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Softball Begins AMCC Tournament With Shutout of Penn State Altoona

FROSTBURG, MD - Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) tossed a three-hit shutout to lead top-seeded Frostburg State to a 5-0 win over No. 4 Penn State Altoona in the opening game of the 2004 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Softball Championship Friday morning at Bobcat Field.

Potts, who retired 15 of the first 16 batters she faced, allowed singles in the second, sixth and seventh innings. Penn State Altoona’s best scoring chance came in the sixth as Cristy McKernan singled with two outs and Megan Mitruski and Jen Patishnock followed with back-to-back walks.

However, Potts retired clean-up hitter Amanda Shomo on an infield popup to end the threat. Potts improved to 13-5 on the season with her school-record fifth shutout of the season.

FSU (25-11) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) led off with a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster).

The Bobcats added another run in the third as senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) started the inning with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and scored on a ground out by sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany).

FSU opened a 3-0 lead in the fourth when Brown singled later scored on a wild pitch.

The Bobcats completed the scoring in the sixth. Dixon began the inning with a single, and senior pinch-runner Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) came home on a single by sophomore Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River). Savoye later scored on a wild pitch.

Dixon was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Brown was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Nicole Clapper went 2-for-3 for the Lions. Sophomore Dana Garman allowed five runs on eight hits in a complete-game effort.

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