FROSTBURG, Md. -
Pitt-Bradford downed Penn State Behrend 9-4 to win the 2005 AMCC Baseball Tournament title Sunday afternoon at Frostburg State's Bobcat Field.
With the victory, Pitt-Bradford earns the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will open action Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Penn State Behrend forced a second championship contest by blanking Pitt-Bradford 3-0 in the first game of the day.
#4 Pitt-Bradford 9, #2 Penn State Behrend 4
After being held scoreless by the Lions earlier in the day, the Panthers errupted early, taking control with a pair of three-run homers in the second.
Number nine hitter Ron Heinrich put Pitt-Bradford on the board with a three-run shot over the left field fence. Corey Smock then singled and Dom Morelli walked before Ryan Synder smacked an opposite field bomb in almost the same spot as Heinrich to give UPB a 6-0 cushion.
Matt Nobles laced an RBI single to make it a 7-0 Panther lead in the fourth before Vince Canzano hit a one-out solo homer to right center for Penn State Behrend in the bottom of the inning.
Snyder smacked an RBI single in the fifth to push the Panthers ahead 8-1 before Penn State Behrend took advantage of a Pitt-Bradford error to score three in the seventh and close to within 8-4.
The Lions had the bases loaded with two outs in the inning, but Panther reliever Chad Yohe induced a pop up to end the threat.
Pitt-Bradford closed out the scoring in the ninth when Shawn Manning tripled and came home on a throwing error on the hit.
The Panthers received a solid outing from Ken Vogt, who allowed just one earned run on 11 hits while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings. Yohe gave up just one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings to seal the victory.
Snyder finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored. He was a triple short of the cycle.
Four players has two hits each for Penn State Behrend.
#2 Penn State Behrend 3, #4 Pitt-Bradford 0
The second-seeded Lions forced a second championship game with a 3-0 shutout of the fourth-seeded Panthers morning.
Jason Shaffer went eight strong innings for Penn State Behrend, holding Pitt-Bradford to just four singles. The Lion defense backed him up with three double plays to squash several Panther threats.
The game was scoreless before the Lions tallied a run in the fourth on a two-out single by Vince Canzano.
Penn State Behrend took a 2-0 lead in the fifth thanks to an RBI ground out by Michael Stetz.
The Lions added their final run in the eighth when Shane Elzer doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Eddie George's liner tipped off the second baseman's glove and into shallow center.
Shane Scott worked the ninth for the Lions to earn the save. He struck out two.
Ron Heinrich was solid for Pitt-Bradford, allowing three runs on seven hits in a complete-game effort.
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