FAYETTEVILLE, NC –
Frostburg State opened the 2004 season by winning one of three games on the first day of the Methodist College Early Bird Tournament Friday at Veteran’s Park.
In the first game, the Bobcats dropped a hard-fought 2-1 contest to Lynchburg. The teams battled through four scoreless innings before FSU scratched a run across in the top of the fifth.
With one out, senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) singled, and freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) followed with a walk. Freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) then reached on an error to load the bases, and senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, Md./Guilderland) hit into a fielder’s choice to score Secrest.
However, the Hornets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead. Laura Gonder singled to start the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored when Christy Mays’ sinking liner to center was mishandled. Mays later came home on a suicide squeeze bunt to give Lynchburg a 2-1 lead.
Larissa Rocher struck out the side in the top of the seventh to close out the win.
Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) suffered the loss for the Bobcats despite allowing just three hits and no earned runs in a complete-game effort.
Senior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) went 3-for-3, while Secrest finished 2-for-3 with a run.
"Andria pitched a great game against an excellent ball club, but Lynchburg came through with some clutch plays," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "We played extremely well for our first game of the year and just came up short."
In their second game, the Bobcats fell to No. 12 Methodist 9-1 in five innings.
The Monarchs, who were 38-10 and advanced to the NCAA region final last year, capitalized on a pair of FSU errors to jump out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Jennifer Patrick laced a two-run double down the right field line to spark the outburst.
Ashley Abrams smacked a solo inside-the-park home run to highlight a three-run third, and Methodist added another run on two Bobcat miscues in the fourth to open an 8-0 lead.
FSU got on the board in the fifth when junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) drew a pinch-hit walk with one out, moved to third on a double by Griswold and scored on a wild pitch.
Methodist closed out the game early when Patrick smacked a two-out RBI-double to left center.
Junior Audra Gustafson held the Bobcats to one run on three hits over five innings for the win, while Potts took the loss after giving up six earned runs on five hits in three innings.
"Methodist showed whey it’s the preseason No. 12 team," said Starke. "We helped them out with a few miscues, but they knocked the ball around and took advantage of our mistakes."
FSU picked up its first win of the year in its third game of the day, pounding out 13 hits in a 6-1 victory over St. Joseph’s (N.Y.).
The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first when Moats led off by reaching on an error and later scored on a single by sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll).
FSU increased its advantage to 3-0 in the third with RBI-singles from Potts and sophomore Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett), and Moats tripled and scored on an outfield error in the fourth to give the Bobcats a 4-0 cushion.
The Golden Eagles got on the board with an unearned run in the top of the fifth before FSU closed out the scoring with two more runs in the bottom of the frame.
Potts led off with a double to right center, moved to third on a groundout and came home on a single by Burner. Burner later scored on a single by Moats.
Potts (1-1) scattered seven hits and allowed one unearned run over seven innings to pick up her first collegiate win. She struck out two and walked one and also helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a RBI.
Moats went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base, while Burner was 2-for-2 with two RBI, a walk and a run scored. Brown and Boswell also added two hits apiece.
"Playing three games on the first day is tough on any team, but we did a nice job of rebounding from losses to two excellent squads and got a great team effort against St. Joe’s," said Starke. "Pottsy pitched very well, and our offense finally got going."
The Bobcats return to action Saturday when they face North Carolina Wesleyan at 8:00 am and York (Pa.) at 10:00 am.
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