Baseball: Mitchell’s 3-hitter leads Potomac State over USC-Lancaster

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Evan Mitchell fired a nine-inning three hitter and Potomac State put together 10 hits to defeat USC-Lancaster 5-1 on the first day of the NJCAA Eastern District tournament Friday afternoon.

Mitchell (12-1) struck out nine, walked four and gave up one earned run.

The Catamounts (35-8) took a 5-0 lead with a four-run top half of the fifth capped by Russell Schwertfeger’s two-run double. Korey Foltz began the inning with an infield hit that was followed by back-to-back bunts by Andrew Kowalo and Matt Jeffery to load the bases. Matt Maiers hit a hard liner to third and Foltz scored when the throw home was wide. Daniel Kerwin’s single scored Kowalo before Schwertfeger stepped to the plate.

Schwertfeger was one of three Catamounts to finish with two hits. Foltz and Kowalo each had two singles. Malik Brown’s RBI single in the second gave Potomac State a 1-0 lead.

USC-Lancaster (32-18) scored in the bottom of the fifth on a Jon Sabo RBI ground out. Casey Parker finished with two of Lancaster’s three hits.

In Friday’s other two tournament games, fourth seed USC-Sumter upset top-seeded Monroe, 7-2, before Monroe eliminated fourth-seed USC-Lancaster 3-2.

The Catamounts will play USC-Sumter today at noon. Monroe will then play the Potomac State/USC-Sumter loser at 3 p.m.

The championship game will be Sunday at noon. If necessary, the winner takes all game will be at 3 p.m.