Baseball: Catamounts win a pair at Pepsi Invitational behind Mitchell and Schwertfeger

Florence, SC- Evan Mitchell turned in his finest performance as a Catamount, as the sophomore delivered a complete game two-hit shutout over previously unbeaten Florence Darlington-Tech.  

Mitchell allowed just two singles as Potomac State pulled off the 4-0 win on the early game Saturday morning.

“This is two starts in a row that Evan has pitched well,” said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little. “I am happy for him, but he deserves the credit for how well he has pitched this year. I have no doubt that he will keep it going.”

Mitchell struck out just three in his complete game effort, but relying on his defense and throw an abundance of strikes he was able to hold the Stinger offense at bay.

PSC got on the board with an unearned run in the second when Florence Darlington committed two uncharacteristic infield errors in the inning. Matt Maiers reached second base on the first error and came around to score on the second to make the score 1-0.

In the sixth inning a one-out single from Daniel Kerwin was followed by a double from Matt Jeffery. A walk to Maiers loaded the bases, which was followed by Russell Schwertfeger grounding into a fielder’s choice to score Kerwin. When the throw got away from the Stinger first baseman, Jeffery scampered home with another run making the score 3-0.

Another error by the Stingers allowed the Catamounts to add another run in the sixth after a single by Andrew Kowalo pushed Korey Foltz to third base, and an errant throw allowed Foltz to score.

In game two Potomac State rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down Patrick Henry Community College 3-2 in extra innings.

Schwertfeger was 3-4 including the game winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the win for the Catamounts.

“Russell came up big for us in the second game,” said Little. “He missed almost all of the fall and is just starting to get back to full speed, but he got it done for us today.”

DeJhard Kimbrough added two singles for PSC, as they out hit PHCC 8-4.

Sam Vincenzo picked up the win for Potomac State as the southpaw pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

“I’m really happy for Sam,” said Little. “He has worked back from an injury that forced him to miss all of last season. It was good to see him back out there for us, and if he can continue to pitch like he did today, he gives us another very experienced arm in the mix.”

Vincenzo relieved Dalton Westfall, who worked five innings allowing just two runs and striking out two.