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March 21, 2013

FSU unbeaten on spring trip

Bobcats 6-0, 11-3 overall after 12-0, 12-1 Thursday wins

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Frostburg State pounded Grinnell and Rutgers-Newark to remain unbeaten in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic on Thursday.

The Bobcats, now 6-0 on their spring trip and 11-3 overall, beat Grinnell 12-0 and Rutgers-Newark 12-1.

FSU has scored 10 or more runs in five of its six spring games. On Thursday, the Bobcats pounded out 27 hits, including four home runs.

Taylor Vandegrift and Caitlin Lovend led the attack, with Vandegrift going 5 for 6 with four RBIs and Lovend 4 for 7 with eight RBIs and a home run in each game, one being a grand slam.

Against Grinnell, Kerri O’Malley drove in the first run with a single and Vandegrift tripled in two more, then scored on a single by Lovend that made it 4-0.

The Bobcats scored eight runs on seven hits in the fifth inning. Allison Williams hit a two-run double and Lovend a three-run homer.

Shari Beavers (5-1) got the win, allowing one hit and fanning six in five innings.

Against Rutgers-Newark, FSU broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the second and tacked on five more in the third.

Lovend’s grand slam came in the five-run second. Lauren Capece had led off the inning with a homer.

Vandegrift had an RBI double, Ellsworth an RBI single and Beavers a two-run homer in the third.

Freshman Nicole Bradford earned her second win of the spring, scattering five hits and striking out five.

Frostburg ends its spring trip today against Lasell at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday

Frostburg wins two


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Frostburg State outslugged Guilford 14-10 and shut out Rutgers-Newark 8-0 on the second day of the Fastpitch Dreams Tournament.

In the first game, the Bobcats roared back from a 9-2 deficit after 3 1/2 innings against Guilford. The big blows were a four-run fourth and a four-run seventh.

Taylor Vandegrift started the fourth-inning rally with a single and, after two walks, stole home. Renay Aubel drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Shari Beavers belted a two-run home run.

The Bobcats took the lead in the sixth inning and pulled away with the four-run seventh when Aubel belted a grand slam.

Nicole Bradford earned her first win of the season with four innings of work.

Against Rutgers-Newark, freshman Mary Ann Moore fired a three-hit shutout for her fourth win of the season and Caitlin Lovend blasted a pair of home runs in the 8-0 win.

Lovend hit a two-run homer and Moore an RBI double for a quick 3-0 lead in the third. Lovend’s other homer was also a two-run shot, in the sixth.

Lovend finished 4 for 4 and Megan Butzner and Bailey Ellsworth were 3 for 4.

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