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Softball Splits AMCC Doubleheader with Penn State Altoona

ALTOONA, PA - Frostburg State opened its Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference schedule by splitting a doubleheader with Penn State Altoona Friday afternoon at Ivyside Park. The Bobcats dropped the first game 5-3 before rebounding with an 8-3 win in the nightcap.

In game one, PSA sophomore Dana Garman held FSU without a hit until the seventh inning and the Bobcat defense committed four errors that led to two unearned runs in a close loss.

FSU (14-9, 1-1 AMCC) opened the scoring in the top of the first when freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) walked and later scored on a wild pitch.

Penn State Altoona (10-8, 2-2) answered in the bottom half of the inning as Christy McKernan reached on an error and came around to score on a passed ball.

The Lions took a 2-1 lead in the third when McKernan smacked a lead-off double and scored on a single by Jen Patishnock. PSA had runners at first and second, but FSU avoided further trouble by turning an inning-ending double play.

PSA scored three runs in the fifth to open a 5-1 cushion. With two on and two out, Amanda Shomo drilled a single to right which was misplayed and rolled to the fence, allowing all three runners to score.

Garman kept the Bobcats off balance until the seventh, when sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) broke up the no-hit bid with a leadoff single and later scored on a two-out single by sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany).

Smith then came home on a single by sophomore Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett).

FSU brought the tying run to the plate but Garman ended the game with an infield flyout.

Brown, Smith and Burner had one hit apiece.

Garman allowed three earned runs while striking out seven and walking three.

FSU senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) allowed seven hits and three earned runs in a complete-game loss. She is now 7-5 on the season.

The Bobcats found their offense in game two, tying their season high with 13 hits to post the big victory.

FSU again took a 1-0 lead in the first when junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) led off with a single and later scored on a single by senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland).

The Lions tied it in the second on a RBI-single by Ashley Furnari, but the Bobcats scored four runs in the third to take control.

Boswell again sparked the Bobcats with a lead-off single and came home on another RBI-single by Zych.

Brown then followed with a single and sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) added a double to plate Zych to give FSU a 3-1 edge.

Freshman pitcher Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) then helped her own cause with a two-run single to give the Bobcats a 5-1 lead.

PSA would not go quietly, however, countering with two runs in the bottom of the inning to close to within 5-3. Shomo laced a run-scoring double and Nicole Clapper added a RBI-single. However, Potts avoided further damage with a strikeout and a groundout.

The Bobcats added another run in the fourth as senior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored on a groundout by Boswell.

Boswell laced a two-run single in the sixth to cap the scoring.

Potts (7-4) earned the victory after allowing three earned runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one in the complete-game effort. She allowed just one hit over the last four innings and retired 12 of the last 14 batters she faced.

Potts was also 4-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base, while Boswell was 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.

"We struggled both offensively and defensively in game one and didn’t help out Andria much," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "We finally got our bats going in the last inning of game one, and we were much more aggressive at the plate in the second game. Pottsy did a great job both in the circle and at the plate, and Bos was outstanding from the leadoff spot."

The Bobcats return to action tomorrow when they travel to Pitt-Bradford for another AMCC twinbill starting at 1:00 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