PITTSBURGH, Pa. —
Frostburg State dropped a pair of narrow decisions to La Roche in a battle of the top two teams in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tuesday afternoon at Redhawk Field.
La Roche came from behind late in both contests, winning the opener 3-2 and rallying for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the nightcap 6-5.
The Bobcats saw their season-high six-game win streak snapped and fell to 16-13 overall and 11-3 in the AMCC.
The Redhawks improved to 24-4-1 overall and 15-1 in the AMCC and clinched first place as well as hosting rights for the upcoming AMCC Tournament scheduled for May 6-8.
In the opener, FSU took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI ground out by senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and held its slight edge until the sixth when La Roche rallied for three runs off Bobcat junior starter Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany), ending her scoreless streak at 25 innings.
The Bobcats closed to within 3-2 in the seventh on a run-scoring ground out by junior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) but fell short in their comeback attempt.
Cook allowed three runs and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings to fall to 7-6 on the year.
In the nightcap, FSU took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but the Redhawks scored three in sixth and two more in the seventh to pull out the victory. In the deciding final inning, senior Crystal Delgado tied the game with an RBI single and then scored the winning run on a single by junior Katie Heckert.
La Roche took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout before FSU moved ahead with two runs in the third. Cook singled and scored on a double by junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll), who later came home on a ground out by freshman Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County).
In the fourth, Brown hit her second three-run home run in four games to give FSU a seemingly comfortable 5-1 cushion before La Roche rallied in the final two frames.
Junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) went the first five innings and also faced four batters in the sixth before giving way to sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley), who suffered the loss in relief to fall to 4-2 on the year.
FSU returns to action this Friday and Saturday with a pair of key AMCC road doubleheaders. The Bobcats will play at Medaille (14-14, 9-5) Friday at 3 pm before visiting Pitt-Bradford (18-10-1, 11-5) Saturday at 1 pm.
All three teams are vying for the No. 2 seed in the AMCC Tournament and a bye into the double-elimination final four portion. The next four seeds will play a single-elimination contest with No. 3 facing No. 6 and No. 3 taking on No. 4 for the right to advance to the double elimination round.
The dates, times and locations of the play-in games will be determined Tuesday, May 3.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303