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Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader Over AMCC Foe Penn State Altoona
04/03/2007

ALTOONA, Pa. - The Frostburg State baseball team overwhelmed Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Penn State Altoona, as they swept a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, scoring a combined 21 runs on 30 hits over the two games.

FSU (16-9, 5-1) shutout the Lions (7-11, 3-3) in game one 12-0 and then went on to down PSA 9-4 in the second contest.

Junior Brian Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) earned the win for the Bobcats in the first game, pitching 6.0 strong innings, scattering four hits and fanning eight. At the plate, Burke went 3-for-5, with two doubles, scored three runs, while knocking in one.

Brian Rostick took the loss for Penn State Altoona, allowing seven runs on eight hits in just 3.0 innings of action.

Frostburg State managed to score in every inning except in the seventh, while putting up three runs in both the first and third innings.

In the first, Burke led off with a double and then safely stole third before being knocked in by a senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) double to center field. Junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) was then walked and junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) doubled to right field, scoring Gitzen from third and Speights from second.

After FSU posted one run in the second the Bobcats scored three runs in the third. Speights led off and reached first on an error and then moved to second on a ground out to third by Peake. Senior Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) knocked in Speights from second after cranking a double to right field. Junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) scored Barone on a double of his own to left field and later scored on one of the two Lion errors during the inning.

Over the next four innings, Frostburg State would put up five runs on eight hits, while holding Penn State Altoona to just four hits.

Gitzen went 4-of-4 at the plate, with two doubles, while scoring two runs and knocking in three. For the Lions, Paul Dixon collected two hits.

In the nightcap, senior Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) took the mound, earning the win, while going 4.1 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits. Jared Swancer suffered the loss for the Lions, allowing eight runs on 12 hits through 5.0 innings of action.

FSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first and then a six run second-inning put Penn State Altoona away for good. FSU would score all six runs on six hits, earning three of the runs after a costly Lion error.

PSA would show some life offensively, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second and one run in the bottom of the fourth.

After Frostburg Statewas held scoreless in the third and fourth innings, they added another run in the top of the fifth, whenMitchell scored on a Gitzen single down the left side.

Both teams would put up one run in the seventh on two hits. Mitchelle went 4-for-4 at the plate with one double and two runs scored. For PSA, Tyler Weyant went 3-for-3 with one run scored.

FSU returns to the field on April 7 when it hosts a double header against AMCC opponent Pitt-Bradford at 1:00 pm.

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