Frostburg St. upends No. 5 Salisbury
Beyer closes game for Bobcats in dramatic ninth inning
SALISBURY, Md. -- With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and Frostburg State clinging to a 9-7 lead, Tristen Beyer struck out the No. 5 Salisbury batter to win the game for the Bobcats and keep them alive in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
Salisbury led 2-1 after two innings, but the Bobcats exploded for five runs in the third. J.K. Filauro singled to start the inning, but was forced out at second when Torian Cyrus hit into a fielder's choice. Cyrus swiped second base to move into scoring position and came around to score on a Shane Boyd single.
John Barrett and Pat Sapp followed with singles of their own to load the bases. Doug Anuszewski drove in Boyd on a sacrifice fly to give the Bobcats their first lead, 3-2. Adam Summerfelt's double to left brought in Sapp and Barrett, and Mike Virbickis drove in Summerfelt with a double to right center to make the score 6-2.
FSU threatened to score again in the fourth after Boyd smoked a two-out triple, but FSU couldn't bring in the runner.
The Sea Gulls rattled the bats in the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. Ken O'Neil's two-RBI triple did the bulk of the damage.
Despite leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, the Bobcats clung to 6-5 lead heading into the sixth. FSU took advantage of two errors by the Sea Gull defense and scored two, two-out runs to give extend their lead to 8-5. Virbickis walked with the bases loaded for his second RBI of the afternoon.
However, the Sea Gulls would not go quietly. They added a run in the sixth and another in the seventh. Tyler Hawthorne avoided further damage by striking out Nick Walls with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh.
In the eighth, Beyer shut down another Salisbury rally. Beyer took the ball with two outs, a runner on second, and two outs and a 3-1 count on Connor. His first pitch was a ball and Tyler Bennett also drew a walk to load the bases. Beyer out dueled Quinn Griffith in a long at-bat, getting him to groundout to Filauro to end the inning.
Leighton Cooper's pinch-hit single in the ninth drove in Adam Baxley to give the Bobcats some extra breathing room heading into Salisbury's last at-bat.
Boyd led the lineup with three hits and an RBI, while Summerfelt and Virbickis had two hits and two RBIs a piece. Zach O'Dell earned the win after going six innings and giving up six runs. Beyer picked up the save.