Spring Sports Wrap-up

Jun 18, 2018 11:00 AM

Men’s Track & Field

Highlight: Men take seventh at CAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s track & field team captured seventh place at the CAC Championships to wrap up its 2018 outdoor season. Two weeks later, Coach Dale Luy sent 10 of his athletes to the ECAC Championships. Sophomore John Kerns led the Bobcats at the ECACs with a career-best 45.86 meters in the discus, while junior Bradley Forster finished in fifth place in the decathlon. Junior Robert Romano finished in seventh place in the 1,500-meter run in 4:04.03 and later helped first-year Devin Horseman-Guy, sophomore Jacob Rickards and sophomore Tyriek Charles to eighth place in the 4x400 in 8:10.98. Kerns’ successful season landed him on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Mideast Region team as he is ranked fifth in the region in the hammer throw. Junior Matthew Robinson was named one of two CAC Medal of Inspiration Award winners after donating a kidney to his father in the winter and returning to the team in the spring to capture two top-10 finishes at the CAC Outdoor Championships.

Next Season: The trio of Kerns, Romano and Forster will help carry the Bobcats during the 2018-19 indoor campaign.

Women’s Track & Field

Highlight: Bobcats finish sixth at CAC Championships.

Recap: The Frostburg women took home seventh place of 29 teams at the ECAC Championships and finished in sixth place at the CAC Championships to wrap up the 2018 outdoor season. At the ECACs, the Bobcats captured a pair of gold medals as sophomore Keileen Estrada, senior Destiny Logan, first-year Maddison Watson and senior Kayla Truesdel won the 4x400 in 3:58.59. Meanwhile, Truesdel, Estrada, Logan and first-year Gabbriell Reason captured a win in the 4x100 in 48.87. At the CAC Championships, Truesdel was named the CAC Female Track Athlete of the Year for the fourth consecutive season after winning the 100 (12.10) and 200 (25.15) and helping the 4x100 team (47.80) to a win as well. Truesdel represented the Bobcats at the NCAA Championships for the fifth time as she captured 11th place in the 100 in 12.57.

Next Season: The Bobcats have a plethora of young talent in Estrada, Reason and Watson, but the team will have to replace Truesdel, the program’s most decorated runner in a decade.

Baseball

Record: 23-14, 9-9 CAC

Highlight: Three wins over ranked teams; seventh CAC Tournament appearance in eight seasons.

Recap: The Frostburg State baseball team clinched a spot in the CAC Tournament for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and collected three wins over ranked teams in 2018. Frostburg, which had three players named All-CAC selections in 2018, captured nine league wins, which included a 6-3 triumph over fifth-ranked Christopher Newport at Bob Wells Field on April 14. Frostburg defeated top-ranked Cortland, 8-5, on March 4 in the Baltimore Invitational. They earned another win over a ranked opponent with a 7-3 thrashing of No. 13 Shenandoah just 13 days later. Senior pitcher Greg Schneider, a 2018 All-CAC First Team selection, spent the entire season as the nation’s active leader in career strikeouts across all divisions (NCAA DI, DII and DIII) in 2018 and finishes his storied career ranked fifth all-time in DIII history with 385 strikeouts.

Next season: Frostburg returns a roster full of talented players, led by rising seniors Nick Fuhrmann and Brady Adam in 2019.

Softball

Record: 22-16 Overall, 7-7 CAC

Highlight: Frostburg beats No. 8 Christopher Newport in CAC Tournament.

Recap: The Frostburg softball team marched to its fourth straight 20-win season with one of its youngest rosters in program history. The Bobcats featured nine first-year players and four sophomores, with just a single junior and three seniors. All three seniors earned All-CAC nods after helping the Bobcats to a fourth-place league finish. Senior pitcher Allison Short earned her third straight all-conference award and became Frostburg’s all-time leader in wins (51), starts (79) and innings pitched (509.0). Senior shortstop Sam Gatton led the Bobcats in batting (.402), runs (32) and extra-base hits (15) while leading the conference in stolen bases (21). Senior third baseman Brittney Platt belted five home runs, posted 23 RBI and led the squad in walks (16). Frostburg posted a pair of walk-off wins in conference play at Bobcat Field with first-year Taylor McCarty belting a ninth-inning home run to beat York (Pa.), and Platt hitting a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Frostburg over Wesley five days later.

All three seniors came up large in Frostburg’s 10-8 win over No. 8 Christopher Newport while facing elimination in the CAC Tournament. Platt belted a first-inning grand slam and finished with a season-high five RBI; Gatton singled in the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning as part of a 4-for-4 day with two RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Short defeated the eventual CAC Champions on the mound for the first time in her illustrious career, while setting FSU’s all-time wins record.

Next Season: Wes Landrum’s many newcomers in 2018 become returners in 2019, including first-year’s Taylor McCarty (.317, 2 HR, 17 RBI), Aliyah Ramey (.308, 1 HR, 25 RBI) and sophomore Katelyn Merhling (.304, 5 HR, 26 RBI). Merhling (5-4, 4.28 ERA) and first-year Ally Wieman (5-5, 5.04 ERA) look to return in the circle for the Bobcats.

Women’s Lacrosse

Record: 5-10-1 Overall, 2-6 CAC

Highlight: Frostburg collects five wins.

Recap: The Frostburg women’s lacrosse team barely missed a spot in the CAC Tournament and finished the 2018 campaign with five wins. The Bobcats collected CAC wins over Wesley (14-11) and Southern Virginia (13-6) and posted non-conference victories over Washington & Jefferson (20-10), Goucher (19-6) and Hope (19-15). Junior Morgan Cavey finished the season with 55 goals, just one shy of tying the single-season mark held by Laura Hemmings since the 1999 season. Bobcat first-year Summer Cavey finished seventh in the CAC in draw controls (63), and eight student-athletes capped the spring ’18 semester by being named to the Dean’s List.

Next Season: Frostburg returns its top five scorers and both goalkeepers from this spring.

Men’s Lacrosse

Record: 10-9 Overall, 4-4 CAC

Highlight: Frostburg advances to CAC Tournament for sixth straight year.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s lacrosse team won 10 games and advanced to the CAC Tournament for the sixth straight year. The 2018 campaign also saw the Bobcats advance to the CAC Tournament semifinals for the fourth time in five years after they defeated Southern Virginia 14-9 in the first round. The Bobcats rattled off five straight wins during the middle part of the season, outscoring opponents by nearly six goals during the streak to position themselves as the fourth seed in the CAC Tournament. Senior Adam Gross became the program’s sixth USILA All-American after pacing the team with 55 points and 28 assists. Gross played in the USILA Senior All-Star game and was a First Team All-ECAC honoree. Gross and Bobcat senior Bradley Jones were named to the All-CAC teams.

Next Season: While the Bobcats will be without Gross and Jones, FSU returns six of its top nine scorers from the spring, including one of the CAC’s top goalkeepers in Jack Marks.

Men’s Tennis

Record: 4-11 Overall, 0-7 CAC

Highlight: Bobcat men win four matches.

Recap: The Frostburg men’s tennis team opened the season with a 5-4 win over Waynesburg, and the Bobcats closed the spring campaign with a 6-3 victory over Bethany (W.Va.). In between, the men posted a higher winning percentage this year and increased their total number of individual match wins to 47. The Bobcats also won a total of 225 games and increased their total games won in the CAC in six of seven matches. The men were led by junior Shasta Braithwaite, who finished with a winning record at No. 1 singles at 8-7. Braithwaite also collected five doubles wins at No. 1 doubles. Junior Derek Thompson was second on the team with four singles wins, and senior Steven Glasbrenner and first-year Geoffrey Goldring had .500 singles records, finishing at 3-3. Goldring earned Frostburg’s first-ever win against nationally ranked Mary Washington when he won No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-1. Senior Joey Cox and Thompson led the team this year with six wins in doubles.

Next Season: Much of the Bobcat roster returns next year, including Braithwaite, Thompson and Goldring.

Women’s Tennis

Record: 5-9 Overall, 1-6 CAC

Highlight: Bobcat women defeat Penn State Harrisburg in CAC action.

Recap: The Frostburg women’s tennis team posted three lopsided victories over Waynesburg, Bethany (W.Va.) and McDaniel during the fall season and closed their spring campaign with a 7-2 victory over Penn State Harrisburg. The Bobcat women collected 10 individual wins in the CAC, won a total of 185 games in conference and increased their win totals in four of the seven league matches. Junior Jenna Lipinski led the way on the women’s side, achieving a winning record overall at 7-6. Lipinski also went 3-3 in the CAC at No. 2 singles getting wins against Southern Virginia, St. Mary’s and Penn State Harrisburg. Lipinski added three doubles wins and now has back-to-back seasons with double digit wins, while also leading the team with 28 wins over the last two seasons. With eight more wins this year, sophomore Allison Paul is close behind with 27 wins during the same stretch. Paul, sophomore Sammi Turner and first-year Sophia Staggers all finished with four singles wins this season. As a team, Lipinski and sophomore Kate Paylor finished with three wins at No. 1 doubles, while sophomore Elizabeth Mott finished with five doubles wins at the No. 3 position. Sophomore Ijeoma Uwahemo gave the women their third-ever individual win against Salisbury when she won 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 at the No. 6 singles spot.

Next Season: Without a senior on this year’s team, the Bobcats return their entire roster and should improve on their 185 wins in the CAC.