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Baseball Outlasts Villa Julie in 15-inning Marathon for 4-3 Win
02/17/2006

Hampden-Sydney, Va. — Freshman Mike Jester (Preston, Md./Colonel Richardson) popped a sacrifice fly to right field that scored the game-winning run as the Frostburg State baseball team outlasted Villa Julie, 4-3, in 15 innings Friday on the opening day of the Hampden-Sydney Invitational.

The Bobcats improved to 2-2 overall while Villa Julie fell to 1-1.

Villa Julie threatened in the top of the third after back-to-back singles put runners on first and third. However, senior starter Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) struck out Andy Levy and forced Wade Keenan to ground out to end the threat.

One inning later, VJC got on the board when Kevin Rodgers hit a two-run homerun. The Bobcats answered when sophomore Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) singled to right field to lead off the bottom half of the inning. The next batter, sophomore Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point), doubled to center scoring Gitzen to cut the Mustang lead to 2-1. Junior Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) then tied the game with a sac fly that scored Speights.

The ballgame remained tied until the top of the eighth when VJC’s Griffin Stewart drew a bases-loaded walk to take the lead 3-2.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, junior Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) started an FSU rally with a single to left field. Junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) entered the game as a pinch runner, and later got into scoring position after stealing second. The next batter, sophomore Jordan Crystal (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (Monmouth)), scored Jones on a single that sent the game into extra innings.

Frostburg State threatened in the home half of the tenth when sophomore Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) led off the inning with a double to left field. Freshman Pat Hendricks (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) entered the game as a pinch runner and later advanced to third on a senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) single. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Villa Julie recorded two outs at home plate and used a ground out to end the inning and the Bobcat threat.

After each team recorded just one hit over the next four innings, the Mustangs looked poised to claim the win after loading the bases in the top of the 15th. The second out came when Casey Lowe reached on a fielder’s choice after FSU third baseman Scott Miller (Trumansburg, N.Y./Trumansburg) threw home to get Matt Waltrop at the plate. Crystal then got the next batter, Phil Kraska, to strike out looking to end inning.

In the bottom of the inning, Speights would setup the win for FSU after doubling to left and later advancing to third on a VJC error.

Crystal earned the victory for the Bobcats pitching 3.1 innings allowing just two hits while striking out six. Brandon Briggs suffered the loss for VJC lasting just a third of an inning giving up one hit and one run.

Speights led FSU with two hits, two runs and one RBI followed by Crystal with two hits and one RBI as well.

FSU returns to action tomorrow when they play Richard-Stockton at 3:00 pm.

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