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Baseball Ends Season With Losses to Rowan & DeSales
05/11/2003

ALLENTOWN, PA — Frostburg State closed out its season with losses to NCAA Tournament participants Rowan and DeSales Sunday afternoon at DeSales University. The Bobcats began the day with a 15-7 defeat at the hands of Rowan before dropping a 9-6 decision to DeSales.

Frostburg State finishes with a 31-12-1 overall record, marking the sixth 30-win season in the program's 39-year history.

The 31 victories also ties for the third-highest single-season win total in school history.

In the opener, Rowan (29-8) used four home runs, including two by Jimmy Starkey, to post the big win.

The Profs, who earned an automatic bid to this year's NCAA Tournament by winning the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament earlier this month, scored four runs in the sixth inning to snap a 4-4 tie.

Starkey hit a two-run homer and Bryan Ciconte added a two-run double in the outburst.

Irvin McFarland slammed another two-run shot in the seventh to give Rowan a 10-4 advantage, and Starkey hit a three-run shot as part of a five-run eighth.

The Profs jumped in front in the first on a three-run homer by Michael Rucci and scratched another run across in the second to take a 4-0 lead.

However, the Bobcats cut their deficit in half in the third on a sacrifice fly by junior Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and an RBI-single by junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) before pulling even in the sixth on a two-run single by junior Charles Jackson (Baltimore, Md./Chesapeake).

Senior Pat Fortunato (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport) singled in a run in the eighth, and senior Jake Mannon (Southhampton, N.J./Lenape) and junior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) added RBI-hits in the ninth.

The Bobcats endured a similar fate in their 9-6 loss to DeSales, falling behind early and then rallying to tie before faltering in the late innings.

The Bulldogs (26-11) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run home run by Kyle Hoffman, but FSU tied the game with an RBI-single by senior Mark Teson (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) in third and a two-run blast by Jackson in the fourth.

However, the Bobcats were done in by another big sixth inning, as DeSales used a pair of two-run homers to spark a five-run outburst. DeSales will play in the NCAA Tournament thanks to winning the MAC/Freedom Conference Tournament earlier this month.

The hosts took a 9-3 lead in the seventh on a ground-out before FSU made a final run in its last at-bat.

Fortunato laced a three-run double to cut the deficit to 9-6, but DeSales closed the door on any Bobcat comeback attempt.

Fortunato finished the day 4-for-7 with three RBI and a run scored, while Jackson drove in four over the two games.

The Bobcats are slated to return 28 players from this year's 37-man roster.

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