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Softball Pounds Lake Erie in Record-Setting Doubleheader Sweep

PAINESVILLE, OHIO - Frostburg State set a school record for most runs scored in a game in the opener and promptly rewrote the mark in the nightcap as it blew out host Lake Erie, 29-3 and 34-4, in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday afternoon.

In game one, the Bobcats (6-7-1, 3-2-1 AMCC) took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-single by senior Krissy Jackson (Frostburg, Md./Beall) before blowing the contest wide open with a 17-run second inning.

FSU sent 23 batters to the plate in the outburst, which featured numerous walks, errors and wild pitches by Lake Erie.

Sophomore Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett) laced a pair of doubles and drove in five runs in the inning.

The Bobcats added another run in the third on another Storm miscue before crossing the plate three more times in the fourth behind RBI-singles by Foor and sophomore Amber Blackmire (Hebron, Md./Mardela) and a bases-loaded walk by sophomore Lora Thomas (Bowie, Md./Bowie.

FSU then capped the rout with seven runs in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run double by freshman Kristy Sipes (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill and a two-run double by sophomore Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland).

Freshman Jen Vance (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) scattered five hits and allowed just one earned run to improve to 3-4 on the season. She struck out five and walked three.

Foor went 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBIs and three runs scored, while Zych was 2-for-5 with four runs scored, three RBIs and two of FSU's astounding 22 walks. Thomas drew six walks and scored four runs.

No sooner could the 29 runs in game one be written atop the school single-game record chart did the Bobcats explode for 34 more runs in the nightcap.

FSU spotted Lake Erie a 2-0 lead in the top of the first before lighting up the scoreboard for 14 runs in the bottom of the inning. The Bobcats were aided by eight walks, three wild pitches and a passed ball.

Sophomore Amy Sarro (Severn, Md./Archbishop Spalding) had two singles and three RBIs in the frame, while freshman Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) drove in two with a base hit.

The Bobcats then used an 11-run second inning to take a 25-2 lead. Freshman Alana Mantovani (Montvale, N.J./Pascack Hills, sophomore Heather Zukus (Baltimore, Md./Kenwood), freshman Angela Giuffreda (Frederick, Md./Urbana), Zych and Vance each had RBI-singles in the frame.

FSU tacked on four runs in the third and five more in the fourth to cap the record-setting win. The former Bobcat single-game scoring mark was set in a 27-0 win over Pitt-Greensburg on April 22, 1999.

Casazza enjoyed a solid all-around game, going 3-for-5 with five runs scored, three RBIs and two walks at the plate and also allowing just two hits and two earned runs in four innings of work to improve to 3-3 this season.

Giuffreda and Sarro each finished with a career-high four RBIs, while Blackmire, Sarro and Mantovani collected two hits apiece.

The Bobcats also set a school record for most runs scored in a doubleheader, with the 63 tallies easily surpassing the 51 runs scored in a 24-1 and 27-0 sweep of Pitt-Greensburg on April 22, 1999.

FSU looks to stay in contention for the AMCC regular-season title with a key league matchup at Penn State Behrend tomorrow at 3:00 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