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Hollister, Peake Lead #7 Frostburg St. To 6-2 Win Over #2 Montclair St.

BOYERTOWN, Pa. — Senior Billye Hollister (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) surrendered just one run in 5.2 innings to pick up his 10th win of the season, and sophomore Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) knocked in classmate Art Barone (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y./Spring Valley) three times to lead seventh-seeded Frostburg State to a 6-2 upset win over No. 2 Montclair State Wednesday afternoon in game two of the 2006 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Baseball Regional at Bear Stadium.

The win marks the first-ever NCAA Tournament Regional victory for the Bobcats who were 0-4 heading into this afternoon’s game.

FSU will face the winner of the No. 6 Alvernia/No. 3 Kean game on Thursday at 1:00 pm. MSU will face the loser of Alvernia/Kean in the first elimination game of the tournament on Thursday at 9:30 am.

Hollister walked Michael Nunes to open the home half of the first and Robert Clark knocked him in with a two-out single to left. With runners at the corners, Hollister limited the damage picking Clark off at first to end the inning.

The visiting Bobcats quickly got the run back in the top of the second inning. Barone, who scored half of FSU’s runs, doubled to open the inning and scored on a Peake single to the left center gap. Red Hawk starter Michael Vicarro struckout Bryan Short for the second out of the inning and got a fly ball to center to strand a pair.

Hollister allowed just two Red Hawk baserunners over the next three innings as the Bobcats built their lead. A walk and four hits in the fourth led to three runs for FSU as it built a 4-1 lead after four. Barone started things with the free pass and following a sacrifice bunt, three-straight singles and a sacrifice fly plated three runs.

The Bobcats pushed their lead to 5-1 with a single run in the fifth inning. Barone walked with one out, took second on a sophomore Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) single to right, third on a walk, and scored his third run of the day when Peake smacked a single to center.

Hollister surrendered an unearned run in the sixth inning, his final inning of work. Danny Rodriguez hit a fly ball that the outfield was unable to handle. He then moved up to second on a single and scored when Clark singled to left. Hollister nearly ended the inning with a fielder’s choice ground ball, but instead was pulled for sophomore John Micklus (La Plata, Md./McDonough) with two on and two out. Micklus brought the tying run to the plate with a walk, but ended the Montclair threat with a strikeout.

A brief rainstorm led to a 27-minute delay with one on and one out in the top of the sixth. MSU reliever Kevin Dalton, who got one out before the rains came, gave up a single to Mahan on the first pitch after the delay, and junior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) followed with a sac fly to right for a 6-2 FSU lead.

Micklus worked around a one out walk in the seventh and stranded a pair of MSU runners in the eighth. MSU sophomore Kevin Cuozzi opened the ninth with a bunt base hit and moved up on a walk. A line out to right preceded another walk and MSU had the tying run back at the plate with one out. Rob Bowness lifted a fly ball to left, but it was not deep enough to score the run and Micklus struck out Clark to end the ballgame.

Micklus picked up his third save of the spring after allowing just two hits over 3.1 innings of work. Barone was 2-for-3 with three runs scored while Peake was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and one run scored.

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