FROSTBURG, MD —
Frostburg State will host the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Softball Tournament for the first time in school history this weekend.
The top-seeded Bobcats (22-11, 11-1 AMCC) will take on No. 4 Penn State Altoona (17-17, 6-6) in the tournament’s opening game Friday at 10 am, and No. 2 La Roche (9-13, 8-4) will face No. 3 Pitt-Bradford (16-6, 8-4) in Friday’s second game at 12:30 p.m.
Frostburg State’s 22 victories are the most in the program’s nine-year history, while its 11 AMCC wins are also a school mark. The Bobcats are seeking their second AMCC Tournament title; FSU won the inaugural crown in 1998 as it finished 20-8.
"This is certainly an exciting time for the FSU softball program," said second-year head coach Chris Starke. "We’ve enjoyed a great season to this point, but we’re not done yet. This will be a very competitive weekend, and we need to continue to do the things that have gotten us here."
The Bobcats have been sparked by the pitching tandem of senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) and freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley).
Cook (11-6, 2.52 ERA) and Potts (11-5, 3.12) are tied for the FSU single-season record for victories and have combined for 92 strikeouts and just 32 walks in 209 1/3 innings.
In AMCC play, Potts was a perfect 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, while Cook was 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA. Cook’s lone loss was a 5-3 setback to Penn State Altoona in which the Bobcats made four errors leading to two unearned runs.
"I can’t say enough about Andria and Lori," Starke said. "They have both worked extremely well with our catcher, sophomore Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett), and our pitching coach Wes Landrum. They have all certainly been a huge part of our success."
Sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll), a strong candidate for AMCC Player of the Year honors, paces FSU with a .456 batting average, 26 runs, 41 hits, nine doubles, four home runs and 28 RBI.
Junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) is hitting .361 with 22 runs, a .451 on-base percentage and seven steals, while Potts is hitting .333 with six doubles, 18 RBI and 16 runs.
Senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) is batting .312 with seven doubles, 17 runs and 17 RBI.
Penn State Altoona, the runner-up in the last two AMCC Tournaments, are led by sophomore pitcher Dana Garman (11-9, 2.83 ERA, 123 Ks).
Sophomore Nicole Clapper (.421, 12 2B, 33 RBI), freshman Amanda Shomo (.390, 8 2B, 2 HR, 36 RBI) and senior Jen Patishnock (.311, 11 2B, 25 RBI) lead a potent offensive attack.
The Redhawks, which won three straight AMCC Tournament titles from 2000-2002 before Pitt-Bradford snapped their run last year, feature a combined 10 freshmen and sophomores on their 12-player roster. La Roche began the season 1-9 before winning eight of the last 12.
Junior Chrystal Delgado (.511, 7 2B, 14 R) and sophomore Katie Heckert (.423, 8 2B, 12 RBI) lead the offense, while freshman Brittany Haggerty (8-4, 2.67 ERA) paces the pitching staff.
Pitt-Bradford looks to repeat last year’s tournament performance, when it captured its first championship as the No. 3 seed.
The Panthers are led by senior AMCC Pre-Season Player of the Year Nichole Spindler (.442, 8 2B, 29 RBI), junior Cassandra Walker (.388, 6 RBI) and freshman Jamie Keane (.333, 4 2B, 12 RBI). Freshman Kristy Zavinski is 9-2 with a league-best 1.46 ERA.
"All of the regular-season games between the four schools in the tournament have been close, so it's going to come down to who makes more of the routine plays," said Starke. "Everyone's 0-0 and has an equal shot at winning the whole thing. It should be fun."
2004 AMCC Softball Championship Schedule
(subject to change)
Friday, April 30
Game 1 - 10:00 am - #1 Frostburg State vs. #4 Penn State Altoona
Game 2 - 12:30 pm - #2 La Roche vs. #3 Pitt-Bradford
Game 3 - 3:00 pm - Loser G1 vs. Loser G2
Saturday, May 1
Game 4 - 10:00 am - Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
Game 5 - 12:30 pm - Winner G3 vs. Loser G4
Game 6 - 3:00 pm - Winner G4 vs. Winner G5
Sunday, May 2
Game 7 - 11:00 am - Same as Game 6 (if needed)
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303