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Softball Splits With Shenandoah
03/18/2005

Winchester, Va. - Frostburg State split a doubleheader at Shenandoah Thursday afternoon, dropping the opener 8-5 before rebounding for an 11-4 victory in game two.

In game one, the Bobcats (2-3) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) singled and later scored on an infield error.

Shenandoah (3-3) rallied with five runs with two outs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-1 advantage, but the Bobcats pulled even with four runs in the top of the third.

Junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany/Allegany College of Maryland) laced a two-run single, junior Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) hit a sacrifice fly and junior Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) added an RBI-single.

The Hornets quickly countered with two runs in the home half of the inning to take the lead for good. Freshman Tana Bartek tripled to start the frame and scored on a passed ball, and sophomore Melissa Landon added a run-scoring single to make it a 7-5 contest.

Shenandoah closed out the scoring in the fourth as freshman Kristin Windle smacked a two-out double, moved to third on a wild pitch and stole home.

Cook went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and freshman Meghan Dabkowski (Eastnorthport, N.Y./Commack) also collected two hits apiece.

Cook (0-2) took the loss in relief, allowing three runs on four hits over the final four innings.

FSU salvaged the split by winning the nightcap behind a strong offensive attack and the pitching of freshman Kate Rowley (Hanover, Md./Meade).

The Bobcats pounded out 16 hits and scored in every inning but the sixth, and Rowley scattered seven hits and allowed four runs while striking out three in a complete-game win, her first collegiate victory.

Boswell got FSU started with a leadoff single and later scored on a single by junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll).

Shenandoah took the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring three times on an RBI-single by freshman Alyssa Chapman, a run-scoring triple by freshman Sheryl Wilson and a squeeze bunt by Windle.

The Bobcats pulled even with two runs in the second. Potts singled and later scored on an infield throwing error, and junior Meredith Remus (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air/WVU) added an RBI-single to tie the game at 3.

FSU took a 5-3 lead in the third on run-scoring singles by junior Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and Savoye, and Dixon added another RBI-single in the fourth to make it a 6-3 Bobcat cushion.

Shenandoah closed to within 6-4 on a double steal in the fourth, but the Bobcats blew the game open with a three-run fifth. Boswell grounded out to plate a run and Brown laced a two-run single to give FSU a 9-4 advantage.

The Bobcats closed out the scoring in the seventh on an RBI-triple by Brown and groundout by freshman Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County).

After allowing three runs on four hits in the first, Rowley settled in, scattering three hits over the final six innings.

Brown paced the FSU offense in game two, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs, three runs scored and a walk. Five other Bobcats collected two hits.

FSU returns to action next week with eight games in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Bobcats start the trip Monday when they take on Wells at 9:30 am and Emmanuel at 11:30 am.

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