Potomac State Baseball picks up 30th win in sweep over Garrett

Nate Antone
Nate Antone pushed his hitting streak to 28 games as Potomac State swept a DH
from
Garrett College on Friday.  Photo Courtesy Raymond Burner.

McHenry, MD- Potomac State swept a doubleheader from Garrett College 6-5 and 7-1 on Friday night that propelled the Catamounts to their 30th win of the season.

In the opener it was Nate Antone who put the Catamounts on his back as the Pittsburgh, PA native went 4-4 with a home run, two doubles, and a single, scored three runs and drove in two runs as well. He also picked up the save working the final two innings on the mound.

“Nate certainly gave us a lift,” said Head Coach Doug Little. “We played with a very nonchalant attitude during that first game. I was not really happy with the effort we put out in that game. Without Nate’s performance we lose that game. He is a very skilled player but we need a better effort from every guy in our dugout, Nate included.”

Dave McNeill picked up two hits for PSC and Jason Driver drove in two with a 2-run single in the fifth inning. J.K Filauro and T.J. Weisenburg also added RBI’s form the Catamounts.

Andy Smithmyer picked up the win on the mound for Potomac State. The sophomore threw a predetermined four innings and struck out seven of the fourteen hitters he faced.

“Andy was not as good as he could be tonight, but he always goes out and competes and gave us a quality start,” said Little.

In game two Jason Driver went 3-4 and Mason Hershey drove in three runs to lead PSC to a 7-1 win. The win lifted Potomac State to a record of 30-9, marking the 11 of the last 12 years that the Catamounts have hit the 30-win mark.

Patrick Bankemper picked up the win for PSC as the sophomore went five innings, striking out six Garrett hitters.

Ben Miller and Jason Driver worked the final two innings for PSC. Marquese Jones’ diving catch in centerfield ended the inning in the bottom of the sixth.

Nate Antone also singled in the sixth inning to extend his hitting streak to 28 straight games.

Potomac State will now turn their focus to the NJCAA DI Region Baseball Tournament that they host this weekend at Golden Park.

“It was a great way to end the regular season today,” said Little. “ Playing the road is never easy, and we got two well-pitched games and our hitters battled at the plate.

Potomac State will play ASA, who won the Region XV title at 10am on Friday, and then Harford Community College will face Anne Arundel Community College next in the double elimination tournament that runs through Sunday.