SAVANNAH, GA -
The Frostburg State baseball team began its spring break trip with a doubleheader split at Savannah College of Art & Design Monday afternoon in Savannah, Ga.
In game two, senior Juan Aznar (Liberty/Westminster, Md.) and sophomore Daryl Keys (Salem Central/Salem, N.Y.) scattered five hits, walked none and struck out six in a seven inning combined effort to help carry the Bobcats to their ninth victory. Keys, who relieved Aznar after three innings to earn his second victory of the season, gave up only two hits and struck out five in four scoreless innings.
Frostburg State (9-3-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as with two outs, sophomore Scott Feller (American Heritage/Coral Springs, Fla.) doubled to left and then scored on a single by junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) .
SCAD answered in the bottom of the first as Sean Smith led off with a triple and scored on a Brad Kempson single. That is all the offense the Bees could manage as Aznar, Keys and the Bobcat defense would not allow another run to cross the plate.
FSU scored the go-ahead and eventual winning run in the top of the fourth as junior Sean Davis (Sherwood/Olney, Md.)
led off with a double to center and moved to third when Feller singled. Davis raced home as the Bees turned a double play off the bat of Dixon.
Frostburg State then rallied on the pitching of Keys and the defense around him to hold on. Sophomore catcher Chris Baugher (Brunswick/Frederick, Md.) threw out three runners attempting to steal bases and in what may have proven to be the scoring play, senior Bobby Farmer (Wheaton/Rockville, Md.), Davis and Baugher combined for a relay from right field corner to home plate, cutting down the runner attempting to score from first on a double.
In the first game, the Bobcats trailed 1-0, but took the lead in the top of the third as senior Tim Wilkins (Mervo/Baltimore, Md.) reached base on a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice by senior Dave Sanchez (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.) and scored on a double by senior Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.). Teson later scored on a triple by Davis to put the Bobcats up 2-1.
Junior Ryan Hamerski (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) extended the lead in the top of the fourth with a solo homerun, his third of the season. The Bees answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the fourth on a triple by James O'Connell and an RBI single by Chris Rud.
The Bobcats looked to put the game out of reach in the top of the fifth inning as Teson and Davis scored on RBI singles by senior Jake Mannon (Lenape/Southhampton, N.J.) and Feller. The Bobcats led 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Starter freshman David Keenan (North Caroline/Ridgley, Md.) faced the first two batters of the fifth, and then was replaced by junior Chris McGarvey (Glendale/Fallentimber, Pa.) after allowing a single and a walk.
McGarvey allowed hits to the only two batters he faced, scoring both runners he inherited. He was replaced by sophomore Andrew Byer (Osbourn Park/Manassas, Va.), who allowed a hit to score two more runs. The Bees added one more run in the bottom of the sixth as the Bobcats were unable to threaten against Kempson.
"We played one bad inning the whole day and unfortunately it led to a loss," said head coach Chris McKnight. "But as it has gone all season, we bounced back and pitched very well in the second game. It has been a great start both to the season and this road trip."
The Bobcats continue their spring trip Tuesday afternoon as they face Emory University at 3 pm. The trip will conclude Wednesday with a single game at La Grange University beginning at 3 pm.
FSU 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 5 9 2
SCAD 1 0 0 1 4 1 X 7 12 11
WP: Fallat (SCAD) 5 IP,8 H,5 R,5 ER, 2 SO,1 BB
LP: McGarvey 0+ IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB
HR: Hamerski (3)
FSU (9-3-1) 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 2
SCAD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
WP: Keys (2-0) 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 0 BB
LP: Kempson 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 SO, 0 BB
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303