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SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
Falcons Earn Split With Fighting Scots

by Chris Thomas, FSU Student Assistant

FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Fairmont State and Ohio Valley split a pair of conference games on Sunday afternoon at Duvall-Rosier Field. OVU scored two runs in the seventh inning of game one to wrap up the 4-2 victory. The Falcons edged the Fighting Scots, 6-5, in game two.

The Falcons are now 26-17 overall and 15-5 in the WVIAC. Ohio Valley is now 21-17 overall and 11-9 in conference play.

Ohio Valley broke the tie in the top of the third inning of game one when Elora Oprins hit an RBI single to the shortstop. Sarah Simmons followed it up with an RBI single to second base to give OVU a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Holly Frampton hit a double to bring in Terri Lynn Wolfe for the RBI.

FSU tied the game in the sixth inning when Gretchen Herzberger homered to left field. The Fighting Scots scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to wrap up the 4-2 victory. FSU committed two errors in the inning to aid the Ohio Valley runs.

Raegan Turner picked up the victory for OVU, giving up two runs on eight hits. Turner stuck out nine batters and walked just two in seven innings of work. Chelsea Cobb (16-6) was dealt the loss for FSU, giving up four runs (two earned) and nine hits. Cobb had won seven straight starts coming into Sunday.

With the bases loaded in the top of the first inning of game two, Kelsey Graham doubled to right center to bring in two RBI for the Fighting Scots. In the bottom of the first, Frampton scored on a wild pitch to cut the OVU lead to 2-1. Chanel Bouchard stole home in the third inning for the Fighting Scots. The Falcons tied the game, 3-3, in the fourth inning when Nikki Nuzum hit a single to score two RBI for the Falcons.

Carly Mundie hit a two-run home run to give the Falcons their first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth. OVU would respond in the sixth when Leah Baker hit an RBI single to right center to cut the FSU lead to 5-4. The Fighting Scots tied the game later in the inning when Faith Slone scored on a wild pitch.

In the seventh inning, Herzberger singled to center field to bring Abbey Wilson home for the game-winning RBI.

Nuzum (8-8) picked up the win after striking out four batters in 5.1 innings of work. Cobb pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Falcons. Cobb stuck out the final three batters she faced in the seventh inning.

The Falcons will travel to Seton Hill on Tuesday afternoon for a pair of games. The first game will start at 2 p.m.