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Gitzen Singles Home Game Winner; Baseball Downs Shenandoah 6-5 in 11 Innings

FROSTBURG, Md. - Senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to carry Frostburg State past Shenandoah 6-5 in non-conference baseball action, Thursday afternoon.

FSU (17-11) junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) led off the 11th with a double to left field and advanced to third base when classmate Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) singled to left. Gitzen then recorded his only RBI of the afternoon, sending Mitchell home with a single down the left field line.

The Bobcats had two earlier chances to win the game with the bases loaded with one out in both the ninth and tenth innings. However, FSU failed to plate any runs until Gitzen came through in the 11th.

Freshman Joe Garrity (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) earned the win for the Bobcats after pitching the final 3.2 innings and allowing just three hits. Daniel Bowers suffered the loss for the Hornets (22-14) pitching just 1.2 innings and allowing three hits and one run.

Mitchell led FSU at the plate going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and classmate Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Gitzen was 2-for-6 with that one RBI.

Shenandoah grabbed the early lead after scoring a run in the top of the first inning on RBI ground out. Two innings later, SU scored again to make it 2-0.

Frostburg State got on the board in third when Mitchell doubled to right field and scored when Burke singled to right.

FSU took its first lead of the game, 3-2, after scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) led off the inning with his fourth homerun of the season and senior Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) scored on a passed ball.

Both teams scored a single run in the sixth and Shenandoah moved ahead 5-4 with two runs in the eighth.

The Bobcats tied the ballgame in the bottom of the eighth when Speights, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, scored when Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) doubled down the right field line.

Gitzen had a chance to win the game for the hosts in the ninth when he stepped to the plate with just one out. However, his slow roller in front of the plate allowed the SU’s catcher to grab the ball, step on home and throw to first for the final two outs.

In the tenth, FSU loaded the bags again but a force out at home plate and a line out to the right fielder ended the threat.

FSU returns to the field on Saturday when it hosts Medaille for a doubleheader 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