From Staff Reports
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A.J. Nicely’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning broke a tie game and lifted third-seeded Christopher Newport to a 2-1 victory over fourth-seeded Frostburg State in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Locked in a 1-1 pitchers duel, Curtis Pittman singled to begin the Captains’ eighth inning, was bunted to second and advanced to third on an infield error. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Nicely singled down the right field line to score Pittman. The Bobcats got out of the inning by getting Tommy Kane to ground into a double play.
Nick Santalucia (7-0) got the win in a battle of unbeaten pitchers. He allowed 10 hits but only one run in eight innings, struck out 11 and did not walk a batter. Bryan Beirlein allowed one-out singles to Ricky Castro and Kevin Kean in the ninth but got Dylan Shupe to hit into a game-ending double play for his fourth save
Frostburg’s Kenny Georgius (5-1) allowed nine hits and one earned run in eight innings, walked three and fanned two.
Kyle Corwin had an RBI single in the first for Christopher Newport (21-13). Frostburg (23-9) tied it in the fourth when Kam Stewart tripled and scored on a single by Rob Jennings.
The Bobcats outhit the Captains 12-9 but stranded 12 baserunners. Christopher Newport stranded 10.
The middle of the Frostburg lineup, Nos. 3 through 7 in the order, was a combined 10 for 21. Jennings was 3 for 4, Ricky Brady 2 for 3, Kean 2 for 5 and Shupe 2 for 5 with a double.
Tommy Vitaletti doubled and singled twice for Christopher Newport.
The tournament now shifts to top-seeded York (Pa.) College. Frostburg will play York on Friday at 12:30.
Potomac State 4 13
Lakeland 2 1
KEYSER, W.Va. — Fraser Brown’s pinch hit RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning broke a two-all tie and helped lift Potomac State over Lakeland Community College in the first of two games Wednesday at Golden Park.
Potomac State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on back-to-back doubles by Billy Sager and Elliott McCummings followed by an RBI single by Connar Bastaich.
Lakeland picked up an unearned run in the third to cut the lead to 2-1 and tied it on an RBI single by Jose Barrera in the sixth.
After two quick outs in the bottom of the sixth, Andrew Kowalo was hit by a pitch. After a wild pitch, he came racing home with the go-ahead run on Brown’s ringing single to right field. Pinch runner Jamaal Windom made it 4-2 by scoring on an errant throw of a bunt single by Jamison Jones.
Jamie Miller picked up the win, with 1 2/3 innings of relief. Ethan Emmart gave the Catamounts a quality start with 5 1/3 innings of work.
In game two, Alex Levitan drove in four runs as Potomac State completed the sweep with a 12-run rout. Freshman Kyle Elliott gave the Catamounts a five–inning complete game effort. He allowed one earned run and struck out two.
Windom and McCummings had two hits for Potomac State, which outhit Lakeland 11-3.
Potomac State, 26-10-1 and riding a seven-game winning streak, will travel to Garrett for a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m.