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Softball Splits in Season Opener at Ferrum Tournament

SALEM, VA- FSU softball won its season opener against Randolph-Macon 14-5 and lost its second game to Emory & Henry 12-7 at the Ferrum Invitational Tournament held in Salem, Va.

The Bobcats scored 14 runs on 14 hits en route to defeating Randolph-Macon. Freshman pitcher Katie Nelson (Chesapeake/Pasadena, Md.) pitched six innings, gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out eight and walked three in her first start in collegiate softball. The game was also the debut for new head coach Chris Starke.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI single by freshman Sarah Savoye (South River/Davidsonville, Md.). R-M took the lead when it scored twice in the second on a two-run double by Molly Field.

Frostburg answered in the third, with a two-run double by freshman Ashley Martin (North Carrol/Manchester, Md.). R-M came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning to regain the lead but the Red and Black came back with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth.

An RBI single by Raelee Cassaza (Miller Place/Miller Place, N.Y.) and a two-run single by junior Richelle Foor (Everett/Everett, Pa.) put FSU in the lead for good.

The Bobcats sealed the victory with six runs in the fifth inning aided by three R-M errors. Foor added a two-run single in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

Foor finished 3-5 with five RBI, junior Stephanie Zych (Guilderland/Slingerlands, N.Y.) was 2-4 and scored three runs and Martin and Savoy had a pair of hits each. R-M scored five runs on seven hits and had seven errors.

In game two versus Emory & Henry, FSU scored seven runs on 11 hits with two errors while E&H scored 12 runs on 11 hits with no errors.

E&H opened scoring with two runs in the first inning before taking control with a 10-run third inning, aided by two key errors made by FSU.

Frostburg State surmounted a comeback in the fourth when Foor scored on an RBI double and later scored on a groundout by junior Shannon McQuillan (Archbishop Spaulding/Bowie, Md.).

The Bobcats narrowed the gap in the fifth thanks to Martin's two-out grand slam home run. FSU then added another run on a two-out single by Foor.

FSU could have made things more interesting, but stranded two runners in the sixth and seventh innings. Starter Jen Vance (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) took the loss allowing nine runs on seven hits, walking four and striking-out one in her 2.1 innings pitched.

"For our first time out on the field I thought we played well overall," said Starke. "We showed a lot of heart by battling back from a 12-run deficit in game two and we also proved we can score runs with our offense. Our defense needs to improve and it will over time as we progress through the season."

Frostburg State will return to action against Ferrum on Saturday, March 15 at 9:00 am as the Ferrum Invitational Tournament continues at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Va.

Game One
Frostburg State (1-0)	0 1 2	3 6 2	        
Randolph Macon	         0 2 3 	0 0 0 	

Game Two
Frostburg State (1-1)	0 0 0	2 4 1 	0  
Emory & Henry	         2 0 (10)	0 0 0 	

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