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Softball Drops Doubleheader to Pitt-Bradford

BRADFORD, Pa. - Frostburg State wrapped up its regular season by dropping an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader at Pitt-Bradford by scores of 3-2 and 14-13 (eight innings) Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats fell to 16-17 overall and 11-7 in the AMCC with their sixth straight loss, four of which have come by a single run. FSU is guaranteed the No. 4 seed in the upcoming AMCC Tournament and must beat the still-to-be-determined No. 5 seed in a single play-in game.

The date, time and location of that play-in game has not been decided. The winner will advance to the double-elimination championship tournament to be hosted by La Roche May 6-8.

The two-time defending conference tournament champion Panthers improved to 20-11-1 overall and 13-5 in league play and secured the No. 2 seed in the AMCC Tournament.

In game one, Pitt-Bradford jumped out to an early 2-0 in the first. With two outs, Brittany McLean tripled and scored on a double by Calista Walker, who then scored on a Kristy Zavinksi single.

Those would be the only two runs of the game until the fifth, when the Panthers added what would be the deciding run. Cassandra Walker tripled to start the inning, and Catrina Retterer singled one out later to give UPB a 3-0 lead.

FSU looked to rally in the sixth when sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) doubled and junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) walked. However, Zavinksi worked out of the jam with a fly out and an inning-ending double play.

The Bobcats finally got to Zavinksi with two runs in the seventh, but it was too little too late. Sophomore Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) doubled with one out and scored on a single by junior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville). Senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) then followed with a single and both Seyler and Boswell moved up on a passed ball.

Freshman Kate Rowley (Hanover, Md./Meade) hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to plate Seyler and bring the Bobcats to within 3-2, but Zavinksi induced a ground out to end the game.

Zavinksi allowed seven hits and two earned runs in the complete-game effort, while Bobcat junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) also went the distance and gave up nine hits and three earned runs.

Boswell and Potts both finished 2-for-4 for FSU, while McLean led UPB with a 3-for-3 performance at the plate.

While pitching and defense highlighted the opener, the nightcap was the exact opposite as the teams combined for 27 runs, 24 hits and eight errors in the thrilling offensive battle.

Frostburg State opened a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI groundout by Brown and a wild pitch that scored Potts, who doubled earlier in the inning.

The Panthers answered with one in the bottom half on Calista Walker's sacrifice fly, but Seyler got the run back with a lead-off homer in the third, the first of her career.

UPB exploded in the fourth, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven times with the help of two Bobcat miscues.

An error and a bases-loaded walk pulled the Panthers even before McLean drilled a two-out grand slam over the rightcenter field fence. Calista Walker and Zavinski followed with back-to-back doubled to give the Panthers an 8-3 cushion.

FSU quickly regrouped and scored three in the fifth and two more in the sixth to knot the score at 8-8.

In the fifth, Boswell singled and later scored on a passed ball, junior Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) added an RBI single and freshman Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County) capped the rally with a two-out run-scoring double.

A single by Potts and a double by Brown brought the Bobcats even in the sixth, but the tie was short-lived as Calista Walker blasted a two-run homer to put the Panthers back in the lead at 10-8.

The Bobcats weren’t finished in the seventh, as they took advantage of three UPB errors, a passed ball and a wild pitch to score five times and build a 13-10 lead.

However, FSU couldn’t hold the lead in the bottom of the inning, as the Panthers scored three times to forge a 13-13 deadlock. A two-out infield error allowed the first run to score and kept UPB alive, and McLean came through again with a two-run single to force the extra inning.

Each team was allowed a tie-breaking runner at second base to start the eighth, and Frostburg State looked to capitalize in its first chance, getting runners at the corners with no outs. But, Zavinski retired the next three batters to end the threat.

Zavinski then took care of business herself in the home half of the inning, driving in Calista Walker with a sacrifice fly to left to cap the wild affair.

Zavinksi earned her second win of the day after working the final two innings in relief. She allowed five hits and five runs, but none earned, to improve to 10-5 on the season.

Potts suffered the loss for the Bobcats after allowing 12 hits but just two earned runs in the complete-game effort. She was also 3-for-4 with four runs scored at the plate.

McLean was 2-for-4 with six RBIs for the Panthers, while Calister Walker finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs.

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