FROSTBURG, MD -
The Frostburg State baseball team opened conference play with a doubleheader sweep of defending Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion Penn State Behrend Saturday afternoon.
FSU (14-9, 2-0) won the first game 2-1 in extra innings on a tremendous complete-game pitching performance by sophomore Mike Tiller (Dumfries, Va./Potomac) .
In the second game, the Bobcats took an early lead over Penn State Behrend (8-7, 1-3) and senior Brent Lutz (Toms Brook, Va./Central) continued the pitching staff’s domination for the 6-0 win.
In the first game, Tiller went all eight innings for his second complete-game victory of the season as he allowed only four hits while striking out six.
He gave up an unearned run in the fourth, as the Lion leadoff hitter reached on a throwing error and laters scored on a sacrifice fly to right field to tied the game at one.
Tiller then settled into a grove as he set down nine in a row and allowed only one runner in the next 14 batters. However, the Bobcats didn’t have much more luck at the plate as they only had three base runners over the last four innings.
Tiller set down the side in order in the eighth to give the Bobcats another chance at winning in their last at-bat.
In the bottom half of the inning, FSU got a one-out pinch-hit walk from junior Matt Hammond (Woodsboro, Md./Walkersville) and then a double by senior Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) to put two runners in scoring position for junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) .
Feller, who extended his hitting streak to 14-games in the fifth inning on a base hit to center, was intentionally walked to load the bases for senior Justin Wilt (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick). Wilt came through with a clutch at-bat as he drove in the game-winning run on a single to centerfield, scoring Hammond.
In the second game, both teams tried to jump out strong in the first as Behrend was able to get the first two runners on base and moved them over into scoring position where they were left stranded by Lutz.
Lutz went five and two-thirds innings, allowing only six hits while striking out five. Over his last four starts, all of which were wins, he has allowed only four runs in 22 innings pitched, with 24 strikeouts.
In the bottom of the first, FSU was able to take an early lead on a two-run single by Feller, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Later in the inning, junior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) blooped a single to load the bases, and, with two out, Gitzen drilled a three-run triple to give the Bobcats a 5-0 lead.
In the second inning, Penn State Behrend loaded the bases with one out, but once again Lutz was able to get a strike out and a ground ball that struck the runner headed toward second for the third out.
Both teams were kept scoreless through the next three innings, even though both were able to get base runners into scoring position. Through the first four innings, Lutz had allowed eight people to reach base but kept all of them from crossing the plate with timely ground balls and strikeouts.
For the Bobcats they were able to get four base runners in the three innings following the five-run explosion in the first, all of which were left stranded.
In the fifth, the Lions threatened, but a deep shot to the gap in right was hauled in on a diving catch by Jones to close out the inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Bobcats added another run on a RBI-double by Baugher to close out the scoring.
The Bobcats will look to build upon these two wins as they host Juniata in a nine-inning game Wednesday, March 31st at 3:00 p.m.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303