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Baseball Splits in Season-Opening Doubleheader Against Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Frostburg State split its 2006 season-opening doubleheader against Greensboro Saturday at War Memorial Stadium. FSU dropped game one, 7-1 but rebounded to take game two, 8-6.

In game one, GC took an early 1-0 lead when Brent Justice scored in the bottom of the first inning. The Bobcats would answer in the top of the second tying the ballgame when sophomore Art Brone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) scored following a run down between first and second.

Scoring two more runs in the home half of the third inning, Greensboro’s Zack Liles scored on a Bobcat error and Justice later scored on a Jeff Gregory single. In the fifth inning, the Pride scored four runs to take a 7-1 advantage. The most damage of the inning came on a three-run double by Jess Maloney.

Frostburg State starter, senior Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone), took the loss after going 4.1 innings allowing seven runs on three hits while striking out three. Terry Poholsky earned the virctory for GC striking out three and allowing three hits in three innings of work.

At the plate, the Bobcats were led by senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac), junior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and sophomore Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) who each recorded two hits.

In game two, GC got on the board first when Justice was doubled home by Pat Burgess. In the top of the second, Gitzen hit a homerun over the left-field fence, to even the score at 1-1.

FSU scored two runs in the third after a leadoff double by sophomore Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) and a single by Mahan. Both later scored on a Greensboro error giving Frostburg State a 3-1 advantage.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Pride rallied to score four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Maloney again provided the most damage with a two-run double to center. Greensboro added one run in the fourth to increase its lead to 6-3.

However, FSU would tie the game in the sixth inning. The rally started with a freshman Bryan Short (Ashburn, Va./Paul VI) leadoff single. After stealing second and advancing to third on a balk, Short scored on a Speights triple to center. Speights would later score on a wild pitch. Barone, who earned first base after being hit by a pitch, tied the game when he crossed homeplate on an error by the catcher.

With the score tied in the seventh, sophomore Allan Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled and later advanced to second on a base hit by senior Ryan Stevens (Dryden, N.Y./Dryden). Freshman Pat Hendricks (New Milford, Conn./New Milford), who entered the game as a pinch runner, scored the go-ahead run when Daddura singled to center. FSU took an 8-6 lead, when a Mahan single scored Stevens.

Sophomore John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) pitched 2.2 innings in relief allowing one hit and striking out three while earning the win. Brandon Jorth was saddled with the loss for GC after throwing two innings and allowing two runs on four hits.

Speights turned in a solid game with one hit, one run and three RBIs while Daddura and Mahan both had two hits, one run and one RBI.

FSU returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Christopher Newport for a doubleheader beginnning 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