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Jackson Leads Softball to Season-Opening Split With Villa Julie
03/10/2002

GLEN BURNIE, MD — Frostburg State split its season-opening doubleheader with Villa Julie, falling 8-7 in the opener and cruising to an 8-0 win the nightcap, Sunday afternoon at the Bachman Sports Complex.

In the opener, Villa Julie’s Kristin Keener hit a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the seventh to rally the Mustangs to a come-from-behind win.

The Bobcats (1-1) built a seemingly comfortable 7-1 lead after two and a half innings. Senior Krissy Jackson drilled a two-run single and scored on a single by sophomore Lora Thomas as FSU took a 3-0 lead.

Villa Julie (1-3) took advantage of a strong wind that gusted up to 30 miles per hour in the third, as Keener’s shot to right carried over the head of the fielder for a solo home run.

The Bobcats stretched their lead to 7-1 in the third inning on a two-run single by freshman Raelee Casazza and an infield single by Zych.

The Mustangs pulled to within 7-3 in the bottom of the frame thanks to an infield error and an RBI-single by Candi King, and Katie Purper drilled a pinch-hit, two-run home run with two outs in the sixth to bring VJC to within 7-5.

Villa Julie then cut its deficit to 7-6 when Sarah Shelley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Keener followed with her game-winning single on a 3-2 pitch.

Jackson led FSU in the opener, going 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored, while freshman Angela Giufredda and sophomore Richelle Foor also collected a pair of hits.

Freshman Jen Vance took the loss for FSU, allowing nine hits and six earned runs while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Sophomore Amber Blackmire made two outstanding diving catches in left field for the Bobcats, who hurt themselves by stranding 11 runners.

In game two, the Bobcats again opened a big lead but this time cruised to the victory. FSU jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead after the top of the first and never looked back.

Sophomore Amy Sarro laced a two-run single to open the scoring, and FSU added another run on a wild pitch and an error. Vance then capped the inning with a two-run double.

The Bobcats took an 8-0 advantage in the second when Jackson drilled a shot to right field that sailed over the fielder’s head and rolled to the fence for a three-run, inside-the-park home run.

Casazza earned the win in her collegiate debut, scattering four hits and striking out two in five innings.

Jackson went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the second game, while Foor singled, walked and scored twice.

FSU returns to action in this weekend's Ferrum Tournament at the Salem Sports Complex in Salem, Va. The Bobcats face Ferrum Friday at 2:00 p.m. before taking in Eastern Mennonite at 6:00 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu