— The Frostburg State baseball team used 35 runs to sweep an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader from Penn State Altoona Tuesday afternoon at Spring Run Field.
The Bobcats (22-9, 14-0 AMCC) took the opener 25-13 and closed out the nighcap with a 10-6 victory.
In game one, FSU took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a senior Lance Williams (Herndon, Va./W.T. Woodson) RBI single. In the bottom half of the inning, the Lions answered with two runs to take their only lead of the game.
Frostburg State broke the game wide open with five runs in the second and six runs in the third.
In the second, sophomore Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) led off the inning with a single and later scored on a single by classmate Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry). Williams and freshman Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) added RBI’s in the inning and the Bobcats got runs on a wild pitch and an Altoona error.
In the third, Barone led off with a double and scored another run on a Holmes single. Sophomore Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) singled home freshman Allan Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) to bring the score to 8-2. Speights later added an RBI single, sophomore Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) added a two RBI double and the Lions commit another error that cost them a run to cap the inning.
Penn State Altoona scored one run in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 12-3 but Speights scored Gitzen with an RBI single to push the Bobcat lead back to 10, 13-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kyle Wright, Tony Petulla and Jake Hargreaves each added solo homers mixed with an FSU wild pitch to score four runs cutting the Bobcat lead 13-7.
Frostburg State stopped any Lion rally scoring nine runs in the sixth extending its lead to 22-7. Barone smashed a two-run home run and scored a run on a PSA error while Gitzen, Speights, Williams and senior Justin Wilt (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) all added RBI’s to lead the charge.
Penn State Altoona would again strike back with six runs in the sixth to narrow the FSU lead to 22-13. Petula added a two-run double and Dennis McKimm added a two-run triple to highlight the inning.
In the top of the seventh, Frostburg State added three runs to end the scoring.
Bobcat relief pitcher Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) pitched 3 1/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits to earn the win. Lion starter Eric London lasted just two innings giving up eight runs on nine hits in taking the loss.
In the nightcap, FSU struck early scoring five runs in the first inning. Speights knocked an RBI double and later scored on a Barone RBI single. Webb recorded an RBI single and the Bobcats scored two-unearned runs on two Lion errors to complete the inning.
After PSA added a run in the bottom of the first, Jones led off the second with a single and later scored on an error by the Lions right fielder. Williams added an RBI single to bring the Bobcat lead to 7-1.
In the third inning, Peake and Holmes scored on Bobcat RBI ground outs and Barone scored Williams on an RBI double in the fourth to give the Bobcats a 10-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Wright and Petulla laced back-to-back solo home runs to cut the Bobcat lead to 10-3.
Altoona added two more runs in the sixth on a Shaun Greenland sacrifice fly and a Hargreaves RBI ground out before closing out the contest with a run in the seventh.
FSU senior starter Dan Lindner (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) threw the complete game allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out five to pick up the win. Lion starter Andy Stottlemyer took the loss after giving up 10 runs on 13 hits.
FSU returns to action Saturday, April 23 when they host AMCC opponent Pitt-Bradford at 1:00 pm.
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