Frostburg State to play for CAC title
Bobcats knock off Stevenson, Mary Washington to move on
SALISBURY, Md. -- Frostburg State overcame deficits in both of its Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinal games on Saturday and punched its ticket to the CAC championship game. The Bobcats followed a 6-3 win against Stevenson with a 2-1 victory against Mary Washington.
Against Mary Washington, the Bobcats fell behind 1-0 after two hits netted a run for the Eagles. The offense for Frostburg only mustered two hits in the first five innings. After the two-run sixth inning that put the Bobcats ahead, the hit column still only showed two. Frostburg took advantage of two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and two Eagle errors to push across the two unearned runs without the benefit of a hit.
With two outs, Jordan Wright walked to force home Shari Beavers. Beth Whitehead then reached on a fielding error to plate Amanda Hennessee to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead.
Taylor Vandegrift and Kerri O'Malley had the hits for Frostburg. Lauren Scrivener pitched all seven innings, allowing just the one run on five hits to get the win.
In order to face Mary Washington, the Bobcats had to erase a 3-0 first-inning deficit to defeat Stevenson, 6-3.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, O'Malley doubled with one out to move Scrivener, who led off with a single, to third base. A grounder to short by Vandegrift didn't net an out, and Scrivener crossed to tie the score at three. After a second out and an intentional walk to Caitlin Lovend to load the bases, Hennessee came through with the big hit to break the tie by singling to center to score two runs.
Stevenson used a pair of two-out singles to plate its three runs in the top of the first against Wright, who started in the circle for Frostburg. The Bobcats answered back with two runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Vandegrift and a freebie thanks to a wild pitch with the bases loaded to score O'Malley.
Vandegrift and Hennessee each had two hits and two RBIs to lead the team, while O'Malley scored twice.