Friday, May 2, 2014

Frostburg Baseball Dominate on Senior Day

 Ten seniors pose victorious after win on senior day
Frostburg, MD- The Frostburg State baseball team finished their season with a convincing 10-2 win last Sunday against Stevenson on their senior day. Ten seniors were honored that day in their last game and victory for Frostburg. After their dominance over Stevenson, the Bobcat’s season comes to an end with an overall record of 28-13.

The Mustangs were held to just two runs thanks to the superb pitching performance of senior, Austin Portez. Portez pitched the first seven innings of what would be his last game surrendering only two runs, and tying his season high strikeout count (11). “The team was a little more pumped up I guess because it was the last game” Portez says, “In my mind though it was just another game. I go into every game playing like it is my last.” Thanks to Portez’s efforts on the plate, he earned his seventh win of the season making his overall record an impressive 7-2.

Another huge contributor to the team’s success that day was senior, catcher Dylan Shupe. Shupe had a big day with three hits and three runs off of only five at bats. The senior started all 41 games this season for the Bobcats and lead the team in hits by pitch (9). “It was the last game of the season” says Shupe, “Everyone really came up big.”

Sunday was truly a day for the seniors as senior Kevin Kean had quite the outing as well. He had two hits, two runs, and an RBI on the day. Kean concluded his last season as a Bobcat with the fourth highest batting average on the team (.353), and started all 36 contests that he appeared in. The speedster Kean also tied Kam Stewart for the most stolen bases on the season (13), and was only thrown out one time all season giving him an impressive stolen base percentage (.929). The senior deserving of a lot of credit, gives it to the pitching staff. “They couldn’t hit anything Austin was throwing; he had 7 strike outs” Kean says, “As a pitching staff they had 14 altogether.”

After the extraordinary mound performance of Portez, two fellow seniors A.J. Rosenthal and Kenny Georgius came in to relieve in the eighth and ninth inning respectively. Both of these seniors ended their careers on a high note surrendering no runs, and combining for a total of three strike outs.

It was senior day, and the seniors certainly had a day. The ten retiring Bobcats can hang up their jerseys with the satisfaction of ending their careers on the highest of notes.  


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