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Baseball Splits a Pair of One-Run Games at St. Mary's

St. Mary's City, MD - Early morning cold weather took its toll as it cooled the Bobcat bats in a 1-0 loss the first game, however, the pitching staff continued its dominance with a 3-2 win to earn a split at St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon. Frostburg State, (15-7-1) who had scored 55 runs in its previous four games, had to make a last at-bat comeback to earn the split in a pair of one-run games.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Bobcats rallied down 2-1 in the top of the seventh to earn the 3-2 victory. Following the disappointing loss in the first game, St. Mary’s took a first inning two-run lead as they scored two unearned runs off of starting pitcher, senior Juan Aznar (Liberty/Marriotsville, Md.). Aznar only lasted two-thirds of an inning as he gave up the two runs on two hits, one walk, one hit-batter and one error.

Junior Chris McGarvey (Glendale/Fallentimber, Pa.)(1-1) replaced Aznar and provided the Bobcats with one of his best performances in his career. McGarvey went six and one-thirds innings giving up no runs, scattering five hits, striking out eight and walking only one. However, the Bobcats could not warm up the bats that had scored 55 runs in the past four games and were averaging over seven and a half runs a game.

Headed into the top of the seventh the Bobcats turned to their power on the bench following a junior Taylor Dixon (Robinson/Fairfax, Va.) lead off single. Junior Charles Jackson (Chesapeake/Baltimore, Md.) pinch-hit for senior Bobby Farmer (Montgomery C.C./Rockville, Md.) and was able to advance Dixon into scoring position.

Junior Eric Edleman (Sherwood/Silver Spring, Md.) then provided the game-tying single as he slapped a 2-2 pitch down the rightfield line scoring Dixon. Edleman advanced to second as Dixon and Seahawk catcher, Zach Adams collided at the plate. Junior Kevin Rominik (Millville/Millville, N.J.) was sent in to pinch-run for Edleman and at the plate junior Justin Wilt (Brunswick/Brunswick, Md.) pinch-hit for senior Tim Wilkins (Mervo/Baltimore, Md.). Wilt again came through as a pinch-hitter as he singled to center, scoring Rominik for Frostburg State’s first lead on the day.

The single for Wilt extends his hitting streak to four straight games in which he has appeared, all as a pinch-hitter/replacement. With the Bobcats finally protecting a lead, McGarvey continued to dominate as he shut down St. Mary’s after he gave up a led off single. With a runner on he struck out the next two batters and finished off the Seahawks on a taper back to the mound.

In the first game, the Bobcats could not string together enough hits to cross a runner and take control of a game that was theirs for the taking. St. Mary’s only run came all with two outs as freshman starter Mike Tiller (Potomac/Dumfries, Va.) walked Chris Segal, who then stole second following a pick-off attempt were the ball clearly beat the player to the bag, but the umpire explained the runner delayed his arm and got around the tag.

The very next pitch was sent to centerfield were senior Mark Teson (Shaker/Latham, N.Y.) came up throwing and gave senior Jake Mannon (Lenape/Southampton, N.J.) a decent shot to cut the runner down. However, Mannon could not handle the throw and St. Mary’s took the 1-0 lead.

Frostburg State of course did have their chances. In the first Teson led the game off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs, but was left stranded.

In the second, Mannon led off the inning with a single but was caught stealing on a attempted hit and run. In the third, senior Dave Sanchez (Urbana/Buckeystown, Md.) singled with one out and was left stranded there. In the sixth junior Sean Davis (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) doubled with one out and moved to third on a Dixon groundout.

With two outs Davis got a great read on the pitcher and attempted to steal home, were the homeplate umpire called him out when it appeared Davis slide under the tag and was safe.

In the Bobcats final at-bat they again provided some excitement as with one out Mannon and junior Ryan Hamerski (Sherwood/Olney, Md.) both singled. For Mannon it was his third hit of the day. Junior David Lydon (McDonough/White Plains, Md.) replaced Hamerski on the bases and Edleman replaced Farmer at the plate.

Mannon and Lydon moved to second and third as Edleman grounded out to shortstop. Down one run, with two-outs and two runners in scoring position Wilkins smashed a ball up the middle that the pitcher was able to knock down. The ball settled about a foot from the mound and St. Mary’s closed out the 1-0 shutout.

For Mike Tiller it was his third loss of the season in four starts, yet again he pitched in dominating fashion as he has in all four appearances. In his first appearance he was on the wrong end of a 2-0 decision against Western Connecticut at the Chowan Tournament. His second appeareance ended in a 2-2 tie after six innings at Eastern Mennonite in which the Bobcats were threatening in the seventh.

His third start came against Emory were he gave up 8 runs, however only 3 of them earned. The Bobcats dropped that game 10-6. Saturday against St. Mary’s, his four start was the same story as he went six strong innings allowing only one run on five hits, striking out three, two of them with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth and one out.

On the day, Mannon led the Bobcats with three hits in the first game and Dixon’s two hits in the second game. The pitching staff however shined as they combined to go 13 innings, allowing one earned run on 13 hits, while striking out 11.

The Bobcats will conclude a weekend in which it will have played 8 varsity (and two junior varsity) games in five days on Sunday as they host another AMCC opponent in Pitt-Bradford starting at 1:00 pm.

Game One:
Frostburg State - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 6 2
St. Mary's - 0 0 1 0 0 0 x - 1 6 0
WP: Bailey LP: Tiller

Game Two:
Frostburg State - 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 - 3 7 3
St. Mary's - 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 7 0
WP: McGarvey LP: Boarman

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