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Softball Dumps Pitt-Greensburg in Home Opener

FROSTBURG, MD — Junior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and freshman Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) each had three hits and drove in two runs to lead Frostburg State to a 12-3 home-opening win over Pitt-Greensburg Wednesday afternoon.

The Bobcats (3-2) led the nightcap, 7-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before the game was suspended due to darkness. The game will not be completed since it was a non-conference contest.

In game one, Pitt-Greensburg (0-8) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first as Krystal Ullom led off with a walk, moved to second on a passed ball, went to third on an illegal pitch and scored on Dee Sutlic's squeeze bunt.

The visitors tacked on another run in the second when Jen Sutlic reached on a two-out error and later scored on a wild pitch.

Frostburg State got things rolling in the bottom of the second.

Junior Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett) led off with a single and scored on a double by Martin. Freshman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) then pulled the Bobcats even with a double to the left-field fence that plated Martin.

FSU blew things open with a six-run third inning. Foor and Martin each drove in a run, while freshman Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) knocked in two more with a double. Moats singled twice and scored once in the inning as well.

Pitt-Greensburg cut its deficit to 8-3 in the fourth on a RBI-single by Dee Sutlic and had the bases loaded with two outs.

But FSU sophomore Jen Vance (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) got UPG clean-up hitter Jess Porter to fly out to center to end the threat.

FSU scored four more times in the fourth to take a 12-3 lead and then held UPG scoreless in the top of the fifth to end the game early due to the eight-run rule.

Moats finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in her first start for Frostburg State, while Martin was 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.

Brown went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored, and Savoye doubled and drove in three.

Vance improved to 2-1 on the season, scattering six hits and allowing just one earned run in five innings of work.

The Bobcats jumped out to an early lead in the second game, scoring seven times in the first three innings.

Moats walked to start the bottom of the first, junior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) singled to center and Brown blasted her first career home run over the left field fence to give FSU a 3-0 lead.

Frostburg State added another run in the second, and Moats hit a two-run single as part of a three-run third inning.

The Bobcats had runners on first and second with none out in the bottom of the fourth before the game was called due to darkness.

"We're starting to get it together more and more on offense and defense," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "We continued our bad trend of getting behind early in game one, but we came out fired up in the second ball game and jumped ahead quickly. Pitt-Greensburg arrived late to begin the afternoon, and it's rather disappointing our players didn't get to finish the nightcap considering the hard work they put in."

The Bobcats return to action on Tuesday, March 25 when they visit Eastern Mennonite for a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 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