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Baseball Loses to Elmhurst

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Frostburg State baseball team lost to Elmhurst 13-9 Monday afternoon in the Port Charlotte Invitational Tournament.

Elmhurst opened a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Brian Mucha scored on a Brian Bergfeld ground out. Two baters later, Kevin Brandush smacked a two-run home run to center field.

FSU (6-8) cut its deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the third. Sophomore Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson) led off the inning with a double down the right field line and later scored on a throwing error. Freshman Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) reached base on a throwing error by the third baseman which allowed sophomore Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac) to score.

In the fourth inning, Elmhurst added to its lead on a Dan Bocian RBI-single to left field. Dominic Demma further extended the Bluejay advantage to 5-2 with an RBI-double in the fifth inning. Elmhurst added three more runs in the sixth to take an 8-2 advantage.

The Bobcats scored twice in the bottom of the sixth when senior Lance Williams (Herndon, Va./W.T. Woodson) singled to right field scoring sophomore Todd Holmes (Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry). Later in the inning, sophomore Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) scored junior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) with a single to left field closing the deficit to 8-4.

In the eighth inning, Elmhurst halted FSU's momentum, scoring three runs on two Bobcat errors. Middle relief pitcher Pat Moore also added to the inning with two RBIs on a single to right center to push the Bluejay lead to 13-4.

The Bobcats rebounded in the bottom of the eighth with a five-run inning of their own. Mahan and freshman Arthur Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley Barone) got it started with a pair of RBI-singles and Gitzen capped the inning with a three-run double to right center to close the gap to 13-9.

Both teams went hitless and scoreless in the ninth inning to close out the game.

Mathis got the win for Elmhurst, pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits. Senior starter Daryl Keys (Salem, N.Y./Salem) suffered the loss for the Bobcats, allowing four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.

Gitzen led FSU with two hits, four RBIs and one run scored, while Bergfeld led the Bluejays with four RBIs on two hits.

The Bobcats return to action Wednesday when they face St. Norbert at 10:30 am and Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 1:30 pm.

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