FROSTBURG, Md. – Despite a pair of fine pitching performances by Jordan Lozzi and Zach Stuart, Wesley College's baseball team dropped a pair of one-run extra-inning games at Capital Athletic Conference rival Frostburg State on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats took the opener, 1-0, in eight innings before defeating the Wolverines (24-11, 9-9 CAC), 4-3 in nine innings in the rubber game.
Only Rob Benedict and Jon Carlson recorded hits in game one as Lozzi allowed just one run on seven hits in the opener. Frostburg's lone run came in the eighth as Torian Cyrus led off with a single and Shane Boyd followed with a triple to center field.
Lozzi (5-3) was dominant in stretches throughout the game as he retired ten straight batters between the second and sixth innings of play.
The bats from both teams did not wake up until the fifth inning of game two as FSU got on the board with a pair of runs in the fifth. Wesley finally got runs in the sixth on an RBI triple by Carlson and a RBI groundout by Morgan Rupp.
Andrew Cooper relieved Stuart on the mound after Stuart allowed just one earned run on four hits in five innings of play. Cooper then went on to pitch three scoreless innings while allowing just two hits.
Frostburg (19-14, 10-8 CAC)made a pitching change going into the ninth inning and Wesley took a 3-2 lead as Sam Farnell hit his third home run of the season to left field.
The Wolverines made a pitching change of their own in the ninth, replacing Cooper with Rich Lober, but a pair of fielding errors by Wesley allowed FSU to score twice and earn the victory.
The same two teams will meet once again at Frostburg in the first round of the CAC Playoffs on Tuesday, April 17, at 3:30 pm. Wesley holds the fourth seed while the Bobcats have the third seed. Following the opening round, the remainder of the double elimination tournament will be played at Salisbury University who won the CAC regular season championship.