MURFREESBORO, N.C. —
Senior Jake Mannon (Southampton, N.J./Lenape)
laced a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Frostburg State to an exciting 12-11 win over Chowan in the championship game of the Chowan Invitational Sunday afternoon.
The game was scheduled for nine innings but was shortened due to darkness.
The Bobcats (3-1), who won their third title in the tournament's eight-year history, jumped out to a 10-1 lead after three innings before the Braves (5-3) stormed back to eventually tie the game at 10.
Frostburg State regrouped in the bottom of the eighth to claim the victory.
Junior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) was hit by a pitch to start the inning and was replaced by junior pinch-runner Dave Lydon (White Plains, Md./McDonough).
A sacrifice bunt by junior Taylor Dixon (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) moved Lydon to second, and, after a diving catch of a line drive by the Chowan second baseman, Mannon singled up the middle to plate Lydon with the winning run.
Chowan took a 1-0 lead after its first at-bat, but the Bobcats countered with five runs in the bottom of the inning thanks in part to four errors and two wild pitches. Sophomore Scott Feller (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage) highlighted the frame with a two-run double.
Frostburg State added another run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Hamerski and appeared to blow things open with a four-run third.
Mannon scored on a wild pitch, senior Dave Sanchez (Buckeystown, Md./Urbana) came home on a first-and-third double steal and Feller drilled another two-run double to give the Bobcats a 10-1 cushion.
However, the Braves roared back with two runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth before making it a 10-9 contest on Kenny Bragg's two-run home run in the sixth.
The Bobcats moved ahead, 11-9, in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-single by senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo), but Chowan tied it in the eighth on a run-scoring ground out and a first-and-third double steal.
Junior Brent Lutz (Toms Brook, Va./Central) picked up his second win in as many appearances, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings of relief. He was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
Feller went 3-for-5 with two doubles, four RBI and a run scored, while senior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton) was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
In addition to Lutz, Frostburg State was also represented on the All-Tournament Team by Farmer and Dixon.
Chowan (5-3) 1 0 0 2 4 2 0 2 - 11 13 5
FSU (3-1) 5 1 4 0 0 1 0 1 - 12 13 2
Two outs when winning run scored.
WP: Lutz (2-0)
LP: Manual (NR)
HR: Bragg (CHO, one on, sixth)
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303