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Baseball Splits Pair on Opening Day

MURFREESBORO, N.C. — Frostburg State opened its 2003 season by splitting a pair of games at the Chowan (N.C.) Invitational Friday. The Bobcats defeated Apprentice, 9-4, in their opener before falling to Western Connecticut State, 2-0, later in the day.

In game one, junior Brent Lutz (Toms Brook, Va./Central), a transfer from Potomac State (W.Va.) College, scattered six hits and struck out nine in his Bobcat debut to help fuel the victory. Lutz allowed just one run and walked one in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Frostburg State (1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI-double by junior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and a run-scoring single by senior Bobby Farmer (Rockville, Md./Wheaton).

Apprentice (3-3) cut its deficit in half with a run in the fourth before the Bobcats blew the game open with a five-run fifth.

Senior Mark Teson (Latham, N.Y./Shaker) doubled to start the inning, moved to third on a single by senior Tim Wilkins (Baltimore, Md./Mervo) and scored on a fielder's choice by junior Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood).

Sophomore Scott Feller (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage) then laced a two-run double and later scored on a double by freshman Taylor Dixon (Fairfax, Va./Robinson). Farmer capped the rally with a sacrifice fly to drive in Dixon.

Teson gave the Bobcats an 8-1 advantage in the sixth by walking, stealing both second and third and scoring on a wild pitch.

Dixon ended FSU's scoring in the seventh when he reached on an error and later came home on a squeeze by Farmer.

Farmer went 2-for-3 with a single, a double and three RBI, while Teson was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

In game two, the Bobcats were held to four singles by Western Connecticut State senior ace Carl Rivers. The lefty tossed a complete game with four strikeouts and one walk.

The Colonials (1-0), who advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament last season, pushed across single runs in the fifth and sixth innings off FSU freshman starter Mike Tiller (Dumfries, Va./Potomac).

Tiller allowed two earned runs and struck out three in 5 1/3 innings in his collegiate debut.

Dixon, Hamerski, Farmer and senior Dave Sanchez (Buckeystown, Md./Urbana) all singled for the Bobcats, who never got a runner to second base.

"I thought we played well for our first day on the field," said fourth-year FSU head coach Chris McKnight. "Lutz threw a strong game and we hit the ball well in the opener, and we put together a solid effort against Western Connecticut."

The Bobcats will face Chowan tomorrow at 2:30 pm and will then play Sunday at either 10:30 am or 1:30 pm. Chowan defeated Apprentice, 8-5, in Friday's other game.

Game One
Frostburg State (1-0)	0 2 0	0 5 1	1  -  9  9  3
Apprentice (3-2)	         0 0 0 	1 0 0 	3  -  4  9  2

WP: Lutz (1-0)  5.2 IP, 6H, 1ER, 9K, 1BB
HR: None

Game Two
Frostburg State (1-1)	0 0 0	0 0 0 	0  -  0  4  0
W. Conn. State (1-0)	0 0 0	0 1 1 	x  -  2  7  1

WP: Rivers (1-0)  7.0 IP, 4H, 0ER, 4K, 1BB
LP: Tiller (0-1)  5.1 IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K, 0BB

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