Softball Stays Alive in AMCC Tournament With Comeback Win over Penn State Altoona
FROSTBURG, MD -
Frostburg State stayed alive in the 2004 AMCC Softball Championship, rallying from a 7-1 deficit to defeat Penn State Altoona 11-8.
The Bobcats (26-12) move on to face No. 3 Pitt-Bradford (20-6) in the championship round and would have to beat the Panthers twice to capture the title.
Trailing 7-1, Frostburg State scored three times in the third before taking the lead for good with four runs in the fourth. The Bobcats added some insurance with three more runs in the fifth.
Penn State Altoona (18-19) took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI-single by Stephanie Coombs, but FSU answered in the bottom of the inning as sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) reached on an error, moved to third on two passed balls and scored on a wild pitch.
The Lions then scored six times in the top of the third to take a seemingly commanding 7-1 advantage. Nicole Clapper drove in a run with an infield single and Dana Garman followed with an RBI-single to chase FSU senior starter Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany).
Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) came on in relief and retired the first batter she faced before giving up a run-scoring single to Ashley Funari and a three-run home run to Cristy McKernan.
The Bobcats immediately cut into their deficit by scoring three in the bottom of third to close to within 7-4.
Senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) and freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) smacked back-to-back singles to start the inning. Both runners moved up on a groundout and Secrest raced home on a throwing error on the play.
Brown then doubled to drive in Griswold, and, after stealing third, Brown scored on a single by Potts.
After quickly retiring the side in order in the fourth, the Bobcats then tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-7 edge.
Sophomore Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) started the rally with a lead-off single and moved to second one out later when Secrest singled.
Griswold added another single to plate Savoye, and Secrest and Griswold later scored on wild pitches.
Sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the inning to send in the go-ahead run.
FSU padded its lead to 11-7 in the fifth on a fielder's choice by sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) and two wild pitches.
In the seventh, Amanda Shomo smacked a solo home run for Penn State Altoona to complete the scoring.
Griswold finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Secreste went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Potts (14-5) earned the win in relief, allowing three runs on three hits in five innings.
Garman took the loss for the Lions after giving up eight runs - six earned - on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
"I am very proud of how we stayed together and rallied with the season on the line," said Bobcat head coach Chris Starke. "We knew we had plenty of time left in the game and just took it one run at a time. We came up with some key hits and took advantage of their mistakes, and Pottsy came in and did a great job in relief."
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303