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Softball Sweeps Medaille in AMCC Opener
03/26/2006

FROSTBURG, Md. - The Frostburg State softball team swept Medaille Sunday afternoon to open Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play. FSU took game one 2-1 in nine innings and won game two 5-3.

The Bobcats improved to 5-7 overall and 2-0 in the AMCC while Medaille fell to 6-6 overall and 0-2 on league action.

In game one, senior pitcher Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) was brilliant, striking out 16 of the 29 batters she faced to earn the win.

The Bobcats got on the board first in the third inning when senior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) doubled home sophomore Meghan Dabkowski (Eastnorthport, N.Y./Commack) to take a 1-0 lead. Medaille tied the game in the top of the fourth when Shannon Superczynski scored on a wild pitch.

MC threatened in the bottom of the seventh. After a single and a FSU error put runners at first and second, Shannon O’Brien singled to center field and appeared to score Kim Benway. However, junior Amanda Griswold’s (Rockville, Md./Magruder) throw to the plate was in time allowing sophomore Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County) to tag Benway for the first out of the inning. Cook then recorded a strike out and Griswold made a diving catch in center to end the inning.

The game remained in a 1-1 deadlock until the bottom of the ninth when freshman Lydia Ratliff (Brandywine, Md./Grace Brethern) singled home classmate Molly Bryden (Rock Hall, Md./Kent County) to lift FSU to a 2-1 victory.

In game two, Frostburg State took an early 1-0 lead when Brown singled home Baldwin. Medaille again answered in the following inning when Michelle Peruzzini singled home Sara Lewis.

In the fifth, senior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) gave FSU a 2-1 lead with an RBI single that scored Griswold. The Mavericks took the lead in the sixth inning after scoring two runs. Lauren Smith hit a two-out RBI double to right center that scored Benway and Maggie Wilcox.

In the sixth inning, Baldwin doubled to left field scoring seniors Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and Jessica Smith (LaVale, Md./Allegany) to give the Bobcats a 4-3 advantage. FSU added an insurance run two batters later when Seyler singled home Baldwin to extend the lead to 5-3.

Seyler was the starting pitcher in game two, lasting 3.0 innings while allowing one run on two hits. Cook earned her fifth win of the season, tossing 4.0 innings in relief giving up two runs on four hits.

FSU returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Shenandoah for a doubleheader at 2:30 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