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Bobcats Split with Indiana (Pa.) to Close Regular Season

Frostburg, Md. ... Sophomore Pete D'Amour doubled twice and drove in a career-high six runs, and junior Ryan Raley allowed just four hits in a complete-game effort to lead Frostburg State to an 8-1 win over Division II Indiana (Pa.) in game one of a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

The Indians used an 11-hit attack to take the nightcap, 8-4.

Frostburg State (25-15) now awaits a possible bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Region Championship to be held May 11-13.

In game one, the Bobcats (25-15) opened the scoring in the second inning on a two-run double by D'Amour. FSU took a 4-0 lead in the third when D'Amour hit a sacrifice fly and senior Tom Shaffer, playing in his final home game, reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.

Indiana (15-25-1) got on the board in the fourth on Eric McNeil's RBI-triple, but the Bobcats put the game out of reach with a four-run fifth.

Freshman Scott Feller led off with an infield single, and, one out later, Shaffer was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Jake Mannon then reached on an error to load the bases before D'Amour followed with a three-run double down the left field line.

D'Amour moved to third on another IUP error and later scored on sophomore Dave Sanchez's sacrifice fly.

Raley (4-2) scattered four hits and allowed just one run in his first complete game of the year. He struck out six and walked three.

The FSU offense continued to click early in game two as the Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

With two outs, Feller singled up the middle and junior Steve Simpson launched his fifth home run of the year over the right field fence. Shaffer followed with a solo shot to center in the next at-bat to give the Bobcats the early cushion.

The Indians cut into the lead with two runs in the third on McNeil's two-run single and went ahead for good with a four-run fourth.

Chris Firmstone smacked a three-run triple down the right field line and Tim Kula followed with a RBI-single to put IUP in front, 6-3.

The Indians added two more runs in the fifth when Kris Firestone laced a RBI-single and Jeff Prihode was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Feller capped the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh.

Mark Hazlett picked up the win in relief for the Indians, while Bobcat junior Darron Jones (6-4) suffered the loss after allowing six runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

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