Catamounts struggle in opening weekend

Florence, SC- Potomac State opened the 2012 season in less than spectacular fashion as they dropped the opening four games at the Pepsi Invitational in hosted by Florence Darlington Tech.

After dropping the opener to Chattanooga State Community College, the Catamounts played flat in a 19-8 loss to Florence Darlington Tech. The Stingers broke open an 8-6 game with 11 runs in the final two innings.

Tyler Crocker led FDT with five runs batted in as the Stingers banged out 21 hits. Devin Bowles took the loss for Potomac State as the sophomore gave up five runs in three innings of work.

Zach Markel and Joel Rosencrance each drove in two runs for PSC.

On Sunday Potomac State faced off with fellow Region XX foe Cecil College and ran into a fine pitching performance from Cecil's D.J. Park. The righthander worked five shutout innings holding PSC to just five hits lifting Cecil to a 2-0 win.

Morgan Barger hit a two run home run in the fourth inning off PSC starter Joel Rosencrance who took the loss. Potomac State left nine runners on base and struck out 12 times in the game.

Zach Stolipher led the Catamounts with a single and a double.

In the weekend finale Potomac State and Pitt Community College faced off in typical intense fashion.

Pitt who has won back to back Region X Championships jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Potomac State answered with four runs in the fourth highlighted by a run scoring single from Ryan LaRose. Pitt re-took the lead in the bottom of the frame when Matt Ashorn and Matt Neal drove in runs to give Pitt a 5-3 lead.

Trailing 6-4 heading into the last inning, Potomac State scored three runs on a two-run single from Steve Miele and a run producing single from Mike Eisel.

Pitt however had one more rally in their arsenal as the Bulldogs rallied for a two run double with two outs off the bat of Ashorn.

Ryan Conner took the loss for Potomac State, despite 2 2/3 innings of solid work in relief of starter Jordan Bray.

Markel, Stolipher, LaRose and Jake Potter each had two hits for PSC.

Potomac State now 0-4 will host CCAC-South on Wednesday at Golden Park.