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PSC uses fast start to hold off Chesapeake, 15-9

First seven batters score to help Catamounts seize control

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

KEYSER, W. Va. – Potomac State College’s first seven batters reached base and scored Thursday afternoon, propelling the Catamounts to a 15-9 baseball victory over visiting Chesapeake College.

The Skipjacks (17-18) managed to get back in the game, shaving the deficit to 10-7 and then 11-9, but couldn’t quite overcome Potomac State’s first-inning explosion. Chesapeake committed two official errors and also misplayed two balls in the outfield during the Catamounts’ big first-inning uprising.

"You can’t make that many mistakes in one inning against a good team and expect to win," said Chesapeake head coach Frank Szymanski. "To our credit, we chipped away and made it a game."

"That inning was the key inning in the game," said PSC head coach Doug Little of the seven-run first, which wiped out a 2-0 deficit. "Our hitters did a great job of answering their early lead."

Chesapeake, which scored in five separate innings, got within 11-9 with a two-run seventh, but the Catamounts scored once in the bottom of the seventh and broke the game open with a three-run eighth. Nate Antone’s two-run double was the key eighth-inning hit.

"Nobody gave up. The effort was outstanding. It’s just that every time we would chip away, they answered," said Szymanski.

Potomac State, which pulled out a 1-0 victory earlier this season at Chesapeake, used the win to sweep the regular-season series.

Chesapeake, still 12-5-1 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference after the non-conference loss, dropped to 0-3 in NJCAA Region XX Division I. Defending region champion PSC improved to 6-2 in region play.

Zach Markel and J.K. Filauro each drove in four runs for the Catamounts while PSC’s Ryan Bennett had four hits.

Ricky Brady staked Chesapeake to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. PSC’s response was its seven-run first inning against Skipjack starter Ryan Nichols, highlighted by Filauro’s bases-loaded triple. Nichols – who yielded 12 runs, including nine earned, while giving up 11 hits and walking two batters in three-plus innings – took the loss.

Jordan Gowe and Frank Zare each went 2-for-4 for the Skipjacks, who finished with nine hits. Michael Russo had a solo homer.

The Skipjacks – whose huge Saturday home doubleheader against conference-leading CCBC-Catonsville was rained out - are scheduled to host Stevenson University’s junior varsity Monday in a 4 p.m. contest. They travel to Harford Community College Tuesday for a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader, play at Hagerstown Community College in a Thursday single game at 3 p.m., and play a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday.

The five games against Harford, Hagerstown, and Anne Arundel count in both the conference and the region standings.

"Our approach right now is one day at a time, one game at a time," said Szymanski. "We want to try to get a win and get back on track and see if we can get a little momentum. We’re looking for a little more consistency."

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