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Undefeated Catamounts sweep HCC

April 01, 2006|By JACK HILL III

The Potomac State College Catamounts swept a baseball doubleheader against the Hagerstown Community College Hawks on Friday.

The Catamounts (17-0) rolled to a six-inning 12-1 win in the first game before pulling out a 6-2 win in the second game.

"It's good to win two, especially against a really good team like Hagerstown," Potomac State coach Doug Little said. "We got two very well-pitched games. Our hitters did a really good job at the plate. Hagerstown is the best hitting team we have seen all year. To be able to beat them twice is big. It's not easy."

The second game was tied at 2-2 after five innings before Potomac State scored in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Joe Durham started the rally by reaching on a dropped third strike, moved to second on a groundout and came home on J.C. McCoy's single to right.

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It fell apart for HCC starter Jay Love in the seventh, as the Catamounts added three runs to blow the game open. Joey Agreste singled to right, Chase Bailey was hit by a pitch and Shane Smith reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Agreste scored on a single to right by Chad Chambers.

After Kyle Chronister replaced Love on the mound, pinch-runner Matt Lieving scored on a wild pitch and the other runners moved up one base. One out later, Chambers came home on Nate Wormley's groundout to short.

HCC (12-7) scored its two runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Robbie Davis.

Starting pitcher Kreg Savoie did not allow an earned run and gave up only one walk and three hits while striking out seven in going the distance for the Catamounts.

"In Game 1, we didn't do much right," HCC coach Scott Jennings said. "We gave up eight walks and hit two batters. You can't do that against Potomac State and expect to win. One bright spot was that we showed character by bouncing back from getting beat by 11 runs to be competitive during the second game. We were in the ballgame until the last inning."

In the first game, Potomac State starting pitcher Enrique Garcia allowed six hits and no earned runs for the complete-game victory. Derek Bowen had four RBI and three hits, while Joey Agreste added four hits and three RBI.

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