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Baseball Hammers Waynesburg, 23-5.

Frostburg State was led by Junior Ryan Hamerski’s (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) five hits and six RBI in a 23-5 home opener victory over visiting Waynesburg College.

Frostburg State (7-1-1) fell behind early as the Yellow Jackets managed a 3-0 lead after one and half innings as Senior Juan Aznar (Liberty/Marriotsville, Md.) was forced out of the game after only an inning and a third. Sophomore Daryl Keys (Salem Central/Salem, N.Y.) came in to relieve Aznar and pitched four strong innings to earn the victory.

However the outcome of the game was decided in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Bobcats managed to put 15 runs on the board on 12 hits in one half inning. The inning began with Sophomore Scott Feller (American Heritage/Coral Springs, Fla.) reaching base on a single, his second hit in three at-bats, followed Senior Jake Mannon’s (Lenape/Southampton, N.J.) double to center scoring Feller from first-base. Hamerski than singled to right scoring Mannon. Senior Tim Wilkins (Mervo/Baltimore, Md.) then grounded into a double-play. However, the Bobcats would follow with 9 hits and 13 runs all with two outs.

Senior Bobby Farmer (Montgomery C.C./Rockville, Md.) walked, followed by singles from Senior’s Dave Sanchez (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.) and Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.) to load the bases. Junior Sean Davis (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) then singled bringing home Farmer and Sanchez. Junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) followed up the singles with a two-run homerun, his second of the season. Feller reached base for the second time in the inning on a walk, followed by a Mannon single. Hamerski came up again and delivered with a two-run double to center field.

Wilkins followed with a double of his own scoring Hamerski. Farmer walked again followed by a pinch-hit single by Junior Kevin Romanik (Millville/Millville, N.J.). With the bases loaded again, Mark Teson single up the middle scoring Wilkins. From there things got a bit sloppy as the Bobcats added four more runs as the Yellow Jackets committed three straight errors before retiring the side.

The Bobcats began their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the second as they managed one run as Hamerski reached base on a single to center and was brought home on an RBI single by Farmer.

In the bottom of the third FSU pulled even as Scott Feller hit a two-run homerun, his second of the season, to center field scoring Sean Davis. In the Bobcats next at-bat Hamerski continued to swing a hot bat by leading off the inning with a solo homerun to right field, his second homerun of the season.

The one-run lead did not last long as in the top of the fifth Waynesburg was able to tie the score as they managed to manufacture a run on two hits. The Bobcats however answered right back in the bottom half of the inning as Dixon lead off the inning with an infield single, followed by two walks to Feller and Mannon loading the bases with no-one out. Hamerski again came through with a two-run double to right field.

Tim Wilkins kept the inning going as he singled in two more runs to give the Bobcats an 8-4 lead. Heading into the sixth inning the Yellow Jackets looked to keep it close and managed to pull within three as they again manufactured a run on two hits.

The Bobcats had other plans as they answered back with the 15 run inning that secured the game with ease.

The Bobcats allowed five earned runs on nine hits committing only one error. They struck out seven batters, walking nine.

The second game of the scheduled double-header was called after three and a half complete innings due to darkness.

The Bobcats travel to La Roche Saturday to open AMCC play, before traveling to Georgia for a three-day, six game spring break trip.

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