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Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Southern Maine
03/21/2004

PLAIN CITY, FL - The Frostburg State baseball team split a double-header with national powerhouse Southern Maine on Sunday afternoon in Plain City, Florida. The Bobcats dropped the first game 12-2, but rallied to earn a split behind a great pitching performance by senior Brent Lutz (Toms Brook, Va./Central) .

In the first game, Frostburg State and Southern Maine exchanged runs in the second inning as the Huskies got a RBI-double from Josh Ganley. The Bobcats tied it in the bottom of the second as freshman Brandon Merrill (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) doubled and later scored on a senior Kevin Romanik (Millville, N.J./Millville) RBI-single.

Bobcat starting pitcher senior Rob DeSanto (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) struggles continued early as he allowed eight runs in two innings of work.In the third, the Huskies jumped all over DeSanto scoring seven runs before he was replaced by sophomore Matt Sillers (Columbia, Md./Pallotti) and the first out was recorded.

Sillers stopped the bleeding, at least momentarily as he got the Bobcats out of the third without allowing any more runs, but in the fourth Sillers walked the first batter and then an error prevented a routine double-play chance. Sillers then allowed a single and with no outs and the bases loaded was replaced by junior Brad Cannon (Federalsburg, Md./Colonel Richardson) .

Cannon came in and set down the next three batters allowing only one of the inherited runners on a sacrifice fly to left.

With the Bobcats attempting a second straight 9-1 late inning comeback, junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) extended his hitting streak to nine games as he reached on a single to right loading the bases with only one out. Howeverm the Bobcats could not cut into the Huskies lead as senior Justin Wilt (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) grounded into an inning ending double-play.

From that point the Huskies cruised, scoring another two runs but more importantly kept the Bobcats from mounting any momentum closing out the game 12-2.

In the second game, FSU jumped out to a first inning 1-0 lead as Wilt brought home freshman Chris Jones (Towson, Md./Towson) on a sacrifice fly. The Huskies tied it up on a RBI-double by Ryan Bourque in the bottom of the second inning.

FSU reclaimed the lead in the top of the third as Feller extended his hitting streak to ten games and drove in his 20th run of the season. Later in the inning Romanik scored on a double steal in which Feller nabbed second base for his fourth steal of the year, while Romanik stole home on the throw to second.

In the fifth inning the Bobcats extended the lead as they loaded the bases with one out and freshman Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) singled home Jones. Junior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) followed with a single to left bringing home Feller and Wilt. Still with only one out the Bobcats continued to pile it on knocking starting pitcher Josh Stroup out of the game on a senior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) sacrifice fly as they held a 7-1 advantage.

Lutz started the game going all seven innings, striking out eight, while only allowing one run. It is the second straight game in which Lutz has gone six plus innings, while allowing only one run and striking out at least five batters.

It is also his third win in his last three starts as he has given up only four over his last 14 and one-third innings and struck out 17 batters, after giving up five runs with no strikeouts in his first appearance that lasted only one inning.

Offensively, Feller, who went 3-6 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI, now leads the team with a .431 batting average (.462 over the 10-game hitting streak), 28 hits, eight doubles, three homeruns, 20 RBI, 47 total bases, a .723 slugging percentage and a .471 on-base percentage.

The Bobcats will now play a doubleheader against Millikin University (Ill.) on Monday before concluding their spring break trip on Tuesday against North Central (Ill.).

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