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Baseball Upsets No. 21 Ranked Western New England 8-6
03/18/2007

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and later earned the save on the mound to help Frostburg State defeat No. 15 ranked Western New England 8-6 Saturday morning in Port Charlotte, Fla.

FSU (10-7) earned its first win over a ranked opponent this season and ended a two-game losing skid in the process.

The runs came in pairs for FSU as it scored two runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh innings. WNEC, which recorded just three hits over the first six innings scored one run in the seventh, three in the eighth and two in the ninth to make things interesting late in the game.

The Golden Bears plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning to narrow the score to 8-6. After loading the bases, WNEC scored the first run on a fielder’s choice and the second on a two out double to right center.

Burke then moved to the mound from his centerfield position. With runners on second and third and two outs, Burke got the final batter to fly out to freshman Andrew Derr, his replacement in center, to end the game.

Frostburg State starter John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) earned the win for the Bobcats after pitching a gem. He tossed 6.0 scoreless innings allowing just three hits while striking out a season-high seven batters. Eric Blanchard took the loss for WNEC after throwing 5.0 innings allowing eight hits and four runs, none earned.

Senior Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored and classmate Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, one RBI and a double. Junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) was 2-for-4 with a RBI and junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) had two RBIs and was 1-for-2 from the plate.

After a scoreless first, Frostburg State broke onto the scoreboard in the second. The first run came via a WNEC error allowing senior Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) to cross the plate. Two batters later, Mitchell singled up the middle scoring Holmes for a 2-0 Bobcat advantage.

Holmes drove in one run in the third as FSU added two runs to its total. Barone doubled to left center field and later scored on an error by the Western New England right fielder. Junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford), who reached base and advanced to third on the error, was driven home by Holmes on an RBI double that bounced over the outfield fence.

Speights and Burke each drove in a run in the sixth to give the Bobcats a 6-0 lead. Sophomore Joe Clark (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. He then scored on Burke’s third hit of the day. After stealing second, Burke made it to third on a ground out and eventually scored when Speights singled to third base.

In the seventh, FSU had the bases loaded with only one out after WNEC walked Peake, Holmes and Clark. Mitchell, the fifth batter of the inning, plated Peake with a squeeze bunt and Holmes scored on an error by the second baseman.

Western New England scored one run in the seventh and three runs in the eighth to make things interesting and bring the score to 8-4, setting up the dramatic finish in the top of the ninth.

The Bobcats returns to action on Sunday at 2:30 pm when they take on Sewanee.

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