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Softball Has AMCC Title Hopes Dashed With Loss to Pitt-Bradford
04/18/2002

ALTOONA, PA — Pitt-Bradford posted a 6-4 win over Frostburg State Wednesday in the completion of a game suspended last Sunday due to rain, and in doing so, earned the fourth and final berth into this weekend's Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament.

A Bobcat win (8-11-1, 5-6-1) would have given FSU the No. 4 seed in the tournament, which will be played at regular-season champion La Roche in Pittsburgh.

The Panthers (11-8, 7-5 AMCC), who defeated the Bobcats, 12-5, on Sunday in game one at Bradford, held a 6-4 lead in the nightcap before rain stopped the contest in the top of the third.

The teams resumed play yesterday on the campus of Penn State Altoona with FSU having runners at first and third with two outs. Bradford quickly put an end to the threat by throwing out a baserunner on an attempted steal.

The Bobcats (8-11-1, 5-6-1) looked to rally in the fourth, putting runners on second and third with no outs. However, the Panthers came up with another big defensive play, gunning down a runner at the plate and getting two fly outs to escape the inning.

FSU had runners at first and third with two outs in the fifth but were again held off the scoreboard. Panther reliever Heather Nelson then retired five of the last six batters to secure the win.

In game two action played Sunday, Pitt-Bradford jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Nicole Spindler hit a two-rin single and Lindsay Wagner added a two-run triple to highlight the outburst.

The Panthers added another run in the second on Sara Kokonovich's RBI-single before FSU rallied with four runs in the third.

Freshman Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) put the Bobcats on the board with a run-scoring ground out, and sophomore Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) later scored on a wild pitch. Senior Krissy Jackson (Frostburg, Md./Beall) followed with an RBI-double and later stole home to make it a 6-4 game.

Umpires then suspended the game due to heavy rains.

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