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Baseball Holds off Juniata in Regular-Season Finale for 13th Straight Win

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State extended its winning streak to 13 games in a row as they defeated host Juniata College in a wild game, 17-14. Juniata, who was riding a 13 game winning streak of their own, committed nine errors, while the Bobcats committed seven of their own.

The Bobcats (29-8-1) never trailed in the game as they scored five runs in the first inning and added two in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and four in the seventh. However, every time the Bobcats would seemingly put the game out of reach, the Eagles would climb back into the game as Frostburg allowed four unearned runs in the final three innings to cut a 10 run lead down to a three-run victory.

In the first inning senior Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.), as usual, led off the game with a walk and stole second base. Teson who now has 38 walks on the season is within one of the single season record of 39.

Junior Sean Davis (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) then reached base as he was hit by a pitch. Teson later scored on a fielding error on a sophomore Chris Baugher (Brunswick/Frederick, Md.) groundball that was followed by senior Jake Mannon’s (Lenape/Southampton, N.J.) RBI-single. The hit was the only one of the inning for the Bobcats as they scored five times on one hit, three walks, a hit batsman, an error, and one sacrifice fly from senior Bobby Farmer (Montgomery C.C./Rockville, Md.).

The Bobcats, who were leading 9-3 through five, now found themselves up only 9-7 as the Eagles crossed four in the fifth. In the sixth inning the Bobcats brought nine batters to the plate, crossing four runs on five hits, including junior Ryan Hamerski (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) doubled to start the hitting. Junior Charles Jackson (Chesapeake/Baltimore, Md.), senior Dave Sanchez (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.), Teson, and Davis then added four straight RBI singles to bring the lead back to a comfortable advantage of 13-7.

In the seventh, Frostburg added four more runs to put the game seemingly out of reach as they scored on two hits and three Juniata errors, bringing the score to 17-7. Sophomore Drew Byer (Osbourn Park/Manassas, Va.) who then came into close things out for the Bobcats struggled to find the strike zone as many of the FSU pitchers did all afternoon, allowed four runs on four hits over two and two-thirds innings.

With the ten run lead down to six, the Bobcats turned to junior Chris McGarvey (Glendale/Fallentimber, Pa.) to come in and close out the day. McGarvey pitched two solid innings, but made things interesting allowing three unearned runs on one hit, striking out three as the Bobcat defense committed three errors behind him.

Starting pitcher, junior Brent Lutz (Central/Toms Brook, Va.) was tagged for three runs on no hits, one error, as he walked four batters, and threw two wild pitches. Sophomore Daryl Keys (Salem Central/Salem, N.Y. ), who received credit for the win (4-1), pitched three scoreless innings allowing three hits and struck out two. With the Bobcats up 9-3 freshman Matt Sillers (Pallotti/Columbia, Md.) came in to relieve Keys, but only pitched one-third of a inning allowing four runs on four hits, an error and a walk.

With difficult field conditions and a strict strike zone the two teams combined to make 16 errors, walk 13 and hit three, leading to 14 total unearned runs.

Turning to the positive side of things for the Bobcats, Sean Davis, who was named AMCC Player of the Week on Monday continued to shine as he went 3-4 including an inside-the-park-homerun in the fifth to centerfield. He drove in five, scored three times, stole two bases, was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice fly. Davis now leads the team in batting average (.435), hits (54), RBI (39), triples (5), total bases (85), hit by pitch (8, tied with Dave Sanchez), stolen bases (20, tied with Mark Teson) and sacrifice flies (4, tied with Ryan Hamerski).

The #2 seeded Bobcats will take their winning streak into this weekends Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament that begins Friday, May 2, 2003 as the Bobcats travel to Penn State Behrend and will play Pitt-Bradford in the first round at noon.

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