Potomac State outslugs Chesapeake 15-9

Patrick Bankemper
Patrick Bankemper picked up a save by pitching four strong innings of relief as Potomac State got
past Chesapeake 15-9 Thursday Afternoon at Golden Park.  Photo Courtesy: www.raymondburner.com

Keyser, WV- With runs being scored nearly every inning on Thursday at Golden Park, it was the ones that came in the first inning that lifted Potomac State past Chesapeake College 15-9.

After Ricky Brady launched a first inning two-run home run in the top of the first inning to give the Skipjacks a 2-0 lead, it was the seven runs that Potomac State answered with that proved to be the difference in the game.

The seven-run inning was highlighted by J.K. Filauro’s bases loaded triple that made the score 6-0 before Chesapeake starter Ryan Nichols had recorded his first out. Will Brzozowski’s sacrifice fly closed out the scoring in the frame and gave PSC a 6-2 lead after one inning.

“That inning was the key in the game,” said Potomac State Head Coach Doug Little. “Often in college baseball it is the big inning that wins most games, and our hitters did a great job of answering their early lead.”

Both teams scored at least one run in each of the first four innings.

Ryan Bennett led Potomac State with four hits on the day.

“Ryan just quietly goes about his job in a great way,” said Little. “He often sets the tone at the top of the order; he did that again today.”

PSC got serious run production from Zach Markel and Filauro who both drove in four runs apiece.

“We got some clutch hits today. We needed every one of them, because they, (Chesapeake) had a ton of key hits too. They just keep coming after you,” said Little.

Michael Russo added a solo home run for the Skipjacks, (17-18) in the third inning.

Chesapeake drew to within three runs in the seventh inning, before PSC added one in the seventh and two in the eighth that featured a two run double from Nate Antone. Antone has now hit safely in nineteen consecutive games.

“Nate has really provided us some steady play offensively,” said Little. “What is funny is that I think his best baseball is still ahead of him. He is still learning and getting better all the time.”

Potomac State, (22-8) banged out a total of seventeen hits with Ben Miller and Antone adding three hits each.

Andy Smithmyer picked up the win for the Catamounts as he struck out seven in four innings of work to raise his record to7-2. Patrick Bankemper picked his second save for PSC as he delivered four innings of solid relief allowing just two runs on just two hits. Ben Miller came on in the ninth and retired the side in order to preserve the win.

The Catamounts will play again on Saturday when they travel to Laplata, MD for a single game with the College of Southern Maryland.


Line Score

Chesapeake- 221 200 200- 9 9 2
Potomac State- 721 100 13x- 15 17 2

C- Ryan Nichols, Cole Tyndall(4), David Cannon(5), Royce Nichols(8), Ethan Coffey(8) and Michael Russo
PS- Andy Smithmyer, Patrick Bankemper(5), Ben Miller(9) and Dave McNeill
HR- Ricky Brady, Chesapeake; Michael Russo, Chesapeake.