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Baseball's Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped By Shenandoah
03/09/2004

SHENANDOAH, VA - The Frostburg State baseball team had its six game winning streak snapped as Shenandoah University came back in the late innings to take a 6-4 victory Tuesday afternoon.

The Bobcats (6-4 overall) led 4-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but could not hold as the Hornets scored three late runs.

Both teams were held scoreless in the first three innings, as both starting pitchers were able to cruise through the lineups. In the fourth inning, junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) jumped on the first pitch that reliever Jason Burgess threw, crushing his second homerun of the season and giving the Bobcats the early 1-0 lead.

However, the lead didn’t last long as Shenandoah (4-6 overall) answered back in the bottom half of the inning as they scored three runs before they even had a hit in the inning.

In the fifth inning, FSU cut the lead to 3-2 scoring a run on no hits as junior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) reached on an error, was sacrificed to second by senior Kevin Romanik (Millville, N.J./Millville), moved to third on a groundout by sophomore Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) and finally came home on a wild pitch.

The Bobcats then took the lead in the top of the sixth as they plated two more runs. Again Feller jumped on the first pitch from a new reliever and smashed it to deep center. However, this time in hit off the fence holding him to a double. He later scored on a RBI-single by senior Justin Wilt (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick), who also scored himself on another yet wild pitch by the Hornet pitching staff.

With the 4-3 lead the Bobcats turned the ball over to the surging bullpen who for the first time this season blew a late inning lead giving up three runs, one run in each of their final three at-bats.

Freshman Frank Sutton (Clarksburg, W.Va./Robert C. Byrd), who had yet to give up a run on the season, was dealt the loss in the game as he replaced starting pitcher junior Brad Cannon (Federalsburg, Md./Colonel Richardson).

Cannon went three and one-third innings, giving up three runs, two of which were unearned before Sutton replaced him. Sutton went three and two-thirds innings giving up two runs, only one earned. Junior Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park) closed out the game going one inning, allowing a run on two hits.

The strongest performance of the afternoon came from Shenandoah pitcher, David Jenkins, who began the game at shortstop and came in to pitch the final three and two-thirds innings. At the plate he went 3-4 with a double, a RBI, a stolen base and a walk. On the mound he was credited with the win as he did not allow a hit, struck out five and only allowed one base runner, who reached on a defensive error.

For Frostburg State, Feller and Wilt lead the way at the plate as Feller went 3-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Wilt went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.

On the season, Feller and Wilt top most of the offensive categories. Wilt and Feller rank first and second in batting average, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, homeruns, and total bases.

The Bobcats look to get back on track this weekend, as they will travel up north to play four games in the New York City/Long Island region. The first scheduled games will be a double-header Saturday March 13th against St. Joseph’s University starting at noon.

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