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Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against St. Joseph's
03/13/2004

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - The Frostburg State baseball team rebounded from a difficult 7-6 loss in St. Joseph's last at-bat to win the second game of the doubleheader 10-0. Led by junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) and senior Rob DeSanto (Rockville, Md./Wheaton), the Bobcats have won seven of their last nine games.

In the first game, Feller put the Bobcats (6-4) up 2-0 in the top of the first on a two-run homerun to the opposite field.

However, the Golden Eagles (1-1) rebound to score four runs on only three hits in the bottom of the inning. St. Joseph's extended its lead to 6-3 on a two-run homerun by Rudilosso off of FSU starter junior Daryl Keys (Salem, N.Y./Salem Central).

The Bobcats slowly chipped away as senior David Lydon (White Plains, Md./McDonough) hit his first career homerun in the in the fourth inning.

Eventually FSU pulled even on a lead-off pinch-hit solo homerun by freshman Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) in the top of the seventh. FSU had a chance to take the lead, but left two runners stranded at second and third with only one out.

In the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Jimmy Hardy (Myersville, Md./Middletown) walked the bases loaded with only one out and was replaced by junior Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) who got the groundball he needed to attempt a double-play, but a bobble by freshman Mike Gitzen (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) allowed the winning run to cross home.

The Bobcat pitching staff did all it could to keep the game close but three defensive errors and four unearned runs was just too much for FSU to overcome.

In the second game, Frostburg State jumped out to another early lead as they scored three first inning runs. Led by an RBI-triple by Feller and a two-out RBI single by junior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) the Bobcats controlled the game from opening pitch until the last out.

Starting pitcher Rob DeSanto, who remains undefeated as he won his third game of the season, went five strong innings, allowing only two hits. Sophomore Jon Philipp (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) came in to finish off the Golden Eagles throwing two innings, allowing only one hit.

The shutout was the first of the season for the Bobcat pitching staff, while the double-digit runs scored was the third time that FSU reached 10-plus runs scored and was their largest margin of victory on the season.

The Bobcats will return to action Sunday, March 14th as they will play SUNY-Farmingdale at St. Joseph's College. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.

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