— Frostburg State's spring break trip to Georgia ended with a difficult 8-6 loss at LaGrange College on Wednesday. Down 4-0 after one inning, the Bobcats rallied to gain a 6-5 lead after five and a half innings. The Panthers answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and in the seventh, added another run for insurance to finish off FSU.
Frostburg State, (9-5-1), was again inconsistent in the field. It allowed three unearned runs on two errors, with two runs coming in the first inning.
The Bobcats let the Panthers gain the advantage when they allowed them to score four runs on four hits in the first inning. The Panthers were also aided by an FSU error before they added another run in the second on two hits.
FSU mounted a comeback in the third inning when they loaded the bases with one out. Junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) delivered a two-run single, scoring seniors Dave Sanchez (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.) and Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.).
Following the single, FSU had another chance to cut into the lead when they loaded the bases with two outs but could not put the ball in play.
Down three runs, the Bobcats continued with strong pitching that gave the offense a chance to get in the game.
In the sixth inning, FSU was able to grab the lead as Sean Davis(Sherwood/Olney, Md.) and Dixon led the inning off with back to back singles. Dixon and junior Eric Edelman (Sherwood/Silver Spring, Md.) followed with a pair of RBI doubles that contributed to a four-run Bobcat inning that put them in the lead 6-5.
LaGrange replied in the bottom of the sixth when Summerlin hit a two-run single to regain the lead, 7-6.
Frostburg State had its chances, but left three runners on base in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, sophomore Scott Feller (American Heritage/Coral Springs, Fla.) led-off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner junior David Lydon (McDonough/White Plains, Md.).
Bad luck fell on the Red and Black when Edleman's shot towards second was snagged and Lydon was doubled-up at first base.
In the eighth, FSU was able to get runners at second and third with two outs, but again, left them stranded. That was FSU's last chance. On its road trip, FSU baseball went 1-3, but played much better than the record shows.
Senior Jake Mannon (Lenape/Southampton, N.J.) extended his hitting streak to 10 games where he batted .400 with 10 runs under his belt. Davis also improved his hitting streak to five, batting .474 with five runs and two RBI.
FSU struggled defensively, allowing 10 unearned runs to cross the plate in three losses. The Bobcats have given up 22 unearned runs on the season, a mark that hurts them as the last five games have been lost by a total of 12 runs.
When FSU returns, it will look to focus on improving its defense and continuing its performance with the pitching staff.
The Bobcats, (9-5-1), return to action on Saturday, March 29 when the take on host and Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Penn State Behrend in a double-header at 1 pm.
FSU (9-5-1) 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 - 6 11 2
LaGrange 4 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 X -8 13 2
WP: Broach 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB
LP: Sidorowicz (FSU) 4 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 1 SO, 2 BB
S: McCarthy 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 SO, 0 BB
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303