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Baseball Earns National and Regional Recognition from NCAA
04/15/2003

FROSTBURG, MD - On Monday the Frostburg State University baseball team celebrated their performances, as they not only defeated a Salisbury team that has been ranked as high as 22nd nationally this season and currently ranks 26th in dominating fashion, 13-7. They also celebrated as they found out that they finally were recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division III Poll as they cracked the top 40 list nationally and more importantly received a number four ranking in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Bobcats earned the national and regional rankings following a strong week in which they rattled off back-to-back doubleheader sweeps of Pitt-Greensburg University, 6-2 and 26-8, and Catholic University, 6-3 and 4-1. Frostburg State has made some noise winning 11 of its last 13 games, outscoring their opponents 128-38.

The number four regional ranking is very important for the Bobcats as the top six teams from every region are selected for postseason play in the NCAA Division III tournament in mid-May. If the Bobcats can secure that position it will be their first selection since 1987 when they went 24-10 and advanced to the NCAA South Regional tournament.

The Bobcats (21-8-1) have the most wins of any of the top eight teams in their region, but at the same time have played far more games than any of the other teams. Ahead of them in the region are Kean (20-6), Johns Hopkins (17-4), and Rowan (17-5). Others making a name in the region are fellow Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponents, Pitt-Bradford (17-7) who is ranked 7th and Penn State-Behrend (19-8) who is tied for the 8th spot.

If the Bobcats can get a couple of wins this week over Lake Erie College, put together with the win over Salisbury Monday, there is a very good chance that Frostburg State will crack the top 30 list nationally, replacing the Seagulls next Monday afternoon.

To view the latest national and regional rankings that come out late afternoons every Monday, go to http://odac.bridgewater.edu/div3base/baseball.htm

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu