College Baseball: Hawks beat Potomac State in walk-off fashion

March 21, 2012|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Eric Schanzenbacher drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Hagerstown Community College rallied to beat Potomac State 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

Terrell Thompson became the potential game-winning run by drawing a walk. He advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt.

Schanzenbacher came to the plate with two outs and lined a 2-2 pitch to left for the win.

“I hadn’t seen that pitcher, so I sat on the first pitch and was looking fastball,” Schanzenbacher said. “After I swung and saw that the ball didn’t end up in the third baseman’s glove, I started to celebrate.”

Schanzenbacher was 0-for-4 prior to his final at-bat and the Hawks were just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

“It was a clutch hit and it was what we needed,” HCC coach Scott Jennings said. “We were able to get some timely hits today.”

The Hawks (13-10) trailed the Catamounts 2-0 heading into the home side of the third inning. Drew DeShong drew a walk to be the first HCC player to reach base. He later scored when Thompson recorded the Hawks’ first hit.

After allowing two runs and walking three over the game’s first three innings, HCC starting pitcher Steve Chrzanowski zeroed in and shut down the Potomac State bats. He went the distance, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits, while fanning five and walking five.

“He battled all nine innings,” Jennings said. “He shut the door on them after they got a few runs and gave us an opportunity to score some runs.”

Potomac State broke the scoreless tie in the second inning when Joel Rosencrance scored on a double play. David Kimbrough scored on a fielder’s choice in the third inning to make it 2-0.

Jake Potter’s RBI single in the fifth gave Potomac State a 3-1 lead.

HCC tied the game at 3 in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan Dunn’s RBI double plated Cole Sellers and Dunn later scored on a Potomac throwing error.

HCC 4, Potomac State 3
Potomac St.     011    010    000    —    3    5    2
HCC        001    002    001    —    4    10    1
Miller, Bowles (8) and LaRose. Chrzanowski and Torres. WP — Chrzanowski (5-0). LP — Bowles.

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