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Bobcats Sweep Penn State Altoona with Pair of One-Run Wins

Altoona, Pa. ... Frostburg State used timely hitting, strong pitching and solid defense to sweep host Penn State Altoona, 1-0 and 3-2, Tuesday afternoon in Altoona.

The Bobcats won their season-high fifth straight game and improved to 14-15 on the year.

In the opener, the Bobcats scored the game's lone run when senior Renee Knotts laced a RBI-single in the second. Seniors Amber Waltz and Krissy Jackson began the inning with back-to-back singles before Knotts drove a pitch into center field to plate Waltz.

That would be all Bobcat freshman Mandy Kessinger would need, as she held the Cougars to just four hits, including none in the first three innings.

Penn State Altoona threatened in the fourth with runners on second and third with two outs, but Kessinger ended the inning with one of her four strikeouts. The Cougars had just one runner reach third base in the game.

The teams combined for just nine hits, of which eight were singles.

Cougar hurler Kristy Confer scattered five hits and struck out five while walking one in the tough loss.

In the second game, junior Katie Harrington knocked in the game-winning run with a single in the sixth inning to give FSU the 3-2 victory.

Freshman Lora Thomas led off the sixth with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. One out later, Harrington laced a single to left.

The Bobcats got on the board in the first inning when freshman Stephanie Zych led off with a walk and moved to third on a throwing error following Harrington's bunt single. One out later, Waltz hit a sacrifice fly to score Zych to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars tied it in the bottom of the inning on a single and a Bobcat throwing error before taking a 2-1 lead in the third on a passed ball.

Frostburg State forged another tie on Zych's bases-loaded walk in the fourth.

Altoona threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting runners on first and third with no outs. But, FSU used some sharp defensive play to hold the lead, picking off the runner at third on a delayed steal and recording another out at third on a fielder's choice.

Knotts allowed just three hits and two unearned runs in six innings of work to improve to 6-6. She also struck out five.

Kessinger retired the side in the seventh to record her first career save.

Thomas was 3-for-4 and scored twice in the nightcap, while Harrington added a pair of hits. Zych drew a game-high three walks.

Frostburg State returns to action tomorrow when it visits Western Maryland for a 3:00 p.m. doubleheader.

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