Gettysburg, Pa. ...
Mike Connolly went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Dan Armstrong allowed just two runs over eight innings to lead Gettysburg to a 6-2 win over Frostburg State in the semifinals of the 2001 Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Championship Saturday afternoon at Bullet Field.
The second-seeded Bullets then fell to No. 3 Alvernia, 7-6, in the championship game later in the day. Alvernia knocked off top seed Pitt-Bradford, 14-13, in 10 innings in the day’s first contest.
Gettysburg (26-14) jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Bobcats in the second inning on a two-run single by Nate Bashaw and Connolly’s two-run double. The Bullets then added two more runs in the third on RBI-singles from Connolly and Jim Nastasi.
The third-seeded Bobcats, who finished the season 25-16 overall, scored both of their runs in the fifth inning. Sophomore Dave Sanchez led off with a bunt single, and freshman Sean Davis followed with a single up the middle. Freshman Scott Feller’s infield single loaded the bases, and junior Steve Simpson hit into a fielder’s choice to plate Sanchez with FSU’s first run.
Senior Tom Shaffer then followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Davis, but Armstrong worked out of further trouble by getting Bobcat junior Tim Wilkins to fly out to deep center field.
The Bobcats looked to threaten in the eighth when sophomore Pete D’Amour led off with a single and moved to second on sophomore Mark Teson’s two-out base hit. However, Armstrong (5-2) thwarted the possible rally by striking out pinch-hitter Ryan Hamerski to end the inning. Armstrong scattered nine hits, posted seven strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Frostburg State had chances early on but left two runners on base in each of the first two innings. Overall, the Bobcats stranded 10 runners in the game.
Feller and Teson led FSU with two hits each. Jim Nastasi and Henry Mullen both had a pair of hits for the Bullets.
Bobcat junior Darron Jones (6-5) took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Freshman Mike Thomas scattered five hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings of strong relief.
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303