Frostburg State extended its winning streak to 10 games with a doubleheader sweep of host Villa Julie Tuesday night at Joe Cannon Stadium. The Bobcats scored four runs in the seventh to post a 9-6 win in the opener and also rallied for a 9-5 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, freshman Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) made his first collegiate home run one to remember, as his pinch-hit three-run shot in the top of the seventh inning lifted FSU to the 9-6 win.
FSU entered the seventh trailing, 6-5, before rallying for four runs in the frame.
Junior Mark Teson (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) walked, Wilkins followed with a single and the two runners moved up on a passed ball. Junior Jake Mannon (Southampton, N.J./Lenape) then reached on an error that scored Teson to pull the Bobcats even.
One out later, Baugher crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to give FSU the come-from-behind win.
The Bobcats, who had scored a whopping 90 runs in their previous five games, were down 3-0 heading into the fifth before the offense heated up.
FSU closed to within 3-2 in the top of the fifth as sophomore Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) roped a run-scoring triple and came home on an RBI-single by Teson.
The Mustangs scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to open a 4-2 lead, but FSU used a three-run sixth to move in front. The Bobcats scored a pair of runs on two Villa Julie wild pitches before gaining their first lead of the night when freshman Luke Tate (Germantown, Md./St. John’s) reached on an infield error.
Villa Julie wasn’t done, however, scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 6-5 edge before FSU rallied in its final at bat.
Bobcat freshman Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) allowed four hits and one earned run in two innings of relief to gain the win and improve to 3-1 on the season.
In the nightcap, junior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) drove in three runs in the 9-5 victory as the Bobcats completed the sweep and picked up their 10th straight win, the team’s longest since a similar stretch in 1999.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, chasing Bobcat senior starter Chris Hammond (Brookville, Md./Sherwood (Montgomery-Germantown CC)) after scoring twice and loading the bases with no outs.
FSU senior Steve Simpson (Harrington, Del./Lake Forest) then came in and recorded two straight strikeouts before hitting a batter to give VJC a 3-0 edge. Simpson avoided further damage by getting another strikeout to end the inning.
The Bobcats pulled even in the second as Hammond laced a two-run single and later scored on a throwing error.
FSU jumped in front, 6-3, in the third. Wilkins drilled an RBI-single, Simpson hit an RBI-double and junior Dave Sanchez (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) added another run-scoring single to cap the outburst.
Villa Julie scored twice in the fifth to pull to within 6-5, but FSU created some breathing room with a three-run sixth.
Davis smacked an RBI-double, and Wilkins nailed a two-run triple to ice the win.
The game was called after six innings due to an 11 p.m. stadium curfew.
Simpson went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI, and he also picked up his first victory of the season after allowing just two hits, one earned run and striking out five in 3 2/3 innings.
Sophomore Chris McGarvey (Fallentimber, Pa./Glondalo) pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief for his first career save.
Sanchez was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Wilkins, Hammond and junior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton (Montgomery-Germantown CC)) had two hits apiece.
Frostburg State returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Pitt-Bradford to complete an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader already rescheduled twice due to rain. The twinbill will begin at 2:30 p.m.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303