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Softball Drops AMCC Doubleheader to La Roche
04/27/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State closed out its home schedule by dropping a doubleheader to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference foe La Roche. The Redhawks took the opener, 5-2, and smacked four home runs en route to an 8-0 win in game two.

La Roche, which improved to 24-4-1 overall and 11-1 in the AMCC, captured their fourth straight conference regular-season title and will host the AMCC Tournament this Friday and Saturday.

The Bobcats, who had their school-record seven-game winning steak snapped, fell to 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the AMCC and will be the fourth seed in the double-elimination tournament.

La Roche and Frostburg State will meet in the opening game of the AMCC Tournament Friday at 10:00 am. No. 2 Penn State Altoona (17-9-1, 10-2) and No. 3 Pitt-Bradford (11-17, 6-4) will play in Friday's second contest at noon.

In game one, the Redhawks opened a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI-double by Jamie Stratthaus before the Bobcats countered in the bottom of the inning when sophomore Raelee Casazza (Miller Place/Miller Place, N.Y.) drew a two-out walk and scored on double by junior Marsha Moats (South Hagerstown/Hagerstown, Md.).

The Redhawks moved in front for good with two unearned runs in the fifth. With two outs and runners at second and third, a flyball to centerfield was dropped, allowing both runners to score.

La Roche tacked on two more unearned runs in the sixth to open some breathing room. The Bobcats got a run back on a bases-loaded groundout by junior Shannon McQuillan (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding).

Sophomore Jen Vance (Mt. Savage, Md./Fort Hill) was the tough-luck loser to FSU, allowing eight hits and just one earned run in a complete-game effort.

La Roche junior Amy Kurtz gave up five hits and two runs to claim the victory.

In game two, La Roche scored seven runs over the first three innings with help from three home runs, including two from Amber Mattix.

Byerly blasted a two-run, line-drive homer in the first, and Mattix smacked a solo shot to start the second.

The Redhawks then added four more runs in the third, highlighted by Mattix's two-out, three-run blast.

Christal Delgado added a solo shot in the fourth to make it 8-0, and game ended after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Kurtz held FSU to just one hit, a two-out single by junior Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett).

Casazza fell to 2-2 on the year after allowing seven runs — only three earned — and three home runs in three innings for the Bobcats.

"La Roche showed today why they've won four straight league titles," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "Key errors and walks hurt us in game one, and they just took it to us in game two. I'm glad we get another shot at them on Friday; we're looking forward to putting together a better performance."

The Bobcats wrap up their regular season with a doubleheader at McDaniel on Tuesday at 3:00 pm.

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