Frostburg State tied two school records with a doubleheader sweep of La Roche Sunday afternoon at Redhawk Field. The Bobcats won the opener 8-0 in five innings and then held on for a 7-6 victory in the nightcap.
With the victories, FSU extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games, tying the school mark set last year. The Bobcats also improved to 20-9 overall, equaling the single-season school record for wins set in 1998 (20-8).
Additionally, FSU moved atop the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference standings with a 7-1 mark, one game in front of La Roche (6-10, 6-2).
In the opener, senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) fired a three-hitter to record her second shutout of the year and improve to 10-5. She struck out three and walked one.
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first when junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) singled and later scored on an infield error.
FSU added five more runs in the third to extend its advantage to 6-0. Senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) started the rally with a RBI-single, and freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) had her bases-loaded single roll past the outfielder to the fence to allow three more runs to score.
Potts later came home on a single by sophomore Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River).
The Bobcats made it 8-0 in the fifth when sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tripled and scored on a single by Potts.
After giving up singles to two of the first three batters she faced, Cook retired eight in a row. La Roche loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Cook used a fielder’s choice and a groundout to keep the Redhawks off the board.
Boswell went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, while Potts was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
In game two, FSU jumped out to a 6-1 lead and held off a late La Roche rally for the key win.
After spotting the Redhawks an unearned run in the bottom of the first, the Bobcats answered with two in the third to take the lead for good.
Sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) pulled FSU even with a sacrifice fly, and two La Roche errors led to another Bobcat run.
Brown smacked a two-run home run to highlight a four-run fourth inning, and she then tripled and scored on an error in the sixth as FSU opened a seemingly comfortable 7-2 cushion.
However, La Roche scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to close to within 7-5 and threatened again the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Kim Moore hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 7-6 contest, but Potts induced a groundout to end the game.
Potts improved to 10-4 on the year, giving up 10 hits and five earned runs in the complete-game win.
Brown finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored and was a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
"These were two huge wins for this team and for our program," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "We got great pitching from both Cook and Potts, excellent hitting throughout the lineup and some key defensive plays in game two to hold on. We have four AMCC games left and are in control of our own destiny as far as winning the regular-season title and the right to host the conference tournament for the first time ever."
The Bobcats return to action Wednesday when they host McDaniel for a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 pm.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303