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MCLA Defeats Baseball 6-5

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Steve Sullivan drove in what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning to guide Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to a 6-5 win over Frostburg State, Saturday morning in non-conference baseball action in Port Charlotte, Fla.

It was the first game for FSU (9-7) on its annual spring break trip after yesterday’s game against Rowan was cancelled due to heavy rain.

The Bobcats opened a quick 2-0 lead over the Trailblazers after plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) doubled off the left field fence and junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) followed with a single to right field. Speights then stole second base to move into scoring scoring position. Two batters later, junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) singled home both Gitzen and Speights to give Frostburg State the early lead.

MCLA rebounded with four runs in the top of the second to assume a 4-2 lead. Darren Jefferson fueled the inning with a two-run double followed by a run scored.

Speights knocked in the first of two Bobcat runs in the third as they tied the game at 4-4. Junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) led off the third with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on an error by the MCLA shortstop. Speights then grounded out to the shortstop, scoring Burke. Gitzen, who reached first on the error, later scored on a wild pitch for the second run of the inning.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh when FSU moved ahead 5-4. Gitzen reached base and advanced to second on the third MCLA error of the game and later scored when Speights doubled down the left field line.

The Trailblazers tied the game in the eighth and plated one run in the top of the ninth for the 6-5 edge. Anthony Russo got things going, reaching first after being hit by a pitch. Anthony Bruno doubled to right moving Russo to third and Sullivan singled to left scoring Russo for the game-winning RBI.

Burke, who started the game in center field for the Bobcats, suffered the loss after tossing the final 1.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits. Freshman starter Aaron Main (Brunswick, Md./Brunswick) pitched 7.1 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

Speights was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored while Gitzen was 1-for-5 with three runs scored. Peake was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

FSU returns to action tomorrow when it faces Western New England at 9:00 am in Port Charlotte.

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