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Softball Drops Two on Final Day of Snowbird Classic
03/24/2005

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Frostburg State dropped its final two games of the Snowbird Softball Classic Thursday morning. The Bobcats began the day with a 6-0 loss to Division II West Virginia State before falling to Gettysburg 8-1 in their second contest.

In the opener, Frostburg State (5-6) battled West Virginia State through two scoreless innings before the Yellow Jackets got on the board in the third.

Jessica Osborne drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on an infield single. She then scored on a sacrifice fly in left field foul territory.

FSU looked to rally in the fourth, placing runners at first and second on back-to-back two-out singles by senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and sophomore Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder). However, WVSU starter Jessica Godby recorded a strikeout to end the threat.

The Yellow Jackets then blew the game open with five runs over the final three innings.

WVSU plated two runs in the fifth on an RBI-triple and a solo home run and added two more in the sixth on another solo homer followed by a triple and an error.

The Yellow Jackets capped the day with a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Godby pitched a complete game for WVSU, scattering seven hits and striking out seven while walking one.

Bobcat junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings. She is now 1-2 on the season.

Boswell went 2-for-4 for FSU, which stranded seven runners on base.

In the second game of the day, Gettysburg (6-1-1) took control early, scoring three times in the first and two more in the second to open a 5-0 lead.

Frostburg State had its chances in the early going but stranded two runners in both the first and second innings.

The Bullets added two more runs in the fifth on an RBI-triple and a throwing error to build a 7-0 cushion.

The Bobcats finally got on the board in the sixth when junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) singled and came home on a triple by sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley).

Gettysburg capped the scoring in the bottom of the sixth on another run-scoring triple.

Megan Howlett held FSU to one run on five hits and struck out four in a complete-game win for the Bullets.

Junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) took the loss for the Bobcats after allowing seven runs on eight hits. She struck out five and walked two in falling to 2-3 on the year.

“We struggled in every aspect of the game today,” said FSU Head Coach Chris Starke. “We missed some opportunities to score early in both games, and perhaps that would have changed the tide a bit. We’re not the kind of team that can get runs at will, so we have to get it done primarily with our pitching and defense.”

FSU finished its spring break trip with a 3-3 record.

“We did a lot of good things both on and off the field this week,” Starke added. “We had several excellent pitching performances and made some great defensive plays, and, perhaps more importantly, we really came together as a team. All in all, it was a very good experience for us.”

The Bobcats return to action Tuesday when they visit Bridgewater (Va.) for a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 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