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Main Wins Fourth Straight; Baseball Splits With Lake Erie

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Freshman pitcher Aaron Main (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick)won his fourth-straight game to help Frostburg State to a split against Lake Erie in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference baseball action, Saturday at Classic Park.

FSU (14-9, 3-1) captured game one 5-1 but fell in the second contest 7-6 in 11 innings.

Main pitched all 7.0 innings in the opener, improving his record to 4-2 on the year. He allowed just five hits and one run while striking out four. Mark McAlpine took the loss for the Storm allowing six hits and five runs in 6.1 innings.

Frostburg State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Junior Brian Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) led off the inning with a walk and later stole second. After being moved to third on a single, he crossed the plate on a sac fly by junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point).

The Bobcats added to their lead with back-to-back one run innings in the fifth and sixth. Junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) got things started in the fifth with a walk. He stole second and later scored when senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) doubled to right. In the sixth, senior Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) pushed the FSU lead 3-0 when a solo homerun to right center, his first of the season.

LEC scored its only run in the bottom of the sixth to narrow the score to 3-1, but FSU put the game away with two runs in the top of the seventh. Mitchell again got the inning going with a double to left field. Burke then singled through the right side allowing Mitchell to cross the plate. Burke later scored the final run on an error by the Storm catcher.

Burke was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, Mitchell was 2-for-2 with two runs and Webb 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

In the second contest, LEC scored three runs in the bottom of the 11th inning as it rallied from a 6-4 deficit to earn the win.

Just like in the opener, FSU scored one run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Burke led off the game with a single. After stealing second, he advanced to third on an error and scored when Gitzen grounded out to the shortstop.

FSU took a 3-0 lead after plating single runs in the fourth and sixth. Webb singled to center in the fourth and later scored when senior Todd Holmes doubled to right while in the sixth, Speights hit his second homerun of the season over the right field fence.

Lake Erie tied the game in the seventh on a two-run single from Brad Crail and on RBI from Bill Sweet. With two outs, Bob White reached on an error and later scored when Sweet singled. Two batters later, Crail scored Bayer and John Walker to send the game into extra frames.

After the teams exchanged runs in the eighth, neither could break the deadlock until Frostburg State took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 11th. Junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled and Holmes and senior Art Barone reached on back-to-back walks to load the bases. After Peake was caught trying to steal home, Holmes moved to third and Barone went to second setting up the go ahead runs. The next batter, junior Joe Daddura (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall), singled to right allowing both base runners to score.

In the home half of the inning, Crail again singled home two runs for the Storm. With two outs and runners on second and third Crail tied the game and advanced to second with a two-run single. Steve Walczak then singled to left scoring Crail to give the hosts the victory.

Sophomore Kyle Timme (Pasadena, Md./Mt. St. Joseph's) ended up with the loss for the Bobcats after allowing Walczak’s game-winning RBI single. Timme tossed just 0.1 innings allowing two hits and one earned run. Meanwhile, Walczak earned the win on the mound after pitching the final 0.2 innings and giving up one run on one hit. Sophomore Scott Eastment (Warrenton, Va./Paul VI (Georgetown)) started for FSU but didn’t factor in the decision after throwing 7.0 innings and holding the Storm to just one earned run on eight hits.

Speights was 2-for-5 with two runs and an RBI, Webb was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI and Daddura was 1-for-5 five two RBIs.

FSU returns to the field on Tuesday when it travels to Penn State Altoona 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