning in the eighth inning, with a runner placed on second to start the frame. Chowan had runners on first and second with one out, but Keys worked out of trouble.
In the FSU eighth, Mannon was placed at second and moved to third on a wild pitch. One out later, Dixon singled off junior John Pauls' glove, and the ball rolled into the outfield as Mannon crossed the plate with the winning run.
The Bobcats (2-1) turned in a pair of spectacular defensive plays to keep the game scoreless. In the fifth, with two outs and a Chowan runner at second, FSU senior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) raced 100 feet and laid out to make a diving catch in right field foul territory to end the threat.
Hollister helped himself out in the top of the sixth when he snared a line drive back up the middle, fell back over the mound and managed to throw to first base to complete an inning-ending double play.
Keys picked up the win in his Bobcat debut, pitching 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief.
Hollister turned in a strong outing in his first collegiate start after serving as FSU's closer last season. The lefty worked 6 1/3 innings, scattering six hits, striking out three and allowing an unearned run.
Pauls went the distance for the Braves, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out 13.
Frostburg State and Chowan will meet again in the tournament championship game tomorrow at 1:30 pm.
The two teams have combined to win all seven titles since the invitational began in 1996. The Bobcats claimed the 1999 and 2000 crowns, while the Braves have captured the last two titles.
Chowan (5-2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 1 6 2
Frostburg State (2-1) 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 2 8 2
One out when winning run scored.
WP: Keys (1-0)
LP: Pauls (NR)
HR: Hamerski (FSU, none on, sixth)
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303