- Frostburg State (16-8-1) completed a long weekend of baseball as they split a doubleheader with Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Pitt-Bradford (15-6) winning the first game 14-2, but dropping the second 2-1.
In the first game, the Bobcats handed the ball to their ace, sophomore Billye Hollister (Thomas Stone/Waldorf, Md.) (4-0) and yet again he came through when they needed him most, as he pitched seven innings allowing only two runs, striking out seven. The two earned runs actually raised his AMCC leading, and team best, ERA from 0.34 to 0.86.
The Bobcats also provided Hollister with plenty of support scoring three times in the second and fifth innings, but put the game out of reach in the fourth with seven runs leading to the 14-2 victory. In the third inning, Frostburg State was led by sophomore Chris Baugher’s (Brunswick/Frederick, Md.) two-run homerun to centerfield, his first of the season.
Leading 4-0, and Hollister rolling through the Panthers lineup, the Bobcats scored seven runs in the fourth, all with two outs. Junior's Sean Davis (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) and Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) led off the inning with two quick outs, but then sophomore Scott Feller (American Heritage/Coral Springs, Fla.) walked, junior Ryan Hamerski (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) singled and Baugher then doubled home Davis putting runners at second and third.
The big blow of the inning came later in the inning with the bases loaded and Davis, who led of the inning with a strikeout, rebounded to double in two more runs extending the lead to 11-0. Hollister gave up two runs in the top of the fifth as the Panthers loaded the bases with one out, but didn’t earn a run at the plate as Hollister was called for back-to-back balk’s allowing two runners two cross the plate. Hollister then closed out the inning with a strikeout and a groundout to the pitcher.
In the second game, the Panthers put lefthander, Nick Eichenlaub up against the hot bats of Frostburg State. Eichenlaub went seven innings giving up only one run for the slim 2-1 victory and earning a much needed split in AMCC play. The Bobcats had some chances but could not get more than the one run they crossed in the sixth.
The Bobcats left seven runners stranded on base including two in the bottom of the sixth and another in the seventh. Frostburg State who managed a two-run seventh on Saturday to earn a split against St. Mary’s could not work the same magic on Sunday.
Similar to the performances on Saturday the Bobcat pitchers gave their team every opportunity to win. On Sunday sophomre Daryl Keys (Salem Central/Salem, N.Y.) and junior Brent Lutz (Central/Toms Brook, Va.) combined with Hollister to pitch 14 innings allowing only our runs on eight hits.
Going back to Thursday, which started the long weekend in which the Bobcats played eight games, in which they went 6-2, in four days, the pitching staff combined to throw 55 innings allowing only 17 runs on 45 hits, outscoring their opponents by 57 runs. They also struck out 42 batters on the weekend to up their season total to an amazing 147 in 172 innings.
The Bobcats will get a much deserved break as they will take a few days off before returning to AMCC play this Thursday as the host Lake Erie college at 1:00 p.m. for a doubleheader.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303