FROSTBURG, MD – The Frostburg State University Bobcat softball team made its first Capital Athletic Conference tournament appearance a successful one as the Bobcats downed the York College Spartans 4-2 on Thursday in Frostburg.
The Spartans fall to 18-13 overall while the Bobcats improve to 14-15.
The Spartans, who are the fourth seed in the tournament, must now face the top-seeded Salisbury Sea Gulls on Friday with their tournament lives riding on the line. The Sea Gulls advanced to the second round with a 2-0 win over sixth-seeded Stevenson on Wednesday.
The Bobcats reached Spartan starter Brittany Therres for a pair of runs in the first as freshman first baseman Caitlin Lovend hit a two run homer to left center, staking the hosts to the early lead.
The Spartans wasted little time in responding as they tied the game in the top of the second. Senior Karen Carr singled up the middle with one out to start the rally. After Carr stole second, sophomore Cory Urkuski drew a walk to put Spartans at first and second. Frostburg pitcher Megan Magee got a strikeout followed by a walk to load the bases. Spartan junior Brittany Schlorff then drilled a two-run double to plate Carr and Urkuski. The Spartans couldn't get any more as Therres was left at third and Schlorff at second to end the inning.
The Bobcats took the lead for good in the third as Brooke Tapman tripled down the rightfield line to lead off the inning. Freshman pitcher Chelsea Bock, who came on in relief, got a ground out to short but Victoria Krichbaum singled to short, scoring Tapman with the eventual game-winning run.
The Spartans got two runners on in the fifth but the Green and White would not be able to plate the equalizer.
Frostburg State got an insurance run in the fifth courtesy of Lovend as she drilled an RBI double to give the hosts a 4-2 lead.
The Spartans again got two runners on base in the seventh but much like the fifth, they would be unable to push a tally across the plate as they fall to Frostburg State for the third time this year.
Magee earned the win to improve to 11-6 overall. She allowed two runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
Bock took the loss in relief as she allowed two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and a walk in five innings of work. She falls to 8-4 with the setback.
Lovend had a huge day for the Bobcats as she was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored. She hit her sixth homer of the year and sixth double of the year. Emilee Ray added two hits and two runs scored while Krichbaum was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Schlorff ended the day with the Spartans' only RBIs as she was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Freshman Emma Erbig added two hits while Carr was 1-for-2 with a run scored.
The Spartans continue their stay in the CAC tournament on Friday at Salisbury. First pitch is set for 4:00 pm. If York can pull off the upset of the top-seeded Sea Gulls, the Spartans would remain in Salisbury, MD for Saturday's third round of the tournament.
Photo: Brittany Schlorff drove in the Spartans' only two runs in the loss to FSU. Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark, Athletic Communications Practicum Student.