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Baseball Pounds Grove City, Falls to Lynchburg
03/16/2002

LYNCHBURG, VA — Junior Jake Mannon (Southampton, N.J./Lenape) went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and also scored twice to lead Frostburg State to a 14-8 win over Grove City Saturday morning at Lynchburg College's Fox Field. In their second game of the day, the Bobcats fell to host Lynchburg, 6-5, in nine innings.

The Bobcats (3-3) jumped out to a 4-1 lead over Grove City in the first inning and never looked back.

Sophomore Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) put FSU on the board with an RBI-single and later scored on an error, and fellow sophomore Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) added a two-run single.

Mannon singled in a run in the second to help the Bobcats open a 5-1 advantage, and FSU blew the game open with a five-run fourth.

Senior Steve Simpson (Harrrington, Del./Lake Forest) began the surge with a two-run single, and Mannon followed with another run-scoring single to put the Bobcats ahead, 8-1.

FSU took a commanding 10-1 lead when both Simpson and Mannon scored when junior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton (Montgomery-Germantown)) singled and the ball was misplayed in left field.

Grove City pulled to within 10-5 on junior Steve Navarro's grand slam in the fifth, but FSU answered with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to put the game out of reach.

FSU sophomore Dan Sidorowicz (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) gave up four runs on five hits in four innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Wolverine starter Matt Kearney (0-1) was roughed up for 10 runs on 10 hits in three innings.

In the nightcap, Lynchburg's Jeff Slockbower hit the game-winning single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Hornets a 5-4, come-from-behind victory.

Sophomore Dave Sanchez (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) put the Bobcats ahead a two-run home run in the second inning before the Hornets tied the game on sacrifice flies in the second and fourth innings.

FSU moved back in front in the fifth on Mannon's RBI-double, but Lynchburg tied it in the sixth on Dave Melitski's solo home run.

Junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) put the Bobcats back in front in the eighth with a pinch-hit, RBI-double before the Hornets (9-7) forced another tie on Chris Knowles' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to set up Slockbower's winning hit.

Mannon continued to wield the hot bat for FSU, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. He had seven straight hits between the two games before striking out in the eighth inning of the second contest.

Bobcat senior Chris Hammond (Brookville, Md./Sherwood (Montgomery-Germantown CC)) took the loss, allowing one run in 2/3 innings.

Mike Ranson (3-2) surrendered four runs on 11 hits and struck out nine to earn the complete-game win for Lynchburg.

Frostburg State and Lynchburg will play a nine-inning contest tomorrow 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