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Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From SUNY-Old Westbury

STEVENSON, MD - The Frostburg State baseball team continued its current six-game winning streak as they swept a doubleheader from SUNY-Old Westbury Sunday afternoon at Joe Cannon Stadium. Led by junior Chris Baugher (Frederick, Md./Brunswick) and the depth of their bullpen, the Bobcats were able to come from behind in both games to earn their fifth and sixth victories of the young season.

The two wins now give Head Coach Chris McKnight 100 in his four-year career at Frostburg State University. McKnight now has an overall record of 100-61-1 at Frostburg State which ranks him second in all-time victories behind Bob Wells 600 wins in 29 seasons.

In game one, senior Dan Sidorowicz (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) came out on fire as he struck out the first five batters he saw. Offensively the Bobcats couldn’t take advantage as they filled the bags with one out in the bottom of the first and failed to bring home a runner. However, FSU was able to take a slim 1-0 lead in the second as sophomore Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) double to right field, bringing home Baugher.

Old Westbury responded quickly with four runs in the top of the third on a pair of two-run doubles by Manny Ruiz and Joe Nuzzolese. The Panthers added another run in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead before the Bobcats began their comeback.

In the fourth inning Baugher hit a line drive solo-homerun to left field cutting the lead to 5-2. In the fifth inning Frostburg State took the lead scoring four runs, all with two outs. Baugher again came up with the key hit by smashing a two-run single into left field.

With a small 6-5 lead, the Bobcats added an insurance run in the sixth as senior Sean Davis (Olney, Md./Sherwood) scored on a wild pitch. The run would prove to be the game-winner as the Panthers scored a run in the seventh off sophomore Jimmy Hardy (Myersville, Md./Middletown) but senior Chris McGarvey (Fallentimber, Pa./Glendale) came in to earn the save retiring the final batter. In his last two appearances McGarvey has a win and a save while only facing two batters and throwing three total pitches.

Junior Andrew Byer (Manassas, Va./Osbourn Park), who replace Sidorowicz in the fourth inning, earned his first win of the season going two and a third innings giving up only two hits. McGarvey and Hardy combined to close out the seventh inning as Hardy got the first two hitters but then gave up a run on three straight hits before McGarvey closed out the game.

In the second game, Old Westbury and FSU exchanged runs early as each team held a one-run lead in the first three innings. In the top of the first the Panthers scored one on an RBI single by Tommy Karn. FSU responded with one of its own in the bottom half of the inning as junior Scott Feller (Boca Rotan, Fla./American Heritage) drove in his team high 11th RBI on the season on a groundout to the right side of the infield.

In the second inning, Old Westbury scored another run on a triple by Darly Alcantara. The Bobcats then took the lead for good in the bottom of the second as they scored two runs on one hit. A costly error and a wild pitch plated two Bobcat base runners.

Starting pitcher senior Brent Lutz (Toms Brook, Va./Central), who was credited with the win, went three and a third innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six. Lutz was able to get himself out of a few difficult situations as the Panthers stranded six runners in his three plus innings.

The score remained 3-2 until the Bobcats added two more in the fifth and another in the sixth. In the fifth, senior Justin Wilt (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) hit his third homerun of the year with senior Ryan Hamerski (Olney, Md./Sherwood) on first. In the sixth, FSU scored on yet another Panthers wild pitch.

With a 6-2 lead Frostburg State turned the ball over to freshman Frank Sutton (Clarksburg, W.Va./Robert C. Byrd), who threw one and two-thirds innings not allowing a hit, and freshman Collin Bednar (Millersville, Md./Glen Burnie), who earned his first save of the season going two innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out four.

The Bobcats will look to extend their winning streak when they travel to Shenandoah College on Tuesday March 9, 2004 beginning at 3:00 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