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Baseball Wins Two Games; Both in Final At-Bat
04/10/2004

FROSTBURG, MD - The Frostburg State baseball team swept a dramatic doubleheader from Villa Julie College on Saturday afternoon winning the first game 5-4 and the second game 6-5, both games in its final at-bat.

In the first game, tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh the Bobcats (17-12, 3-3) won their seventh game in their last at-bat.

Freshman Chris Jones (Towson, Md./Towson) led off the inning with a bunt single and then got himself into scoring position as he stole second and third with one out. However, it took a two-out hit by senior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) to drive in Jones and secure the victory for FSU.

In the first inning both teams began quickly as in the top of the first Villa Julie (7-20) to a 1-0 lead on an RBI-double by Jim Smith.

In the bottom half of the inning the Bobcats answered with two runs as they used a walk, two singles and then two hit by pitches to plate two runs. However, they wasted an opportunity to add some more as they could not capitalize upon a bases loaded situation with only one out.

In the second, the Mustangs tied the game at 2-2 on three straight singles to begin the inning. Then took a 3-2 lead on a fielder’s choice as the Bobcats could not turn the inning ending double-play.

In the fourth inning, the Bobcats reclaimed the lead as an RBI-double by sophomore Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) drove in freshman Mike Gitzen (Potomac Falls, Va./Potomac Falls) . Then Mahan stole third on a ball in the dirt and scored on a Jones sacrifice fly to right.

Bobcat starter junior Brad Cannon (Federalsburg, Md./Colonel Richardson) , who left the game with an opportunity to earn his first win of the season, went five innings giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Replacing Cannon was freshman Collin Bednar (Millersville, Md./Glen Burnie) , who has had only one outing in ten appearances in which he gave up more than one run, set down the Mustangs in order in the eighth and in the ninth the Mustangs got the lead-off hitter to second on a two-base throwing error by Gitzen.

Bednar settled down and struck out the next batter, but a RBI-single by Anthony DeFrancisco followed and tied the game at 3-3. On the single, DeFrancisco advanced to second on the throw home, but Bednar got a groundball and a strikeout to give FSU a chance to win in its final at-bat.

The win for Bednar was his first collegiate victory.

In game two, junior Kevin Franc (Mechanicsville, Md./Leonardtown) earned his second start and

In the first inning, the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three hits and a error. DeFrancisco drove in two with a single to left and then scored on a defensive error with two-out.

In the bottom of the first, FSU chipped into the lead scoring one on three straight singles by senior Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) , Gitzen and Hamerski.

In the second, the Mustangs added another run knocking Franc out of the game as he pitched one and two-thirds innings giving up four runs, three earned on five hits. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.

Trailing 4-1 in the third, Hamerski came through again with his second RBI-single of the game cutting the lead to 4-2. With freshman Frank Sutton (Clarksburg, W.Va./Robert C. Byrd) cruising along on the mound, the Bobcats mounted another comeback.

In the fourth, freshman Brandon Merrill (St. Michaels, Md./St. Michaels) hit his first collegiate homerun, a two-run blast to left, tying the game 4-4.

In the fifth, Villa Julie threatened as a two-out error, a stolen base and throwing error put the go ahead run on third. Sutton, was replaced by junior Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) who’s first pitch got past Baugher and allowed the runner at third to score as the Mustangs reclaimed the lead, 5-4.

Sutton left the game as the pitcher of record even though he went three innings allowing only one hit and struck out two. Byer finished the inning and then handed the ball to McGarvey, who pitched the final two innings for his third win out of the bullpen this season.

Playing from behind again FSU began the bottom of the seventh with a single by Jones, who then reached third on an error by the pitcher fielding Davis’s sacrifice bunt. With runners on first and third, the Bobcats attempted a squeeze bunt by Gitzen which scored Jones, but also brought Davis home from first as the catcher threw the ball into right field attempting to throw out Gitzen at first.

The Bobcats will return to action this coming Saturday as they travel to face Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Bradford in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 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