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Baseball Extends Winning Streak to Ten with Sweep of Penn State Behrend

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State used its potent offense and excellent pitching to sweep an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader from Penn State Behrend Wednesday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

The Bobcats (16-8, 9-0 AMCC) took the opener 5-1 and pounded out a season-high 20 hits in a 16-1 victory in game two for their 10th straight win.

In game one, junior lefthander Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) scattered five hits over four innings and junior Collin Bednar (Salisbury, Md./Glen Burnie) struck out four in three scoreless innings of relief to lead FSU to victory.

The Bobcats got on the board in the first as junior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) doubled to start the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls).

Penn State Behrend (6-10, 1-3) tied it in the second on Eddie George’s RBI-single before Frostburg State took the lead for good with two runs in the third on RBI-singles by sophomores Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) and Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry).

Barone then came up with a key defensive play in the fourth, turning an unassisted double play to help Hollister work out of a two-on, no-out jam.

With Lions at second and third, Barone fielded a grounder at third and tagged Eddie George halfway between third and home. Barone then ran down Andrew McNelly between second and third for the second out, and Hollister used a liner to second to end the threat.

Hollister (5-1) hit the leadoff batter in the fifth and was replaced by Bednar, who uncorked a wild pitch and then walked a batter before striking out two to end another threat.

In the bottom of the frame, senior Justin Wilt (Knoxville, Md./Brunswick) hit a sacrifice fly and Barone scored on an error to give FSU a 5-1 lead. Bednar then retired six of the final seven hitters he faced to earn his second save of the year.

In the nightcap, senior Dan Lindner (Cumberland, Md./Allegany) scattered five singles and tied his season high of 10 strikeouts to earn the complete-game victory and improve to 4-1 on the season.

The powerful righthander fanned the first five hitters of the game and added two more strikeouts in both the third and fourth innings before losing his no-hit bid on an infield single to begin the fifth.

Lindner gave up a soft single to left and a blooper to right in the sixth before allowing two more hits in the seventh.

Penn State Behrend plated an unearned run with two outs in the final inning to break up the shutout.

The Bobcat offense was relentless, smacking a season-high 20 hits, including six doubles and a home run, to give Lindner all the support he would need.

FSU took control early, scoring six in the first, one in the second and four more in the third. Junior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) drilled a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 13-0, and senior Lance Williams (Herndon, Va./W.T. Woodson) drove home two more with a double as part of a three-run sixth to complete FSU’s scoring.

Williams went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk, while Gitzen was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI.

Mahan finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Bobcats return to action Sunday when they host Medaille for a single seven-inning game beginning at 1 pm. The contest will complete a doubleheader that began March 26. FSU took the opener 5-1 but the second game was postponed due to rain.

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