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Speights Nearly Perfect at the Plate; Baseball Routs Sewanee 13-7
03/19/2007

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla – Junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored to help lead Frostburg State to a 13-7 rout of Sewanee, Monday in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Freshman starter Rob Mathias (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty (Potomac State)) earned his team-leading fourth win of the season for FSU (11-7). Mathias pitched 6.0 innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out eight. Greg Bartleski suffered the loss for the Tigers, tossing 5.2 innings allowing 12 runs, six earned, on 11 hits.

Three of Speights’ four hits were doubles, all recording RBIs. Junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) also had an impressive performance going 2-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs scored including his first career grand slam in the first inning.

Junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) also knocked in two runs and was 1-for-4 with a run scored and a double while senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

In the first, Frostburg State jumped out to the early lead posting four runs. Gitzen was the first Bobcat to reach base after being hit by a pitch. Speights then singled and senior Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) loaded the bases after being hit by a pitch as well. Peake then hit a bomb over the left field fence for a 4-0 Bobcat lead.

Sewanee scored one run in the first when John Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Tom Willis.

Speights had an RBI and a run scored as FSU added two runs in the top of the second. Junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) led off with a walk and later stole second. Speights then doubled him home with a shot down the right field line. Barone then reached on an error by the left fielder allowing Speights to score.

After the Tigers cut the deficit to 6-2 with a run in the third, Speights added an RBI to his total in the fourth doubling home Burke to give Frostburg State a 7-2 lead.

FSU extended its lead with five runs in the sixth for a 12-2 advantage. Speights knocked in his third run of the ballgame when he doubled home Mitchell for the first run of the inning. The next batter, Barone, flied out to right field scoring Gitzen. Peake and senior Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) then recorded back-to-back RBI doubles and the final run of the inning came when junior Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) scored on a bases loaded walk.

In the eighth, Mitchell doubled home sophomore Joe Clark (Crozet, Va./Western Albemarle) for a 13-2 lead.

Sewanee answered in the bottom half of the inning with three runs. Davis homered to lead off the inning while Bruce Frommeyer scored on a bases loaded walk and Austin Stephenson singled home Mac MCallum.

The Tigers added two in the ninth to further narrow the deficit to 13-7. Rascoe Dean had an RBI single and MCallum scored on a wild pitch to end the scoring.

The Bobcats return to the field on Wednesday when they play the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Otterbein, at 10:30 am.

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