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Baseball Sweeps Penn State Altoona
04/03/2003

ALTOONA, PA - Frostburg State powered past Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference rival Penn State Altoona as they won the first game, 10-6 behind two homeruns from junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.), and then 12-2 in the second game with two more homeruns, this time from sophomore Scott Feller(American Heritage/Coral Springs, Fla.). The Bobcats also received solid pitching performances from sophomore Drew Byer (Osbourn Park/Manassas, Va.) and junior Dan Sidorowicz (St. Mary's Ryken/Leonardtown, Md.) in the two games.

In the first game, Frostburg State (12-6-1) took an early lead as in the top of the first senior Sean Davis (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.) led off the game with a double to left-center. Dixon then sacrificed him to third, were he was brought home by senior Jake Mannon’s (Lenape/Southampton, N.J.) RBI single. Mannon then stole second and scored on senior Tim Wilkins (Mervo/Baltimore, Md.) double to right-center.

Penn State Altoona bounced back in the bottom of the first with three runs on three hits including a two run double by Hargraeves. The Lions then extended the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the second as they knocked out Bobcat starter junior Brent Lutz (Central/Toms Brook, Va.). Replacing Lutz was Drew Byer who went three innings allowing only one run for his first victory of the season.

Down 4-2, the Bobcats brought out the bats led by Dixon. In the third inning Dixon led off with a solo homerun to centerfield as part of a two run inning to pull even with the Lions. In the Bobcats next at-bat they regained the lead again led by Dixon who topped off a three run inning with a two-run homerun to leftfield.

The Bobcats added three more funs in the sixth on a walk to Bobby Farmer (Montgomery C.C./Rockville, Md.), followed by singles from senior Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.) and Dixon, completed with a double from senior Pat Fortunato (Fairport/Fairport, N.Y.). It was all the Bobcats needed to hold off the Lions for the first game of the doubleheader as Matt Sillers (Pallotti/Columbia, Md.) came in for the final two innings too close it out for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats continued their domination in the second game as Dan Sidorowicz (1-1) provided his best pitching performance of the season going six innings allowing only two runs, both of which came in his final inning of work.

Offensively the Bobcats jumped all over the Lions as they scored three runs in the top of the first as Teson led off with a single and stole second. With two outs, Scott Feller walked followed by a Mannon single to load the bases. Junior Ryan Hamerski (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) then earned and RBI walk and Farmer brought in two more runs with a double down the leftfield line.

Three runs in the first proved to be all the Bobcats would need for the victory, but Scott Feller figured he would secure the game in the third and fourth innings as he, like Dixon previously, homered in the third ironically with Dixon on base and then again in the fourth with Dixon on base.

In the fourth the Bobcats scored five more runs, all with two outs, as Dixon started it off with a single and was brought in on the Feller homerun. Junior Eric Edleman (Sherwood/Silver Spring, Md.), who replaced Mannon, reached as he was hit by a pitch, Hamerski and Farmer followed with singles and then Wilkins doubled to bring the lead to 10-0.

On the day, Taylor Dixon led the team as he went 5-8 with two homeruns, a double, a walk, six runs scored, four RBI, and added a stolen base. Not to be outdone, Scott Feller went 4-4 with two homeruns, a double, a walk, five RBI, and three runs scored.

Other notables for the Bobcats were Mark Teson, Bobby Farmer, Sean Davis, and Tim Wilkins who all had multiple hits in one of the two games. As a team the Bobcats scored a combined 22 runs on 28 hits, earned eight walks, stole seven bases as they began a long weekend of baseball in spectacular fashion.

“This is how we expect to play everytime we take the field,” said Head Coach Chris McKnight. “We are capable of performing this way all the time and hopefully now that we have seen it we can repeat it every game.”

The Bobcats return home Friday for a doubleheader against Mt. Aloysius before traveling to St. Mary’s College on Saturday for a doubleheader. They then will close out the weekend on Sunday with another AMCC doubleheader as they host Pitt-Greensburg.

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