Potomac State Baseball pushes win streak to six; sweeps Catonsville

Colin Lyons

Potomac State's Colin Lyons delivers a pitch in the 2nd game of the Catamounts sweep overCCBC-Catonsville
at Golden Park on Saturday. 
Photo courtesy: Raymond Burner

Keyser, WV- Potomac State pushed its win streak to six straight games as the Catamounts swept a doubleheader over CCBC-Catonsville by scores of 2-0 and 11-5 at Golden Park on Saturday.

In the opener, Potomac State sophomore Andy Smithmyer pitched a complete game three-hit shutout as won 2-0.

Smithmyer outdueled Catonsville’s Kenny Jolly as he struck out three Cardinals to raise his record to 8-2 on the season.

Jolly also delivered a complete game effort and allowed just two runs on five PSC hits.

The Catamounts lone runs came in the third inning when Ryan Bennett led off the inning with a walk. Jake Ringold followed with a double that put runners at second and third. Nate Antone and Zach Markel followed with back to back sacrifice flies to push the PSC lead to 2-0.

“Game one was a really well played game,” said PSC Head Coach Doug Little. “I think the game was only 80 minutes long. Andy didn’t have his best stuff, but still gave us a chance to win and we made several outstanding defensive plays. In order to beat a good team like Catonsville, you have to make some plays.”

In game two Potomac State jumped out to a quick lead with a six-run first inning. Ryan Bennett started the game with double; Jake Ringold added a double and both came home to score on a double from Nate Antone. Zach Markel and Dave McNeill then both walked to load the bases. Antone then scored on a wild pitch. Jason Driver then launched a three-run home run to right field to make the score 6-1. The home run was Driver’s third of the season.

Driver led PSC with a single double and that first inning home run. Bennett, Ringold, Antone, and Mason Hershey all added two hits for the Catamounts.

Antone had a double in game one and a double and single in game two to push his hit streak to 26 games.

Colin Lyons picked up the win for PSC as the sophomore southpaw went 4 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing just one earned run. Ben Miller came threw 1 1/3 innings of flawless relief, including escaping a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning.

“Colin gave us a quality start. He threw the ball really well and Benny came on gave us a great effort-like he usually does,” said Little.”This time of year you need to have solid efforts on the mound in order to win.”

“We have a ton of respect for Catonsville, Coach Blue and his assistants,” said Little. “We beat a very good team today. We face another good team tomorrow in Cecil; these are tough games and we hope they prepare us for post-season play.”

Potomac State now stands at 28-9 while Catonsville falls to 28-13.

PSC hosts Cecil Sunday at 1PM for a DH at Golden Park.

Game 1
C- 000 000 0- 0 3 0
PS- 002 000 x- 2 5 0

C-Kenny Jolly and James Rossi
PS- Andy Smithmyer and Alan Filauro
HR- none

Game 2
C- Stephen Shillenburg, Kevin Boyce, (5th) and Chad Murphy
PS- Colin Lyons, Ben Miller, (5th), Brandon Campbell, (7th) and Mason Hershey
HR- Jason Driver, (PSC-3)