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Baseball Extends Winning Streak to Eight With Sweep of Pitt-Greensburg
04/13/2002

GREENSBURG, PA — Frostburg State extended its winning streak to eight straight games by sweeping host Pitt-Greensburg, 27-11 and 4-3, in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference twinbill Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats, whose winning streak is the longest since a 10-game stretch in 1999, blasted six home runs in the opener, including two each by junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) and sophomore Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Sherwood).

FSU, which blasted Lake Erie, 20-0 and 29-2, on Thursday, set a school record with its third straight game scoring 20 or more runs.

Wilkins blasted a three-run shot to help FSU jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, and the Bobcats opened a 12-0 lead with eight more runs in the second.

Senior Chris Hammond (Brookville, Md./Sherwood (Montgomery-Germantown)) hit a three-run homer to highlight the outburst.

Pitt-Greensburg (4-15, 3-8 AMCC) scored five times in the bottom of the inning before FSU senior Steve Simpson (Harrington, Del./Lake Forest) put the Bobcats ahead, 14-5, with a two-run home run in the third.

Pitt-Greensburg hung tough and plated six more runs in the bottom of the third to cut FSU's lead to 14-11, but Wilkins led off the fifth with a solo home run to spark a three-run rally that gave FSU a 17-11 cushion.

The Bobcats (14-8, 8-2 AMCC) scored nine runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run blast by Hammond, to put the game out of reach.

Freshman Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief to earn his first collegiate win. He allowed just three hits, struck out four and walked one.

Junior Mark Teson (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) went 4-for-6 with four runs, three RBIs and two doubles, while junior Dave Sanchez (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) was 4-for-5 with a home run, double, three runs and two RBIs.

Wilkins, Simpson and Hammond combined for nine hits, eight runs, five home runs and 14 RBIs.

In the nightcap, FSU sophomore Rob DeSanto (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) outdueled UPG senior Doug Gallick in a complete-game battle.

DeSanto allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out a season-high seven to improve to 2-0, while Gallick surrendered four runs on eight hits.

FSU opened the scoring in the third when Teson reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, moved to third on an error and came home on an RBI-single by junior Jake Mannon (Southampton, N.J./Lenape).

The Bobcats increased their lead to 4-0 with a three-run fourth. Teson delivered a two-out, two-run single and Wilkins followed with another run-scoring hit to give FSU all the runs it would need.

Pitt-Greensburg freshman Rob Shumaker hit a two-run single in the bottom of the inning to cut FSU's lead in half, and he scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to bring his squad to within a run.

However, DeSanto closed out the complete-game effort with a groundout.

Frostburg State returns to action on Sunday with a critical doubleheader at AMCC for Pitt-Bradford beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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