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Softball Sweeps Lake Erie for Fifth-Straight Win
04/13/2003

PAINESVILLE, OH — The Bobcats,(11-8), dominated Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Lake Erie College on Sunday, cruising to a 25-1 victory in game one and seizing game two 15-1. The wins extended FSU's streak to five and notched its AMCC record to 5-3.

In game one, the Bobcats got off to a great start with four hits. Freshman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) had a RBI single and freshman Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) hit a three-run home run.

FSU added two more in the second inning. Brown walked on two-outs and then scored on Martin's single and a two-base error. The Red and Black then tacked-on four more in the third when junior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, Md./Guilderland) hit a two-run single.

The Bobcats added four more in the fourth and then blew the game open with an 11-run fifth inning that included five walked batters.

The Storm managed to get on the board and avoid a shutout when sophomore Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) allowed an unearned run in the fifth.

Casazza went the distance allowing two hits, walking two and striking-out three. FSU had 17 hits and two errors, while Lake Erie had two hits and six errors.

Zych and Brown were each 3-5 with three runs and a walk, while Martin went 3-4, including a home run and two singles.

In game two, FSU scored two runs in the first inning and then blew thing open with a seven-run second inning that was highlighted by Martin's second three-run home run of the day.

The Bobcats tacked-on three more in the third and closed things out with three more in the eighth, highlighted by freshman Jess Smith's (Allegheny/LaVale, Md.) two-run single.

Again, Lake Erie got its lone run in the fifth on an unearned run.

Freshman Katie Nelson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) took the win for the Bobcats. Nelson pitched five innings, allowing just three hits and striking-out nine of the 17 batters she faced.

Casazza was walked three times, including being hit twice and scored three runs. Zych had two singles, one walk and three runs and Nelson had two singles, two walks and two runs.

Frostburg State had ten hits and one error while the Storm had just three hits and four errors.

"We played with a lot of focus these past two days in what is a crucial part of our season," said head coach Chris Starke. "We're starting to get our offense, defense and pitching aligned positively."

The Bobcats return to action on Monday, April 14, when the visit AMCC opponent Pitt-Greensburg for a double-header beginning at 3:00 pm.

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