Frostburg St. wins CAC tournament
FROSTBURG, Md. -- Frostburg State used everything they had to go 4-1 in the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament and bring home the conference championships and automatic bid to the NCAA DIII tournament.
The Bobcats had an unusual start to the day having to finish their fourth round game against Salisbury that had been delayed from the day before because of lightning. Frostburg State was up 8-7 in the bottom of the ninth and the Sea Gulls were threatening with two runners on. Senior Britton Quayle was in the game when it was suspended, but head coach Guy Robertson put the ball in the hands of senior Greg Ross to get that third and final out. Ross worked a 2-2 count before throwing the third and final strike past Salisbury’s Nick Walls to advance to the championship game against No. 3 seeded Mary Washington.
With the win in the books, Robertson became the third coach in Frostburg baseball history to reach at least 100 wins.
Mary Washington came out in top of the first inning of the championship game with something to prove, and put up five runs before the Bobcats got an at bat. Frostburg got two back in the bottom of the first off a junior John Barrett two-run home run that brought home freshman Matt Donaldson.
The Eagles added another run in the top of the second and two more in the third to put the game out of reach of the Bobcats. Frostburg added two runs in the third to cut the lead to 8-4. Junior Garrett Price led off getting hit by a pitch and came around to score when classmate Doug Anuszewski singled to right. Senior Matt Ridenour and junior Adam Summerfelt hit back-to-back singles to drive home Anuszewski.
The Eagles added four more in the fifth, two in the seventh and one more in the ninth. The Bobcats put two runs up in the sixth, but could not overtake the Eagles.
The Bobcats, suffering their first loss of the tournament, needed just one more win to take the conference title.
The Eagles got on the board quickly with two runs in the top of the first, but Ross held them to just three runs, one earned, over his six innings of work.
The Bobcats would not be out-done and put up three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead, one which they would not surrender. Summerfelt and junior Shane Boyd led off with back-to-back singles and senior Daniel Heatwole reached on a fielding error by the pitcher on a sac bunt. With the bases full of Bobcats, Price singled and drove home Summerfelt and Boyd to tie the game at two. With runners on the corners, senior Matt Greene singled through the right side to bring home Heatwole.
Anuszewski extended the lead to 4-2 with a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the sixth. To add a little insurance, Frostburg added two runs in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 6-2. With two outs, Heatwole lined a single to center and Donaldson doubled down the left field line to bring Heatwole home. Price got his second RBI-single of the game to score Donaldson.
The Eagles got one back in the seventh, but senior Josh Davis came out and shut down the Eagles.
Barrett and Anuszewski reached on back-to-back walks to lead off the seventh and senior Corey Carr bunted the runners over to second and third. Summerfelt hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Barrett to score and Anuszewski to move to third. Boyd flew out to score Anuszewski. The Bobcats led 8-3.
The Bobcats added their last run of the game on RBI-single from Anuszewski to score Barrett. Frostburg State held a 9-3 lead into the ninth.
The Eagles opened their final frame with back-to-back doubles to cut the lead to 9-4. After moving the runner on a fly ball, the Eagles put up their final run of the tournament with a fielder’s choice to second. With a runner on second, Davis, just as Ross did in the final out against Salisbury, got the final Eagle to watch the last pitch of the conference tournament and bring home the crown for the Bobcats.
Greene, Anuszewski and Price each had a multiple hit game while Price led with three RBIs in the final game.
After getting the one-out save against Salisbury, Ross came back and picked up the conference tournament win in the final game. He went six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits while striking out seven. Ross’ season total has hit 84. Davis got the three-inning save, scattering five hits and two earned runs while picking up five strikeouts.
With the win, the Bobcats will advance to the regional tournament. After the other conference tournaments are played out, the Bobcats will learn where they will travel to extend their season past the final regular-season game.
Frostburg State will return to action on Tuesday against former conference opponent, Pitt-Greensburg, in Greensburg, Pa. on April 19 at 1:00 pm for a doubleheader.