Five Frostburg State players have been named to the 2003 All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Softball Team, highlighted by freshman catcher Ashley Martin (Manchester, Md./North Carroll)
, who was voted to the first team and also took home the league's Newcomer of the Year award.
First-year head coach Chris Starke earned AMCC Coach of the Year honors as well.
Martin, FSU's lone first-team selection, enjoyed one of the best offensive seasons in school history.
She led the Bobcats with a .400 batting average, 12 doubles, four home runs and set a single-season school record with 35 RBI, surpassing Jackie Chaney's former mark of 33 set in 1999.
She tied for the team lead with 32 hits and two triples, and her 18 extra-base hits is the third-highest single-season total in program history.
Juniors Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland), Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett) and Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and freshman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) each earned second-team honors.
Playing most of the season at second base, Zych hit a career-high .371 with 26 hits, three doubles, one triple and 19 RBI.
She led the team with 27 runs scored and a .450 on-base percentage, ranked second with nine walks and was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Foor, the only Bobcat to start all 25 games, earned the nod at third base after hitting .395 and tying Martin for the team lead with 32 hits.
Foor ranked second on the team with 24 RBI and also scored 15 runs. She struck out just twice in 81 at-bats and was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
Moats, who transferred from Hagerstown Community College, was named the second-team designated player after a strong season as FSU's lead-off hitter.
Moats hit .333 with 23 hits, including four doubles, and she scored 18 runs while driving in 14. She also topped the squad with six stolen bases.
Brown took home second-team honors at first base.
She ranked third on the team with a .373 batting average and collected 31 hits, including five doubles, two triples and two home runs. She was second on the squad with 23 runs scored and third with 19 RBI.
Starke was voted the AMCC Coach of the Year after helping guide a team of three juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen to a 13-12 overall record and a 7-5 league mark.
FSU, which posted just the third winning season in its eight-year history, finished fourth in the AMCC regular-season standings and earned a berth in the league's postseason tournament.
"The Coach of the Year award was totally unexpected and is more a reflection of our entire program, including all of our players and assistant coaches. Our ladies did a nice job of adjusting to higher expectations both on and off the field and have laid a strong foundation for years to come.
"The majority of the credit goes to Wes Landrum, our assistant coach, who did an outstanding job all season long, especially with our pitchers and catchers."
All 14 players are eligible to return next season, and the Bobcats continue to add several talented recruits for 2003-04.
"We're very happy to have accomplished our goals of winning more than we lost and advancing to the AMCC Tournament this year. We've got everybody coming back, and we're looking forward to adding some key players to help us next year and beyond."
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303