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Pitt-Bradford, Penn State Behrend to Play for AMCC Title

FROSTBURG, Md. - No. 4 Pitt-Bradford held off No. 2 Penn State Behrend 10-9 in the winner's bracket final, and Penn State Behrend followed with an 8-1 win over No. 1 Frostburg State to eliminate the host Bobcats and move into the championship round in AMCC Baseball Tournament action Saturday at Bobcat Field.

Pitt-Bradford and Penn State Behrend will now square off Sunday for the AMCC title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The first championship game is set for 10 am. Should Penn State Behrend win, it would force an "if-needed" second contest to follow shortly thereafter.

Game Four
#4 Pitt-Bradford 10, #2 Penn State Behrend 9

After riding the right arm of Bobby Wyant in its 2-1 win over Frostburg State in the tournament's first game Friday, the Panthers (25-12) turned to their offense to spark the narrow victory over the Lions (25-15).

The fireworks began early, as both squads scored a pair of runs in the first inning.

Ken Vogt laced a two-out, two-run single for the Panthers in the top of the opening frame, but the Lions countered in their first opportunity, taking advantage of three UPB errors to quickly tie the game.

Pitt-Bradford tacked on four more runs with two outs in the second. Ryan Snyder smacked an RBI single and, after a Penn State Behrend pitching change, Tim Lentz drilled a three-run homer to give the Panthers a 6-2 advantage.

Behrend wasted no time cutting into its deficit, rallying for three runs in the bottom of the second to close to within 6-5. Gabe Stephenson doubled in a run and Brent Sullivan and Vince Canzano added RBI singles.

Ron Heinrich increased Pitt-Bradford's lead to 7-5 with an RBI ground out in the third before the squads went scoreless over the next two and half innings.

Both teams' bats came alive again in the sixth. UPB opened a 10-5 cushion thanks to run-scoring singles by Shawn Manning, Lentz and Ken Vogt, but PSB came back once again.

The Lions tallied four runs in the home half of the inning to again pull to within one.

Greg Samson led off the rally with a pinch-hit home run, and Shane Elzer drilled a bases-loaded triple to left center to make it a 10-9 contest.

Penn State Behrend had the tying run on in each of the final two innings but could not capitalize.

Michael Stetz singled with one out in the eighth but was thrown out trying to steal second. Then in the ninth, Luke Forrest drew a two-out walk and moved to second on passed ball before Jake Wells got a strike out and ground out to seal the victory for Pitt-Bradford.

Chad Yohe picked up the win in relief for the Panthers, allowing five runs on eight hits in four innings of work. Wells earned the save after holding Penn State Behrend to just one hit over the final four innings.

Lion starter Ray DeVaul lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on three hits and four walks.

Game Five -
#2 Penn State Behrend 8, #1 Frostburg State 1

Chris McCartney tossed a three-hitter and Shane Elzer went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Lions past the host Bobcats and into championship Sunday.

McCartney allowed consecutive doubles in the second and an infield single in the ninth to keep FSU's league-leading offense in check. He struck out six and walked two in the nine-inning effort.

Elzer tripled in the first to give PSB a 1-0 lead, but FSU tied it in the second on back-to-back doubles by Art Barone and Todd Holmes.

In the third, Elzer laced a two-run single, Tony Kordecki hit a sacrifice fly and Gabe Stephenson added an RBI single to push the Lions in front 5-1.

PSB increased its lead to 7-1 in the seventh behind an RBI double by Kordecki and a single by Vince Canzano. Canzano capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Kordecki and Canzano each finished with two RBIs, while Brian Hart had three hits and scored twice.

Daryl Keys suffered the loss for FSU, allowing six runs on 10 hits and striking out five in six innings.

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