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Softball Defeats, Ties Pitt-Greensburg in AMCC Action

CUMBERLAND, MD — Frostburg State picked up a win and a tie against Pitt-Greensburg in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon at Cavanaugh Field.

FSU won the opener, 10-2 in five innings, before tying UPG, 10-10, in a wild nightcap that was called after seven innings due to darkness.

In game one, FSU (4-5-1, 1-0-1 AMCC) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning without recording a hit as UPG walked six batters and committed three errors.

Senior Krissy Jackson (Frostburg, Md./Beall) and sophomore Amber Blackmire (Hebron, Md./Mardela) each drew bases-loaded walks, and freshman Alana Mantovani (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills) followed with a sacrifice fly. Two more FSU runs came home on Pitt-Greensburg miscues.

FSU increased its lead to 7-0 in the second as freshman Jen Vance (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) scored on an error and Blackmire crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Pitt-Greensburg (0-10-1, 0-7-1) scored unearned runs in the third and fourth before Jackson drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to end the game early due to the eight-run rule.

Vance (2-3) earned the complete-game victory after scattering five hits and allowing two unearned runs while striking out five.

UPG sophomore Ashlie Burkholder gave up just four hits and four earned runs, but she was hurt by 11 walks and seven Pitt-Greensburg errors.

In the second contest, FSU took an 8-4 lead into the sixth inning but needed a game-tying single by Jackson with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to salvage the 10-10 tie.

Pitt-Greensburg threw out Vance at the plate as she tried to score on Jackson's hit, and the game was called due to darkness immediately following the play.

FSU took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-double by Jackson, and the Bobcats added two more runs in the second on a UPG error and a bases-loaded walk by Vance.

Pitt-Greensburg pulled even behind a three-run third, but Frostburg State opened a seemingly comfortable 8-3 lead with five unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. UPG committed two more errors, and Vance smacked a two-run triple to highlight the outburst.

Frostburg State took a 9-6 lead into the seventh but watched as Pitt-Greensburg scored four times to move in front.

Melissa Wiggins began the rally with an RBI-single, and UPG tied the game on an infield throwing error that allowed two runs to score. Jen Sutlic then laced a run-scoring single to center to give the visitors their first lead of the day.

FSU managed to pull even in its last at-bat. Sophomore Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) drew a one-out walk, and Vance reached on an error to put runners at first and second.

With two outs, Jackson singled to plate Zych with the tying run, but Vance was tagged out at home trying to score from first after the ball was bobbled in the outfield.

FSU returns to action on Saturday when it visits Penn State Altoona for an AMCC doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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