BRADFORD, PA - Frostburg State posted a crucial doubleheader sweep of defending AMCC champion Pitt-Bradford Saturday afternoon at Panther Field.
The Bobcats pounded out a season-high 16 hits in a 9-4 victory in game one and then claimed an exciting 1-0 win in the nightcap to complete the sweep.
In the opener, FSU (16-9, 3-1 AMCC) took control early, opening a 6-0 lead after three innings.
The Bobcats scored three times in the first as sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) laced a run-scoring double and then scored on a single by sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Sophomore Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) later drove in Dixon with a single.
FSU added two more runs in the second to take a 5-0 advantage. Senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) led off with single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on an infield error. Dixon knocked in another run with a fielder’s choice.
Sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) laced a two-out RBI-single in the third to give the Bobcats a 6-0 cushion, and Brown doubled and scored on a passed ball in the fourth to make it a 7-0 contest.
Pitt-Bradford (12-4, 4-2) scored three times on three hits and two FSU errors in the fourth, but the Bobcats countered with two runs in the top of the sixth on an error and a sacrifice fly to move ahead 9-3.
The Panthers, who had their seven-game winning streak snapped, capped the scoring with another unearned run in the sixth.
Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) allowed six hits and no earned runs in her 12th complete game of the season. She is now 8-5 on the year.
Freshman Kristy Zavinski (7-1) took the loss after allowing all 16 hits and seven earned runs.
Brown finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, three runs scored and walk, while Secrest was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
"We got the bats going early, and Andria pitched a great game," said Bobcat head coach Chris Starke. "Our defense was very shaky, but we made up for it at the plate."
Game two turned out to be a pitcher’s duel between Bobcat freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and Panther sophomore Alison Bricker.
The two matched each other through six scoreless innings before FSU finally struck in the top of the seventh.
With two outs, Bobcat freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) laced a double, and senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) followed with a single to right to give FSU a 1-0 lead.
UPB threatened in the bottom of the inning, placing runners on second and third with none out.
However, Potts showed excellent composure and used two infield flyouts and a strikeout to end the game and earn her second career shutout.
Potts scattered four hits, struck out four and walked none to improve to 8-4 on the season.
Bricker allowed seven hits and one earned run in the tough loss.
Griswold was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Zych was 2-for-3 with a RBI.
"That was simply an outstanding college softball game," said Starke. "Gris and Zych came up with two big hits for us at the end, and Pottsy pitched like a senior in what was a big game."
The Bobcats return to action Monday when they travel to La Roche for another key AMCC doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm.
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