PITTSBURGH, PA – A 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning sent it into extra innings but the Redhawks (17-5) fell in eleven innings to former conference rival Frostburg State (18-11) 10-7. The loss ends their school-record 19 game home win-streak.
The visiting Bobcats took a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first inning on a pair of sacrifice flies and a 2-out RBI single to centerfield, but La Roche cut the lead to two in the bottom of the third inning.
Sean Lubin hit a 1-out RBI single to left field and advance to second base when the ball skipped underneath the left fielder's mitt. Lubin proceeded to steal third base and Brian Tougher came through in the next at bat with a groundout to second.
The Redhawks added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead. Matt Sabatini and Jon Watson walked and Lubin followed with an RBI double to centerfield. Watson came home on a wild pitch by Frostburg State's starter Cody Ellsworth and Dan Burns put down a safety squeeze to score Lubin.
Frostburg State answered with an RBI double and sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and added two more runs in the ninth inning to take a 7-4 lead.
The Redhawks came through with a huge bottom of the ninth inning to send it into extra innings. Pinch hitter Andrew Zeger lined a single to left field before Lubin's RBI triple cut the deficit to one run. Brian Tougher followed with an RBI single and La Roche tied it when Franzee Barlamas scored from first base on a hit and run single by Dan Burns to send it into extras.
Frostburg State scored on an RBI double, triple, and sacrifice fly in the top of the eleventh inning and hung on.
Lubin led the Redhawks on offense with a 5 for 6 day including a double, triple, 3 runs, 2 RBI, and a stolen base. Tougher contributed 2 RBI and Girdano added one. Barlamas, Sabatini, Watson, and Zeger all scored runs in the La Roche loss.
La Roche Baseball returns to AMCC Conference action tomorrow when they host Penn State Altoona. It is a matchup of the past two conference champions.