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Softball Drops Doubleheader to Shawnee State
03/22/2004

Myrtle Beach, S.C. - Frostburg State dropped a doubleheader to NAIA opponent Shawnee State Monday at Socastee High School. Shawnee State took the first game, 7-0, and completed the sweep with an 8-0 win in six innings.

In the opener, Shawnee State (4-3) scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings and never looked back. SSU took a 3-0 lead in the first on five singles and a Bobcat error.

SSU then took advantage of three more FSU miscues in the second to add four more runs, all coming with two outs.

FSU (7-6) settled down and matched SSU through five scoreless innings. However, SSU’s Rhonda Sacks held the Bobcat offense in check, allowing just two hits. She retired the first 10 FSU batters before senior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) singled with one out in the fourth.

Freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) beat out an infield single with two outs in the sixth for FSU’s only other hit.

Bobcat senior Andria Cook (Crespatown, Md./Allegany) allowed nine hits and just two earned runs in a complete-game effort. She retired the final 15 batters in order.

In game two, Sacks was even tougher for SSU, firing a one-hitter.

The teams battled through two scoreless innings before SSU scored twice in the bottom of the third on a fielder’s choice and a sacrifice fly.

SSU then blew the game open with four runs in the fourth. Tia Walling laced a two-run double and FSU committed another error which led to two more unearned runs.

Kristi Barka drilled a two-out, two-run double in the sixth to bring the game to an early end due to the eight-run rule.

Senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) singled in the fourth for FSU’s lone hit, while sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) walked in the second for FSU’s only other baserunner.

Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) gave up 10 hits and six earned runs to fall to 3-3 on the season.

"SSU’s a solid all-around team," said Bobcat head coach Chris Starke. "They hit the ball all over the field, got some outstanding pitching and played excellent defense."

"We came out flat in game one and gave them five runs on errors before we settled down and played the way we know we are able. Game two was close early, but another error helped them to a big inning, which took the wind out of us. We need to start making some defensive plays in key situations if we expect to be competitive against tougher teams."

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday when they face Felician in a doubleheader at Socastee High School beginning at 10:30 am.

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