MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. –
Frostburg State split a pair of games on its second day of the Snowbird Softball Classic Tuesday. The Bobcats dropped an 8-0 five-inning contest to William Woods before rebounding with a 2-1 win over Avila.
In the second game, Frostburg State (5-4) scored twice in the second and junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany/Allegany College of Maryland) allowed just three hits to make those runs stand up in the hard-fought victory.
Avila looked to get on the board first, placing runners at first and third with two outs in the second. However, the FSU defense came through with a big play, gunning down a runner attempting to score from third on a double steal.
The Bobcats got all the runs they would need in the bottom of the frame. Junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) tripled to start the inning, and junior Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) followed with a walk.
Cook helped her own cause with a sacrifice fly to score Brown, and Savoye alertly moved to second on the play. Junior Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) then laced a single to center to drive in Savoye and give FSU a 2-0 lead.
Both teams went scoreless for the next three innings before Avila pulled to within a run thanks to a home run by Alyshia Smith to start the sixth.
FSU looked to add insurance runs in the sixth but came up empty. Brown led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt by Savoye. Cook then reached on an infield single to put runners at second and third, but Avila starter Alysha Correa got a pop up and line out to end the threat.
Avila (18-2-1) had the tying run on base with one out in the seventh on a Bobcat error, but Cook induced a pair of ground outs to end the game.
Cook (2-2) struck out four and walked two in her second-complete game win in as many days.
Brown finished 2-for-3 with a triple, while Savoye was 1-for-1 with a walk, a sacrifice and a run scored.
In the opener, Ashley Windmiller went 2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBIs, while Nicole Devenport fired a no-hitter as William Woods posted the 8-0 victory.
The Owls (21-3) began the scoring in the second as Brooke Gastineau drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Lindsey Garrett.
William Woods tacked on two more runs in the third when Michelle Schaper tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Rachel Baker and Windmiller smacked a solo homer to right.
The Owls increased their lead to 4-0 in the fourth as Kelly McClure doubled and scored on an infield error, and they finished the Bobcats off with four more runs in the fifth.
Windmiller drilled a three-run shot over the left centerfield fence, and Laura Dooley singled and later scored on a double by Garrett to end the game early due to the eight-run rule.
The Bobcats managed just three base runners off of Devenport, who struck out four and walked two.
Sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits over four innings.
“I was very pleased with our focus and energy today against two teams with more than 20 games under their belts,” said Bobcat Head Coach Chris Starke. “William Woods knocked the cover off the ball and beat us up pretty well, but we rebounded and played an excellent game against Avila. Jen gave us another great effort in the circle, and our defense made some key plays at crucial times.”
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303