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Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Millikin University
03/22/2004

TAMPA, FL - The Frostburg State baseball team split a second straight double header as they continued to battle some of the nations best on its trip to Tampa, Florida. The Bobcats won the first game of the double-dip 6-2, but could not get the breaks in a 10-4 loss to Millikin University (Ill.) in the second game.

In the first game, the Bobcats (13-8) jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the second inning as junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) drove in the first run on an RBI-single in the first and then drove in two more on another base hit as part of a five run second inning.

On the mound, senior Dan Sidorowicz (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) allowed one run in the first inning on two singles by the Big Blue. Sidorowicz retired the side in the second, stranding two base runners. He then breezed through the third, fourth and fifth allowing one unearned run on only two hits.

In Sidorowicz’s four starts this season every appearance has gone longer than the one previous, while allowing fewer runs every time he takes the mound. For the first time this season Sidorowicz didn’t allow an extra base hit as he earned his first decision of the year.

With the 6-2 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth sophomore Jon Philipp (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) replaced Sidorowicz and had to pitch himself out of trouble caused by an error on a double-play opportunity. With one on and two out the Big Blue loaded the bases for Cory Getz, but Philipp got him to ground the ball right back to him and easily retired the side with the four-run lead in tact.

In the last inning, FSU turned the ball over to sophomore Jimmy Hardy (Myersville, Md./Middletown) who retired the first two batters before allowing a baserunner on a walk. However, it didn’t cause any damage as Hardy struck out the final batter to secure the victory in game one.

Offensively the Bobcats received two hits each from Feller, senior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) , and freshman Mike Gitzen (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) .

In game two, both teams enjoyed a new scenery as the two teams drove to Jack Russell Stadium, the former home of the Philadelphia Phillies, to play the second game of the scheduled double-header.

Millikin took an early second inning lead as FSU’s starting pitcher junior Daryl Keys (Salem, N.Y./Salem Central) hit the first two batters on two pitches. Both runners came around to score in the inning giving the Big Blue an early 3-0 lead.

Millikin extended the lead to 6-0 as in the top of the fourth it got three runs on four groundball basehits and an error without getting anything over the infield.

The Bobcat hitters were held in check in the first four innings by Millikin starter David Rambo, who seemed to get stronger as the innings wore on striking out the side in the fourth. However, with two outs in the fifth FSU mounted some momentum as they got two on for Feller, who singled down the line scoring freshman Chris Jones (Towson, Md./Towson) , but on the play senior David Lydon (White Plains, Md./McDonough) was trying to go first to third was thrown out to end the rally.

The single for Feller, once again kept his team-leading 14-game hit streak in which he is hitting an amazing .467. Of course even more impressive is that in his 19 games this season he is batting .467. He also drove in four more RBI giving him 24 on the season, seven on the trip to Tampa.

In the sixth Keys was replaced by sophomore Matt Sillers (Columbia, Md./Pallotti) with one out and two on. For Keys, the seven runs given up came on nine singles, two men hit by pitches and an error. The only extra base hit given up was left stranded in the third inning.

Sillers struggled to complete the inning giving up an RBI-infield single, followed by a two-run triple to deep center. When all was said and done the Bobcats went into the bottom of the sixth trailing 10-1.

Of course the resilient Bobcats refused to give up as they started the sixth with back-to-back base hits by senior Justin Wilt (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) and freshman Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) , followed by a one-out walk by Hamerski.

With the bases loaded the Bobcats plated one on a wild pitch and then with two runners still in scoring position Gitzen singled to right bringing home Holmes. The Bobcats continued to hit as Jones got a RBI-double into the gap in deep right-center, but again the inning was ended as Gitzen was gunned down on the bases, this time at home.

After six the Bobcats still trailed 10-4. Sillers set down Millikin in the seventh, but unfortunently so were the Bobcats and the Big Blue closed out FSU in order for the doubleheader split.

Frostburg State will conclude its spring break trip on Tuesday as they face North Central (Ill.) in a nine-inning game starting at 9:30 a.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