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Baseball Sweeps W&J Behind Offensive Explosion
04/02/2002

WASHINGTON, PA - Junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) went 6-for-7 with two home runs, seven RBIs, six runs scored and a pair of walks to lead Frostburg State to a doubleheader sweep of host Washington & Jefferson Tuesday afternoon at Brooks Park.

The Bobcats blasted the Presidents, 25-6, in five innings in the opener and added a 12-10 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap.

In game one, FSU scored at least five runs in four of the five innings played. The Bobcats smacked 22 hits and took advantage of 14 President walks in the rout.

The Bobcats (8-8) took control early behind a five-run first inning. Two bases-loaded walks, a Wilkins two-run single and another run-scoring single by junior Dave Sanchez (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) got FSU off and rolling.

The Bobcats then tacked on eight more runs in the second. Senior Steve Simpson (Harrington, Del./Lake Forest) had a two-run double and later scored on a double by senior Chris Hammond (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood (Montgomery-Germantown)).

Freshman Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) followed with a RBI-single, and Wilkins blasted a two-run home run over the 25-foot high fence in left field to give the Bobcats an 11-0 lead. Junior Mark Teson (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) and Hammond then added run-scoring singles.

FSU increased its lead to 16-0 in the third on a RBI-single by junior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton (Montgomery-Germantown) and four more bases-loaded walks. The Bobcats scored two more in the fourth on a RBI-single by sophomore Kevin Romanik (Millville, N.J./Millville) and a RBI-groundout by sophomore David Lydon (White Plains, Md./McDonough).

The Bobcats closed out the win with five more runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run homer by sophomore Eric Edelman (Silver Spring, Md./Sherwood). The game was called after five innings by mutual consent of both head coaches.

Bobcat sophomore Rob DeSanto (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) picked up his first win of the season after allowing 13 hits and six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

Wilkins went 4-for-4 with four RBIs, four runs scored and a walk, while Hammond was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs scored.

In the nightcap, sophomore Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to cap a five-run fifth inning as the Bobcats overcame a 6-3 deficit and held on for the 12-10 win.

The Presidents (2-12) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first and took a 5-1 edge into the third before FSU mounted its comeback.

Teson drilled a two-run homer over the centerfield fence in the third and the Bobcats moved in front for good with their five-run fifth.

Simpson doubled with one out and later scored when a single by junior Jake Mannon (Southampton, Md./Lenape) was misplayed in left field.

Edelman then doubled to score Mannon, and, following a Wilkins walk, Hamerski sent a towering shot over the center field fence to give the Bobcats an 8-6 lead.

The Bobcats opened a seemingly comfortable 12-6 advantage in the sixth on an RBI-single by Hammond and a three-run homer by Wilkins, but the Presidents made a late charge.

Pilato slammed a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 12-9 contest, and the Presidents added another run and had the tying run at the plate in the seventh before sophomore Chris McGarvey (Fallentimber, Pa./Glondalo) sealed the win with a strikeout.

Junior John Koppel (Frostburg, Md./Beall) earned his first career win, tossing two shutout innings of relief. He scattered four hits and struck out three.

Edelman paced the Bobcat offense with three hits, while Wilkins was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, two runs scored and a walk.

The Bobcats will host Penn State Altoona in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Hot Stove Fields in Cumberland.

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