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Baseball Splits Twinbill With St. Joseph’s (NY); Seven-Game Winning Streak Ends

STAFFORD, Va. — Frostburg State split a non-conference twinbill with St. Joseph’s (NY) Saturday and had its seven-game winning streak end. FSU took game one 2-1 but lost the night cap 6-4.

In the opener, the two squads combined for just six hits and both starting pitchers tossed complete games allowing just three hits each. Freshman Aaron Main (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) got the start for FSU (7-5), earning his second win of the season allowing just one run while striking out a season-high 12 batters. Frank D'Aversa took the loss for SJC giving up two runs while fanning three.

Senior Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) and juniors Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) and Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) were all 1-for-3 to lead the Bobcats at the plate.

FSU got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second. Peake led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a bunt single by Holmes and then scored on a throwing error by the St. Joseph’s infield.

Freshman Andrew Derr (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) scored the only other Frostburg State run in the third. He led of the inning with walk and then stole second base. He took third base on an infield error and then scored on a Speights single to centerfield.

The Golden Eagles scored their only run of the contest in the top of the sixth.

In the second game, St. Joseph’s rallied from a 3-0 deficit with a four-run fourth before going on for a 6-4 win.

Zack Keckley earned the win for SJC tossing 4.0 innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out four. Junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) suffered his first loss of the spring pitching 4.0 innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

Derr and Speights scored two runs in the first courtesy of SJC errors and in the third senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Peake for a 3-0 Bobcat lead.

However, in the top of the fourth St. Joseph’s plated four runs to take a 4-3 advantage. The score would remain that way until the Golden Eagles scored two runs in the top of the seventh.

In the bottom half of the inning, Frostburg State threatened when Gitzen homered to narrow the score to 6-4. However, SJC relief pitcher Greg Walter entered the game with two outs and struckout Peake to end the game.

Gitzen led FSU going 2-for-3 with a homerun and two runs scored.

FSU returns to the field tomorrow when it plays St. Joseph’s in a doubleheader at 11:00 am.

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