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Baseball Swept by No. 20 Carthage
03/20/2005

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL — The Frostburg State baseball team was swept by No. 20 Carthage Sunday afternoon in the Port Charlotte Invitational Tournament. FSU dropped game one 4-3 in eight innings, and fell in game two, 5-3.

In the third inning of game one, junior Ryan Stevens (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden) hit a lead-off single and later scored on a double to left by sophomore Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac) to give the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage.

Junior starter Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) held Carthage hitless through the first 4 1/3 innings before Warren Even singled to left.

FSU extended its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) walked and later scored on a single by sophomore Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry).

Hollister worked into the seventh inning before coming out with two runners on base. Junior closer Collin Bednar (Salisbury, Md./Glen Burnie) came into the game and induced a flyball to the outfield that would have ended the inning, but the ball was dropped and allowed both Carthage runners to score and tie the game at 2.

Carthage took the lead in the eighth inning on a two-run triple by Even but FSU looked to rally in the bottom of the frame.

Freshman Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) hit a two-out triple to right center and scored on a single by senior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) to close the gap to 4-3.

Carthage pitcher Will Rawlings halted the Bobcat rally, however, getting a fly ball to right field to end the game.

Rawlings picked up the win after allowing two hits and one run in three innings of relief.

Junior reliever Collin Bednar (Salisbury, Md./Glen Burnie) was saddled with the loss for the Bobcats after giving up two hits and two runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Hollister went six innings, allowing four hits, two unearned runs and striking out five in the no-decision.

In game two, Carthage shortstop Jose Alba doubled down the left field line scoring John Meier and Even singled to center scoring Alba giving the Redmen a 2-0 lead.

The Bobcats narrowed the deficit to one in the third inning when Holmes tripled to right center scoring Gitzen.

In the fourth inning, John Meier, Alba and McCulley each recorded RBIs to push the Redmen lead to 5-1. FSU cut into the Carthage lead in the fifth inning when Jones scored on a fielders choice.

Both teams went hitless until the bottom of the seventh when Gitzen started a late rally for Frostburg State by hitting a two-out solo home run to deep left field. Holmes then singled and later advanced to second on a senior Lance Williams (Herndon, Va./W.T. Woodson) single. Redmen pitcher Dan Gassner ended the Bobcat rally getting the third out on a pop-out to first base.

Zach Smigiel pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing three runs on 10 hits while picking up the win. For the Bobcats, senior Brad Cannon (Federalsburg, Md./Colonel Richardson) lasted 3 2/3 innings giving up five runs on six hits taking the loss.

Frostburg State returns to action tomorrow when it faces Elmhurst for a single game beginning at 3:00 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