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Softball Blanked By Moravian

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Frostburg State was blanked by second-ranked Moravian 6-0 on the second day of the 2005 Atlantic vs. East Challenge Saturday morning at City View Park.

FSU's second game of the day versus Salisbury was cancelled due to rain.

Moravian junior Meagan Hennessy, a second-team All-American last season, allowed just two singles, walked three and struck out six over six innings to earn the victory.

The Bobcats (1-2) looked to score in the top of the first against the Greyhounds, last year's national runners-up, but came up empty.

Senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) drew a walk to start the game and tried to move to third on a two-out single by junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) but was thrown out to end the inning.

Moravian (2-1) took advantage of two Bobcat errors in the bottom of the first to score three unearned runs with two outs and never looked back. The Greyhounds added single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to complete the scoring.

FSU had another chance in the third when Boswell singled with two outs and moved to second on a throwing error. However, Hennessy ended the threat with a groundout.

Boswell walked again to start the sixth and moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany), but Hennessy induced two fly outs to once again squash any chance of a Bobcat rally.

Frostburg State junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown/Frederick CC) took the loss after allowing eight hits and two earned runs over four innings.

Junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany/Allegany College) gave up one run on three hits and struck out two in two innings of relief.

Boswell was 1-for-1 with two walks. FSU stranded five runners and has now left 21 on base in its first three games.

"Shannon and Jen both did their jobs throwing strikes, but we did little offensively and defensively to help them out," said Bobcat Head Coach Chris Starke. "We've been getting runners on base, but we haven't been able to get that key hit to get us going."

The Bobcats return to action next Saturday at the Ferrum Tournament to be held at the James Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va. FSU plays Guilford at 11 am and Ferrum at 1 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