Softball Earns Split With Frostburg; Blazers Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Alison Schuetz
Alison Schuetz

FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College softball team (8-23, 2-10 CAC) enjoyed an explosive offensive outing in the opener of a Capital Athletic Conference twinbill with visiting Frostburg State University (17-13, 7-3 CAC), rapping out a season-high 17 base hits and winning 13-4 in six innings Wednesday.

The Bobcats, who are currently in third place in the league standings, salvaged a split in the nightcap, winning 13-3 in five innings.

The two teams combined for 46 base hits in the twinbill, including six home runs (four by FSU, two by Hood).

In game one, Brianna Dyckman went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs, including a walk-off two-run blast over the fence in right-center to cap a six-run sixth inning and invoke the mercy rule. Jackie Yurchak was also 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Amy Hagerdon, Casey Dunn, Kelly Gafner, Caity Battey and Kali Ball all had multi-hit games for the Blazers. Hagerdon belted her first home run of the season and second of her career in the third inning.

Alison Schuetz won her second game in a Blazer uniform by limiting the Bobcats to six base hits and striking out four hitters.

The Blazers scored one in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth and six in the sixth. The Bobcats got three of their four runs by virtue of the long ball. Caitlin Lovend launched a two-run shot to left in the first and Jordan Wright went deep with one out in the sixth.

In the nightcap, the Bobcats broke the game open in the top of the third, sending 12 hitters to the plate and scoring nine times. Lovend cranked her league-leading 12th home run of the season, a three-run shot, and Amanda Hennessee followed with a solo blast in the inning. Lovend and Bailey Ellsworth each knocked in four runs for FSU in the win.

The Bobcats plated three runs in the top of the first but Battey and Gafner laced run-scoring base hits in the bottom of the frame to cut the deficit to 3-2. Katie Jenkins came around to score Hood's third run of the ballgame in the fourth on a base hit by Emalie Stroup.

The Blazers have completed their CAC slate and must await the outcome of the Stevenson-Wesley series Saturday to see if they will secure the sixth and final spot in the CAC playoffs. A win or series sweep by Stevenson would ensure the Blazers a spot in the tournament; however, should the Wolverines sweep the Mustangs, the Blazers and Mustangs would finish with identical 2-10 records, and since the Mustangs swept Hood, they would clinch the final playoff spot.

Hood returns to action Friday at Mt. Aloysius Friday for a nonconference doubleheader at 3 p.m.