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Softball Drops Two to Lynchburg
03/27/2003

LYNCHBURG, VA — Frostburg State dropped a pair of games to host Lynchburg College Thursday afternoon. The Hornets looked to the strength in their pitching staff to blank the Bobcats, 4-0 and 3-0.

In game one, Lynchburg scored a run in the first inning aided by two Bobcat errors and tacked on another run in the second on an RBI single.

The Hornets gained some breathing room in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single to open a 4-0 advantage.

That was more than enough for Lynchburg senior Carla McAlister, who held the Bobcats to just two hits while striking out nine.

Junior Richelle Foor (Everett/Everett, Pa.) singled to lead off the second, but McAlister fanned the next three batters to end the threat.

FSU freshman Jessica Smith (Allegany/LaVale, Md.) singled with one out in the third and moved to second on a wild pitch, but FSU's next two batters struck out.

Sophomore Jen Vance (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) took the complete-game loss for the Bobcats. She allowed three earned runs and six hits.

In game two, the Hornets got on the board with two runs in the first inning before adding another in the sixth after a Bobcat three-base outfield error that was followed by a sacrifice fly.

The Bobcats trailed 2-0 but threatened in the fourth inning where sophomore Raelee Casazza (Miller Place/Miller Place, N.Y.) led off with a triple. Freshman Trish Brown (North Carroll/Manchester, Md.) then bloomed a single to left but Casazza was thrown at the plate on a tremendous play by the Lynchburg left fielder.

In the top of the seventh, Foor and freshman Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) hit back-to-back singles with one out, but Lynchburg's Brittany Edelen got two fly outs to end the game.

Edelen scatttered six hits and had six strikeouts on the day.

FSU freshman Katie Nelson (Chesapeake/Pasadena, Md.) took the loss. She gave up just five hits and two earned runs, and she struck out four while walking one.

"This was our toughest opponent of the season," said head coach Chris Starke. "I thought we played our best games to date, but Lynchburg just threw two excellent pitchers at us. We had two great pitching performances by Jen and Katie, but Lynchburg held our offense in check."

The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, March 29 when they visit Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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