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Penn State Behrend, Pitt-Bradford Advance to Winner's Bracket Final; Frostburg State Remains Alive With Win Over La Roche

FROSTBURG, Md. - No. 4 Pitt-Bradford defeated No. 1 Frostburg State 2-1 in the opening game, and No. 2 Penn State Behrend followed with a 16-5 victory over No. 3 La Roche in the 2005 AMCC Baseball Tournament Friday at Frostburg State's Bobcat Field.

FSU then remained alive in the loser's bracket with a 15-7 win over La Roche in the final contest of the afternoon.

Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford will meet in the winner's bracket final Saturday at 9 am, with the loser facing Frostburg State in an elimination contest at noon.

The first championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 3 pm, and the "if needed" second title contest is set for Sunday at 11 am.

Game One
#4 Pitt-Bradford 2, #1 Frostburg State 1

The fourth-seeded Panthers (23-13) knocked off the top-seeded Bobcats (28-12) 2-1 in the opening game of the 2005 AMCC Baseball Tournament Friday morning at Frostburg State's Bobcat Field.

Panther senior righthander Bobby Wyant was masterful, striking out 17, walking five and allowing just one unearned run on two hits in a nine-inning complete-game effort.

Bobcat junior southpaw Billye Hollister was dominant as well, giving up just two earned runs on nine hits while striking out seven and walking three in a complete game as well.

Both starters tossed scoreless innings over the first five frames before Pitt-Bradford plated two runs in the top of the sixth.

Ryan Snyder singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. FSU decided to intentionally walk slugging first baseman Matt Nobles to set up a possible double play, but Tanner Bechtel came through with a single to left.

Snyder was held at third on the hit but took off for home when the ball was bobbled in left field, a decision that led to near disaster for Pitt-Bradford. Snyder changed his mind halfway down the line when the throw came into the infield.

However, Nobles was running hard from first and wound up 10 feet from third as Snyder was caught up between third and home.

FSU missed a tag on Nobles and then went for Snyder, who avoided the tag and scored to give UPB a 1-0 lead.

Nobles wound up safely at third and Bechtel ended up at second, and Ron Heinrich followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Nobles and make it a 2-0 Panther advantage.

FSU had its best chance for a big inning in the eighth, loading the bases with no outs. After a strikeout, senior Chris Baugher plated a run with a fielder's choice to cut FSU's deficit to 2-1.

However, Wyant, who entered the game ranked third in the nation with 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings, held the Bobcats off with his 16th strikeout of the day and then retired the side in the ninth.

Both squads threatened in their initial at-bat but came up empty.

After Hollister fanned the first two batters of the game, Justin Schoening was hit by a pitch and Tim Lentz followed with an infield single.

Snyder then legged out a single to shortstop, but Schoening got caught in a rundown after taking a wide turn at third and was thrown at the plate after a hard collision with Baugher.

Both players remained on the ground for several minutes. Baugher stayed in the game, but Schoening left the field with an apparent leg injury.

Both teams also left two runners on in the fourth.

Bechtel finished 3-for-4, while Snyder was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Freshman Andrew Speights and senior Lance Williams each singled for FSU.

Game Two
#2 Penn State Behrend 16, #3 La Roche 5

The second-seeded Lions pounded out 15 hits and hurler Brian Binder allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings to pace the easy victory over the third-seeded Redhawks.

Penn State Behrend held a slight 5-3 lead before blowing the game open with five runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Rob Gargasz led the Lion attack, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brian Hart and Eddie George each had two hits and drove in two.

Nick Wendell went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Redhawks.

Game Three
#1 Frostburg State 15, #3 La Roche 7

The top-seeded Bobcats (29-12) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and held off a late charge from the third-seeded Redhawks (22-16) to claim a 15-7 win and remain alive in the loser's bracket.

FSU took advantage of three La Roche miscues to open its early 6-0 cushion, and senior righthander Dan Lindner held the Redhawks to just three hits over the first six innings before getting touched up for three runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run single by Ryan Unger.

The Bobcats quickly countered with four runs in the bottom of the frame with the help of three more Redhawk errors, and the offensive outburst continued in the eighth.

Lucas McCoy laced a two-run single in La Roche's four-run eighth that cut the FSU lead to 10-7, but the Bobcats answered again, scoring five times in the home portion of the inning to put the final touches on the victory.

Freshman Allen Peake drilled a solo homer to lead off the inning, and that blast sparked the Bobcats to four straight singles followed by a two-run triple by sophomore Todd Holmes.

Junior Collin Bednar, who ended the La Roche eighth with a strikeout, then fanned the side in the ninth to seal the win.

Lindner picked up the victory after allowing eight hits and three earned runs over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked three.

Freshman Jayson Vaughn, who handed FSU its lone league loss of the regular season, was touched for six runs -- but just two earned -- on four hits in six innings of work.

FSU's top five hitters combined to go 11-for-22. Sophomore Mike Gitzen was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two RBIs, senior Lance Williams was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Holmes was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a 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