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Frostburg State, La Roche Advance to Winner’s Bracket Final; Penn State Behrend Stayed Alive After Defeating Pitt-Bradford

FROSTBURG, Md. — No. 1 Frostburg State downed No. 4 Penn State Behrend 8-7 in the opening game and No. 3 La Roche defeated No. 2 Pitt-Bradford 10-2 in the second contest of the 2006 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament Friday at FSU’s Bob Wells Field. In the third game of the day, PSB advanced to day two after knocking off UPB 5-3.

Frostburg State and La Roche will meet in the winner's bracket final Saturday morning at 9:00 am, with the loser facing Penn State Behrend in an elimination contest at noon.

The first championship game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm, and the "if needed" second title contest is set for Sunday morning at 12:00 noon.

Game One
#1 Frostburg State 8, #4 Penn State Behrend 7
Top-seeded FSU (25-11) defeated fourth-seeded PSB (27-15-1) 8-7 in the opening game of the 2006 AMCC Baseball Tournament.

The Bobcats rallied from a 6-1 deficit to earn the earn the win against the Lions.

The Bobcats opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the first inning when sophomore Jordan Crystal (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (Monmouth)) doubled home junior Chris Jones (Baltimore, Md./Towson).

The Lions took a 6-1 lead in top of the second on RBIs from Andrew McNelly, Brian Hart, Tim Nebel, Shane Scott and Shane Elzer. FSU narrowed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the second. Jones doubled home freshman Bryan Short (Ashburn, Va./Paul VI) and he and senior Kyle Mahan (Woodbridge, Va./Potomac) later scored on a fielder's choice.

After holding the Lions scoreless in the top of the third, Frostburg State tied the game in the home half of the inning. Jones and Mahan powered the inning with RBI singles.

The game remained tied until the sixth when the Bobcats took a 7-6 lead. Freshman Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled and eventually scored on a single from junior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls). FSU tacked on a run in the seventh when Mahan singled home sophomore Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford).

PSB made the score 8-7 in the top of the eighth when Elzer singled home Nebel. However, FSU sophomore reliever John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) struckout the side in the top of the ninth to seal the win.

Senior starter Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) tossed 8.0 innings allowing seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits while striking out four. He picked up his ninth win of the season while Micklus earned his first save of the spring. PSB’s Ben Cain suffered the loss pitching 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Jones powered the Bobcats at the plate going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, while Mahan also went 2-for-4 with two runs and one RBI.

Game Two
#3 La Roche 10, #2 Pitt-Bradford 2
The third-seeded Redhawks pounded out 14 hits and starter Jeff Butterworth allowed just one earned run on three hits while striking out 10 to upset the second-seeded Panthers.

La Roche opened the game with a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Michael Hanck powered the inning with a two-run bomb over the left-field fence.

UPB narrowed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the second. Brandon LaBrozzi tripled home Justin Schoening, and scored on the same play, after an error by La Roche.

La Roche took a 6-2 lead in the fourth when Lucas McCoy smacked a two-run single to left field. Ryan Unger scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch. LAR would put the game away in the sixth, tacking on four more runs to take a 10-2 advantage. McCoy, Darin Sharek, Nick Wendell and Eric McCombie all recorded RBIs during the outburst.

Butterworth earned the win for La Roche pitching a complete game allowing just three hits. Jesse Yano took the loss for the Panthers, giving up six runs on seven hits in just 3.2 innings.

McCoy led the Redhawks, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs, two runs scored and a double. LaBrozzi led UPB going 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Game Three
#4 Penn State Behrend 5, #2 Pitt-Bradford, 3
Fourth-seeded Penn State Behrend (28-15-1) took a 4-3 lead in the fourth and added an insurance run in the eighth to eliminate second-seeded Pitt-Bradford (24-15) in the final game on day one of the AMCC Tournament. With the win, PSB will face the loser of the FSU/LAR game at noon on Saturday.

PSB opened the game with a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Brian Hart scored on a fielder’s choice. UPB answered in the second, taking a 2-1 lead on a two-run triple by Jon Callahan.

The Lions tied the game in the top of the fourth, when Gabe Stephenson and David Miller scored on a Bradford error. Penn State Behrend took the lead two batters later when Brent Sullivan singled home Ed George.

In the eighth, Miller scored on a sacrifice fly to seal the game for PSB.

Lion starter Chris McCartney threw 9.0 innings allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six. Tanner Bechtel earned the loss for the Panthers, lasting 7.0 innings giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits. Miller led the Lions at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and a double.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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Fax: 301-687-4780