Catamounts drop pair to Harford

BEL AIR, MD. - Harford Community College (28-8) earned a huge doubleheader sweep with playoff implications over Potomac State (21-8) on Sunday. The Fighting Owls collected a 12-2 win in five innings in game one, and a 6-5 win in 11 innings in the nightcap.

Game 1
Harford 12, Potomac State 2
The Fighting Owls received another quality outing from starter Corey Taylor, who was backed with 12 runs on 15 hits in the opener. Eight Fighting Owls collected at least one hit in the win.

Simon Beloff went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run in the first inning. He added a double and three RBIs and moved his batting average to over .300 for the first time in over a month at .303.

James Wilson also tallied three hits, scoring twice and knocking in two more. Cory Shaver, Anthony Ortiz and Nick Octavi chipped in with two hits. Jonathan Castro reached base three times in four at bats scoring twice and knocking in two more.

Taylor went five innings, striking out eight and allowing a pair of runs on six hits.

Andy Smithmyer took the loss for PSC.

Ryan Bennett and Nate Antone each collected two hits for the Catamounts.

Game 2
Harford 6, Potomac State 5, (11)
Jonathan Castro connected on a walk-off double, scoring Ortiz with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving Harford the doubleheader sweep.

Taylor Nelson pitched seven innings of nearly perfect baseball in relief. The right hander pitched five perfect innings, allowed a leadoff bunt single in the 10th, and retired the next six batters to earn the win and improve to 4-1 on the season.

Potomac State led 4-0 behind a solo home run from Jason Driver and a two-run home run from Nate Antone.

The Fighting Owls trailed 5-2 in the sixth inning before starting the comeback trail. Harford plated two in the sixth, one in the seventh with two outs to force extras before the Castro game-winning hit.

Potomac State will travel to West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday for a double header beginning at 1PM.