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Softball Earns Hard-Fought Sweep of Penn State Altoona

FROSTBURG, Md. — Junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) tossed her third straight shutout in the opener and junior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) laced a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap as Frostburg State swept visiting Penn State Altoona 2-0 and 7-6 in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

In game two, FSU (14-11, 9-1 AMCC) trailed 6-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth before scoring three in the home half of the inning and another in the seventh to pull out the narrow victory.

The sixth inning rally started with consecutive singles by Seyler, senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and junior Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany).

Sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) knocked in a run with a ground out to make it 6-4, and junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) tied the game with a two-run single.

In the seventh, pinch-hitter Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) began the winning rally by reaching on an error, and, after junior Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) re-entered as the runner at first, sophomore Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt.

Seyler, who finished the game 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, then singled to left field to score Burner with the winning run.

Penn State Altoona (9-17, 7-9) took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by sophomore Amanda Shomo, but FSU countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame.

Seyler singled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error pickoff attempt. Freshman Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County) added an RBI single later in the inning to put the Bobcats in front 2-1.

Freshman Jess Ross pulled the Lions even with a lead-off homer in the fourth, but the deadlock was short-lived as Potts laced an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to give FSU a 3-2 edge.

Penn State Altoona moved back in front when Ross smacked a two-run single with two outs in the fifth, and the visitors padded their cushion to 6-3 on Ashley Funari’s two-run double in the sixth to set up FSU’s comeback.

Junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on two hits in two innings to improve to 3-5 on the year.

In the opener, Cook (6-5) was impressive for the third straight game, allowing just three singles while striking out a career-high 12 for her third straight shutout.

Cook now has a school-record 67 strikeouts this season, eclipsing the former mark of 61 set by Alisa Rugg in 1999, and her five shutouts this year tie the single-season mark set by Potts just one year ago.

Cook, who tossed a two-hit, 10-strikeout gem against Hilbert Friday and followed with a one-hit, six-strikeout effort versus Lake Erie Saturday, held Penn State Altoona to a two-out single in the first, a lead-off single in the fourth and an infield single in the seventh.

FSU plated both of its runs in the third. Griswold and Seyler laced back-to-back one-out doubles to begin the scoring, and Seyler later came home on a single by Potts.

Funari led off the PSA fourth with a single, but she was quickly erased on a double play ground out. Cook posted the final out of the inning with an infield pop up.

In the fifth, Lion junior Dana Garman reached on a two-out infield error, but Cook got Aubrey Reed to pop up to first to end the frame.

In the seventh, PSA junior Nicole Clapper reached base on a one-out infield single, but Cook got leftfielder Darcy Everetts to ground into a fielder's choice and then fanned Ross to end the game.

Frostburg State returns to action this weekend with a pair of key AMCC road doubleheaders. The Bobcats visit two-time defending champion Pitt-Bradford Saturday before facing league newcomer Medaille Sunday. Both twinbills start 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