Smithmyer effort pushes Catamounts past Chesapeake 1-0
WYE MILLS, MD — Andy Smithmyer fired a masterful four-hitter and Jason Driver singled home the only run of the day as Potomac State blanked Chesapeake 1-0 Sunday afternoon.
Smithmyer (6-1), a sophomore right-hander, walked three and struck out 10 in the fast-paced game. He did not allow a base runner past second base.
"Andy really pitched a great game," said Head Coach Doug Little. "He was dominate with his fastball, and changed speed with his change-up. It was really a great performance by him."
The only run came in the top the fourth. Nate Antone led off with a double for the Catamounts, and advanced to third on a groundout by Zach Markel. Dave McNeill hit a shot up the middle that was snared by pitcher Richie McMahon who caught Antone in a rundown between third and home. McNeill advanced to second as Antone was retired for the second out. Jason Driver then delivered a ringing single that scored McNeill.
Chesapeake threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Ricky Brady led off the inning with a double. After an unsuccessful bunt attempt resulted in a strike out, Tucker Tobin drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Jonathan Donalds then grounded to PSC shortstop Jason Driver who flipped to second baseman J.K. Filauro to start a 6-4-3 game-ending double play.
"This was a fantastic college baseball game, and we are lucky to come away with a win." said Little. "There were some great plays by both teams; diving catches, double plays, great pitching...we always have our hands full with that team, (Chesapeake), they do a great job and have a bunch of really good players."
Antone finished 2-for-2 with a double and single for Potomac State, which had seven hits.
The Catamounts (21-6) will play at Harford in a 1 p.m. twinbill on Tuesday.