FROSTBURG, Md. —
Top-seeded Frostburg State defeated third-seeded La Roche in dramatic fashion with a game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to capture the 2006 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Baseball Tournament Saturday evening at Bob Wells Field.
With the win, FSU earns the AMCC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will open play on Wednesday. Regional pairings will be announced Monday morning.
The AMCC Championship marks the first for the Bobcats since 2004 and the fourth overall title since the league’s inception in 1998.
It was the second dramatic win of the tournament for the Bobcats, who downed La Roche in the first game of the day on a ninth inning game-winning run.
#1 Frostburg State 6, #3 La Roche 5
After battling back from a 5-2 deficit to tie the ballgame in the seventh inning, FSU senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) singled home sophomore Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) to give the Bobcats the thrilling 6-5 victory. Mitchell started the inning after being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on a junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) walk.
Frostburg State started the rally in the seventh when junior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) led off the inning with a single to left. After advancing to second on a ground out, he scored on freshman Brian Short (Ashburn, Va./Paul VI) single to to right.
Sophomore Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) singled to right advancing Short to third. After Daddura stole second, the pair scored and tied the game when sophomore Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled to center.
The game was scoreless through the first two innings until LAR took a 1-0 lead in the third. The Bobcats answered in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Mahan scored on a wild pitch and sophomore Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) singled home Gitzen.
La Roche then scored three runs in the top of the fourth and one in the top of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.
FSU got a solid performance from junior Mike Tiller (Dumfries, Va./Potomac), who pitched 3.2 innings in relief to pick up his fifth win of the season. He allowed just four hits while striking out three. Sophomore John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) was the starter, lasting 3.1 innings while allowing four runs, one earned, on four hits. He didn’t factor in the decision.
Nate McCollough took the loss for the Redhawks, throwing 1.0 inning allowing the winning run.
At the plate, Mahan was 3-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored, while Gitzen, Daddura and junior Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) each recorded two hits.
#3 La Roche 9, #4 Penn State Behrend 2
La Roche pounded out 13 hits and used four Penn State Behrend (28-16-1) errors to win 9-2, and earn a spot in the AMCC Championship game.
The Lions scored two runs in the top of the first on RBIs from Dave Miller and Ed George. The Redhawks were quick to answer, taking a three-run lead, 5-2 in the bottom of the inning. Lucas McCoy singled and later scored the first run of the inning on a single by Darin Sharek. Erik McCombie added a two-run single, and later scored along with Dustin Kuhn on an error.
The Redhawks scored one run in both the second and third innings to make the score 7-2. In the eighth, LAR added two insurance runs when Sharek smacked a two-run single into center field.
Nate Fillip earned the win for the Redhawks after pitching 6.1 innings allowing just two runs on seven hits while striking out three. PSB starter Ray DeVaul got roughed up early allowing six runs, four earned, on four hits in just 1.1 innings of work.
#1 Frostburg State 8, #3 La Roche 7
FSU broke a 7-7 deadlock in the bottom of the ninth inning when Speights singled home freshman Joe Clark (Crozet Va./Western Albemarle) for the game-winning run. Daddura started the inning for the Bobcats by reaching base after being hit by a pitch. Clark then pinch ran for Daddura.
Frostburg State opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jones singled to lead off the inning and later scored on a La Roche error. Daddura and Short each added RBIs during the inning.
The Bobcats scored two runs to take a 5-0 lead in the in the second. Speights scored on a Mahan sacrifice fly and Gitzen singled home Mitchell.
In the top of the fifth, Nate McCollough led of the inning with a double. He then scored when the next batter, Kevin Dick, singled to left field. After the next three batters reached base, Nick Wendell smacked a two-run single to left field cutting the Bobcat lead to 5-3. After the Redhawks loaded the bases again, Lucas McCoy stole home and Wendell later scored on a wild pitch.
FSU took the lead in the seventh, 6-5, on solo homerun by sophomore Art Barone. In the top of the eighth, the Redhawks took their only lead of the game when Kevin Dick had an RBI single and Ryan Unger added a RBI triple.
The lead didn't last long as FSU tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Gitzen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
In the ninth, Speights' game-winning RBI single lifted the Bobcats into the championship game.
Micklus earned the win tossing just 1.1 innings in relief allowing one hit. Teammate Jordan Crystal (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (Monmouth)) started on the mound for the Bobcats but didn't factor in the decision after allowing seven runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings. McCollough suffered the loss pitching 1.1 innings giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits.
Jones was 3-for-4 with a run, freshman Short was 1-for-5 with two RBIs while Mitchell was 3-for-4 with three hits and two runs scored.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303