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Softball Swept by McDaniel

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State dropped a pair of non-conference games to visiting McDaniel Wednesday afternoon at Bobcat Field. The Green Terror smacked four home runs in a 10-1 five-inning win in the opener and then held on for a 5-4 victory in game two.

In game one, McDaniel (20-9) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out, two-run homer by Heather Sinclair and then took control with a four-run second.

Samantha Abrams hit a sacrifice fly, Lauren Cramer laced a RBI-double and Mary Abrams drilled a two-run homer to cap the outburst.

In the fourth, Cramer smacked a leadoff homer and Megan Mitchell added a run-scoring double to make it an 8-0 contest. Caitlin Burns blasted another two-run shot later in the inning to give the Green Terror a commanding 10-0 advantage.

Frostburg State (20-11) avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) drew a one-out walk and later scored on a fielder's choice by freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder).

Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) fell to 10-6 on the year after allowing 10 earned runs on 12 hits. She did set single-season school records for appearances (21) and starts (18).

"McDaniel put on an impressive display in game one,"said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "We knew they were a good hitting team coming in, and they certainly put us on our heels from the first inning."

In game two, FSU trailed 5-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh but looked to rally.

Sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) reached on an error to start the inning and moved to third when a bunt by senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) was misplayed.

Sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) sent two screaming liners deep into foul territory before being intentionally walked to load the bases.

Sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) then lined out to center, and Smith was thrown out at home trying to score on the play. Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) then lined out to left to end the game.

McDaniel opened a 3-0 lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings before the Bobcats closed to within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI-double by Brown and a run-single by Potts.

The Green Terror tacked on a pair of unearned runs on two Bobcat errors in the fifth to open a 5-2 lead, but FSU responded again in the home half of the inning on a two-out, two-run single by Brown.

The Bobcats had runners at first and second with two out in the sixth but could not score and then failed to convert with the bases loaded and none out in the seventh.

Potts (10-5) suffered the tough loss despite allowing eight hits and just one earned run in a complete-game effort.

"I was proud of how we rebounded in game two, but we simply made too many mental mistakes to beat a team the caliber of McDaniel," Starke said. "We had our chances late, but you can't give good teams four unearned runs and expect to come back. We're young, and we'll learn from our mistakes and continue to get better."

The Bobcats return to action Saturday when they host Lake Erie in a key Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference doubleheader 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