17th Ranked CAC Championship
The 17th ranked Frostburg State Men’s Baseball team has been tearing up the scene in front of hometown fans during the CAC Baseball Tournament, held at our very own FSU campus.
Due to weather, the team had several postponed and delayed games. The most recent game at press time was against Wesley University.
After a driving rain and lightning storm that caused delays, the game was tied at 13 at the bottom of the ninth.
Due to CAC rules, Wesley is serving as the home team against the host and top-seeded Bobcats, and the game will resume with the score tied with the Wesleyan Wolverines having one out and a runner on first base.
The Bobcats worked hard, and after many delays, switched schedules, and long road trips, made it to the CAC Championship against their rival team, Salisbury.
The regular season champion Bobcats entered the ninth and final inning down 9-5.
Leading off, junior JT Tipton hit a single to left field just before Jamaal Windom reached on a fielder’s choice.
The crowd got quiet but exploded after the next hit that was driven right up center field by senior Pat Sines that safely brought Tipton home; now, the score a little closer, 9-6.
Senior KJ Hockaday grounded out but scored Windom, and junior Brad Garrant singled home Sines as the Bobcats pulled to within one, 9-8. The game was full of intensity and excitement as the Bobcats pull closer to a CAC Championship. The crowd roared, and the Bobcats were running on high adrenaline as the game got closer and closer to an epic comeback.
Junior Devin Bell was intentionally walked that put the tying run on base for Frostburg. However, SU reliever Ian Scheidemann registered the final out to preserve the win.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats could not pull out the hard fought win, but their hard work during the tournament and the season was appreciated.
The championship contest featured plenty of offense as both nationally ranked teams combined for seven home runs, 22 hits and 11 walks. It could have been worse as the pair of teams also stranded a total of 19 runners. As expected, both teams were full of highly respected, talented players.
The Bobcats continue their season on May 3 against Washington College.