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Baseball Swept by #7 Ranked North Carolina Wesleyan in Season Opener

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — The Frostburg State baseball team was swept by No. 7 ranked North Carolina Wesleyan in its season opening doubleheader, Sunday.

FSU (0-2) dropped game one 2-0 and lost game two by the score of 3-0.

Bishop starter Blake Rice tossed a complete game no-hitter in the opener to earn the win for NC Wesleyan. He struckout seven and walked just two in his first outing of the season. Bobcat starter junior John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) was equally impressive allowing just one hit in 3.1 innings of work. He did however, walk four batters and allow two runs, none earned.

In the fourth, Chris Pecora led off with a walk and later stole second and third. After a walk put Matt Smith on first, a double-steal of second and home allowed Pecora to give NCWC a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, a two-out error scored Smith for a 2-0 lead despite no hits in the inning.

Micklus suffered the loss for FSU and sophomore Scott Eastment (Warrenton, Va./Paul VI (Georgetown)) pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing a hit and striking out one.

In game two, Wesleyan scored three runs on nine hits and held the Bobcats scoreless on just three hits to earn the victory. Freshman Aaron Main (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) lasted 4.1 innings in his first collegiate start, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs, one earned. Kyle Robertson earned the win for the Bishops tossing 6.1 innings, striking out four and allowing all three FSU hits.

NCWC got on the board in the first inning. With two outs, Smith walked, advanced to third on a Mark Wooten single and scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 lead.

NC Wesleyan added two insurance runs in the fifth for a 3-0 edge. Wooten doubled home Wes Means and Smith for the final runs of the contest.

Frostburg State threatened in the sixth when sophomore Bryan Short (Ashburn, Va./Paul VI) reached base after being hit by a pitch. After stealing second, Short advanced to third when junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) singled to center. However, Short was thrown out at home to end the inning.

Short, Burke and junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) recorded the only hits for the Bobcats in the nightcap.

Burke also pitched 0.2 innings allowing one run on one hit while fanning one. Junior Frank Sutton (Clarksburg, W.Va./Robert Byrd) tossed the final inning of game two allowing one hit.

FSU returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Greensboro for a doubleheader on Saturday at noon and a single nine-inning game on Sunday at 1:00 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