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Softball Sweeps Eastern Mennonite
03/25/2003

FROSTBURG, MD — In game one, FSU took an 11-2 lead before EMU rallied back with nine runs to tie. The Bobcats scored five runs in the top of the 7th to win 16-11. In game two, the Red and Black went on a 16-run spree in the first inning that allowed them to cruise to the 17-1 win.

FSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning when freshman Trish Brown (North Carroll/Manchester, Md.) hit a two-run triple. Brown then scored on a single by junior Richelle Foor (Everett/Everett, Pa.).

Freshman Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) then singled and moved to second base on an error by the left fielder, letting Foor come around to score.

Next, junior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) doubled to score Martin and she later scored on a throwing error.

EMU got two back in the bottom of the first on a two-out, two-run double.

The Bobcats had another run in the second on an RBI single by Foor then added four runs in the third inning, highlighted by sophomore Raelee Casazza's (Miller Place/Miller Place, N.Y.) two-run triple.

EMU managed to score twice in the fourth on another two-out, two-run double then pulled even with seven runs in the fifth inning, aided by two Bobcat errors.

Bobcat bats came back alive in the top of the seventh inning as they scored five times, all with two outs. Foor knocked the go-ahead run with a two-out single and Martin followed with a key two-run double. Zych then drove in another run with a single and scored on an outfield error to cap the rally.

Foor was 5-5, had 3 RBI and two runs scored. Casazza was 4-5, had one double, one triple, knocked in two and scored four times. Martin, 3-4, had two RBI, two doubles and scored twice.

FSU had 16 runs on 20 hits with three errors, while EMU had 11 runs on 14 hits with 5 errors. Freshman Katie Nelson (Chesapeake/Pasadena, Md.) took the win and is now 2-1. She allowed only four earned runs, walked two and struck-out five.

In game two, the Bobcats sent 20 batters to the plate in the first inning in a 16-run outburst. Foor had two singles and junior Marsha Moats (South Hagerstown/Hagerstown, Md.) had two doubles. FSU capitalized on six EMU walks and three errors.

Zych doubled twice in the win and Casazza went the distance, scattering five hits. FSU had 17 runs on 10 hits and made one error. EMU had one run on five hits and made three errors.

"We took a big lead, but let-up when we lost our focus," said head coach Chris Starke. "We allowed EMU to battle back, but I was proud of how we regained composure and sealed the win in the seventh. In game two, we came out ready to go from the start. We gave Raelee [Casazza] a big cushion to work with and she pitched very effectively."

The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday, March 26 when they visit Shenandoah for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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