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Hawks have forgettable day against Potomac State

May 03, 2004|by JACK HILL III

The Hagerstown Community College baseball team won't be looking back fondly at its performance Sunday.

Potomac State exploded for 11 runs in the top of the sixth inning and blasted the Hawks 17-5 in a game stopped after seven innings because of the 10-run rule.

"It was a ballgame until that 11-run sixth inning," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "They came out and put it to us on our field. There was no doubt who the better team was today. There is not a whole lot that you can say. They just totally beat us in every phase of the game."

Potomac State has recovered from an 11-15 start by winning 11 of its last 12 games.

The Catamounts (22-16) led 4-2 entering the sixth, then found a way to chase HCC starter Tim Biser (6-2).

Five of the first seven Potomac State batters reached base against Biser to produce three runs.

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Alex Miranda came on in relief to try to get the final out. Seven batters later, Miranda was still trying to get the last out. The Catamounts scored eight more runs, capped by David Toth's three-run triple to right.

The Catamounts scored their final two runs off of reliever Brad Brandt in the seventh.

"Our hitters did a great job at the plate battling," Potomac State coach Doug Little said. "Hagerstown is a good team. For us to come here and beat them is a feather in our hat."

Brett McClain gave up five runs in six-plus innings to earn the win for Potomac State.

The Catamounts led 4-0 until the fifth, when HCC's Paul Conway cracked a two-run double to cut the Hawks' deficit in half.

Ryan Harju had two hits for the Hawks.

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