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Softball Splits AMCC Doubleheader with Hilbert

FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State pounded out 15 hits en route to a 14-0 win in the opener but costly errors led to a 5-3 loss in the nightcap as the Bobcats split an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader with visiting Hilbert Friday afternoon.

In game one, the Bobcats (10-11, 5-1 AMCC) scored early and often and junior Jen Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) held the Hawks to just two hits and struck out 10 in a five-inning complete-game effort.

FSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first behind five hits and three Hawk errors. Junior Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) doubled in the first run and then scored on a single by sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley).

Freshman Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County) and junior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) each added RBI singles later in the inning and FSU plated two more runs on Hilbert miscues.

The Bobcats added another run in the second on an RBI double by junior Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) and scored six more in the third to open a 13-0 cushion. Smith smacked a three-run home run — the first round-tripper of her collegiate career — freshman Kate Rowley (Hanover, Md./Meade) laced a two-run single and sophomore Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) added an RBI double in the outburst.

FSU completed the scoring in the fourth as junior Meredith Remus (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) reached on an error and later scored on a groundout by Savoye.

Cook (4-5) was impressive in the circle, retiring the first nine hitters she faced before allowing a leadoff single to Kaitlyn Miller in the fourth. Amber Fie followed with a one-out double to put runners on second and third, but Cook struck out the next two batters to preserve the shutout.

Meghan Gollaher gave up 14 runs, including nine earned, on 15 hits in the complete-game loss.

Potts went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Smith was 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBIs and two runs scored. Boswell, Brown and Baldwin also had two hits for the Bobcats.

In a much tighter nightcap, FSU took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI single by junior Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and increased its advantage to 3-0 in the fourth thanks to a two-run double by Smith.

The Hawks (7-7, 5-3), who managed just three hits over the first five innings, broke through with five runs on four hits and four FSU errors in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.

Laura Stranc led off the inning with a triple and scored on the play as the throw to third bounced off her helmet and went out of play. Hilbert then loaded the bases on an infield single, an infield error and another single.

Two more Bobcat errors on the next play allowed two more runs to score to tie the game, and Kim Klein put the Hawks ahead with a single to center. Hilbert scored its fifth run of the inning on a passed ball.

FSU tried to make a late comeback but stranded two runners in the sixth and another in the seventh.

After her rough outing in the opener, Gollaher rebounded by giving up three runs on seven hits to earn the game-two win.

Junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) suffered the loss for the Bobcats despite allowing just one earned run on seven hits in five innings.She is now 2-5 on the season.

Smith went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and two walks, while Seyler and Dixon added two hits each.

FSU returns to action Saturday when it hosts Lake Erie for another AMCC doubleheader beginning 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