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Softball Drops AMCC Twinbill to Penn State Altoona
04/03/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State dropped a pair of games to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Penn State Altoona Thursday, falling 8-5 in the opener before losing 3-1 in the nightcap.

In game one, the Lions (11-7-1, 4-0 AMCC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a bases-loaded infield error.

The Bobcats (6-7, 0-2) answered in the bottom of the frame when junior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) led off with a double and scored on a two-out infield miscue.

Penn State Altoona took control with a four-run third inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Ashley Jones.

Frostburg State pulled to within 5-2 in the fourth as freshman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) doubled, moved to third on a flyout and scored on a single by junior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland).

The Lions scored three more times in the sixth to open an 8-2 lead, but the Bobcats answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.

With one out, freshman Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) singled and Zych followed with a walk. One out later, freshman Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) doubled to plate Martin, and sophomore Kristy Sipes (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) singled to score Zych and Savoye.

However, Lion starter Amanda Rourke retired the Bobcats in order in the seventh to preserve the victory. She allowed nine hits and four earned runs while striking out six in the complete-game effort.

Bobcat sophomore starter Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings to fall to 1-1 on the year.

In the nightcap, Penn State Altoona scored twice in the first and held off the Bobcats the rest of the way for the 3-1 win.

The Lions opened with back-to-back singles by Ashley Jones and Rourke, and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt. Jones then came home on a passed ball, and Rourke scored on a double by Toni Boscaino.

Frostburg State cut its deficit in half in the third when freshman Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) led off the inning with her first career home run over the left field fence.

Penn State Altoona added an insurance run in the fifth thanks to a pair of Bobcat errors, and FSU tried to pull even but squandered opportunities in the fifth and seventh. The Bobcats stranded two runners in the fifth and another in the seventh.

Lion freshman Dana Garman held FSU to just one run on three hits, outdueling Bobcat freshman Katie Nelson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake), who allowed two earned runs on seven hits and struck out four.

"I was proud of how we held tough in both games against a team that advanced to the AMCC championship last season," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "However, we made eight errors as well as several other mental mistakes that just can't happen for us to win."

The Bobcats will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Pitt-Bradford for an AMCC twinbill starting at 1:00 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