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Softball Splits Doubleheader at Washington & Jefferson

FROSTBURG, MD - Frostburg State relied on a solid performance from Katie Nelson (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and some power from Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) to split a make-up doubleheader against Washington & Jefferson College on Wednesday. The Bobcats won the first game 2-0, and fell short of a last inning comeback, 6-4 in the game two.

In the first game, Nelson pitched her first collegiate complete game shutout as she went seven innings allowing only three hits, while striking out five. Offensively for the Bobcats they did not fair to well as they only managed five hits, while W&J committed 4 errors.

One of those hits however proved to be the game winner as Trish Brown who went 3-4 including two singles, hit her first collegiate homerun. The one-out solo homerun to leftfield in the sixth gave Nelson all she needed to work with. The Bobcats however provided a little more insurance following the Brown homerun, as Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett) followed Brown with a walk and moved to third on back-to-back errors by the Presidents and was then brought home on a Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) single.

Washington and Jefferson attempted to mount a seventh inning comeback as Nelson gave up a one out single, but left them stranded popping up and then strike out the next two hitters to finish off the shutout victory.

In the second game, Jen Vance (Cumberland, Md./Fort Hill) pitched well, but defensively the Bobcats surrendered three unearned runs on 4 errors. Vance pitched all seven innings giving up six runs, three of them earned, scattering nine hits and striking out two.

The Bobcats fell behind in the third as Melissa Witzberger singled and moved into scoring position on a Vance wild pitch. She then scored on an infield error.

Frostburg State responded the very next inning as they took a 2-1 lead as Shannon McQuillan (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) singled and was sacrificed to second to be brought in on a Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garret) single. Burner later scored as W&J committed another infield error.

However the Bobcats allowed W&J to tie it up at two in the bottom half of the inning and then lost the lead in the fifth as the Presidents posted three runs led by the pitcher, Erin Galluze’s two-run double. Galluze added another RBI in the sixth to move her lead to 6-2.

Frostburg State then attempted to rally as Burner led the inning off with a double and moved to third on a Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) single. Burner scored on a Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place) ground out and Moats was brought in by Brown with an RBI single. With the tying run at the plate the Bobcats could not convert split the doubleheader with Washington & Jefferson.

“Katie threw a great first game and Brown provided the offense we needed,” said Head Coach Chris Starke. “In game two however, we committed too many mistakes in the field and could not get the timely hit we needed to win.”

The Bobcats will look to regroup as they will open up their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play as they host Penn State Altoona with the first game starting 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