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Softball Falls to Misericordia in the ECAC Championship First Round
05/06/2004

DALLAS, PA - The Frostburg State softball team fell to the No. 3 seed College Misericordia 6-2 in the opening round of the ECAC Southern Region championships, Wednesday in Dallas, Pa.

The Bobcats (26-14), seeded sixth, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but could not hold on as the Cougars took advantage of a four-run fifth inning to move on to the ECAC Southern Region Final Four.

Misericordia (33-10) was led by Tiffany Gray, who drove in two runs in the bottom of the third after the Bobcats led 2-0 early on a two-out single.

She also added another RBI-single in the fourth starting the four-run rally and giving the Cougars a 6-2 lead.

On the mound for the Cougars, Rachael Matthews allowed two runs on six hits as she went all seven innings in the victory.

In the third, the Bobcats grabbed the 2-0 lead as sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) drove in both runs on a two-out bases-loaded double. The Bobcats attempted to score three on Dixon’s double, but sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) was thrown out at home on a perfect relay from outfield to home.

In the fifth Misericordia took control with four runs, knocking Bobcat starter, freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) out of the game.

Potts went four and one-third innings allowing six runs on eight hits. Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) replaced Potts, throwing one and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Misericordia scoring was capped off by Kristen Lazorka’s two-run double.

The Bobcats, who were making their first-ever post-season appearance in the program’s nine-year history, finish the season with 26 wins, the most in program history.

"We competed and played hard today against a very good team," said head coach Chris Starke. "Some of the their hits fell where ours didn't. We are very happy with our performance this season and look forward to next season as this was just the first step for the FSU softball program."

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