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Webb Blasts Three Homeruns; Baseball Takes One From Medaille

FROSTBURG, Md. — Senior Ryan Webb (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) went 3-for-3, with three homeruns and eight RBIs in game one of a doubleheader, to help Frostburg State split the decision against Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Medaille, Saturday afternoon.

FSU (18-12, 6-4) won 13-2 in game one and then dropped the nightcap 6-4 to MC (8-17, 6-4).

Webb tied the school record for homeruns, RBIs and total bases in a single game with his impressive performance at the plate. Altogether the Bobcats blasted five homeruns on the afternoon, including four in game one.

Webb gave FSU the early 2-0 lead in the opener with the first of his homeruns in the bottom of the first inning. Two innings later, the Bobcats pushed their lead to 6-0. Junior Bryan Burke (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst (LIU)) led off the inning with a single. He then stole second and scored the first run of the third when senior Mike Gitzen (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) singled to right. After junior Andrew Speights (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) reached on a fielder’s choice, Webb hit his second homerun, this time a three-run shot over the fence, to lift the host lead to 6-0.

Medaille answered by plating two runs in the top of the fourth but Frostburg State further extended its lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 9-2 advantage. Burke led off the inning with a solo homerun, his third of the season.

Senior Todd Holmes (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) had an RBI single and junior Allen Peake (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) had an RBI double to account for all three runs of the inning.

Junior Brett Mitchell (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) got things going in the fifth with an infield single. Gitzen then singled to left allowing Mitchell to move to third and Speights then scored Mitchell with a single through the right side as FSU led 10-0.

The next batter, Webb, then crushed his third bomb of the ballgame over the outfield fence plating both Gitzen and Speights as Frostburg State assumed a 13-2 edge.

Medaille didn’t threaten in the final two innings as the game ended.

Freshman starter Aaron Main earned his fifth win of the season after tossing the complete game. He allowed just two runs on nine hits while striking out four. Kevin Maluchnik took the loss for the Mavericks allowing nine runs on 11 hits in 4.0 innings of work.

In the nightcap, Medaille rallied from a 3-1 deficit to earn the win, 6-4. Rich Seeger earned the victory on the mound for MC, tossing a complete game and allowing just four runs, three earned.

Gitzen gave Frostburg State the lead early in game two with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first that gave the hosts a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Speights gave FSU a 3-1 lead when he crossed the plate on a Medaille infield error.

Derek Nero tied the game for the Mavs in the third with a two-run homerun while in the fourth, Andy Piniarski and Nick Andreassi recorded RBIs as MC took a 5-3 lead.

In the fifth, Burke led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a pop fly to right and then scored on a Speights ground out. However, in the top of the sixth, Medaille tacked on one more run on an Andreassi RBI double to left to cap the scoring.

Burke suffered the loss for the Bobcats tossing 2.1 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. At the plate, Gitzen was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

FSU returns to the field on April 26 when it travels to Mt. Aloysius for a doubleheader at noon.

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