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Jackson Named AMCC Softball Player of the Year
04/24/2002

ERIE, PA — Frostburg State senior Krissy Jackson (Frostburg, Md./Beall) has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in a vote by the league's seven head coaches. Selections were based on performances against AMCC competition.

Jackson, who is one of four FSU players named to this year's All-AMCC squad, is the second Bobcat to take home the conference's top individual honor in as many years. Former Fort Hill standout Amber Waltz earned the award in 2001.

Jackson, who earned All-AMCC honorable mention honors the previous two seasons, has enjoyed a monstrous senior year as a catcher and shortstop.

She hit a team-high .531 in 12 AMCC contests, pounding seven doubles and two home runs while driving in 17 runs. She also posted an amazing .938 slugging percentage, scored 10 runs and drew nine walks against league competition.

Jackson is joined on the first team by sophomore third baseman Richelle Foor (Everett, Pa./Everett) and freshman second baseman Raelee Casazza (Miller Place, N.Y./Miller Place). Casazza also earned honorable mention honors as a pitcher, while sophomore Amber Blackmire (Hebron, Md./Mardela) was an honorable mention selection in the outfield.

Foor, who transferred from Waynesburg College, has been impressive in her first season with the Bobcats, posting a .405 batting average with 12 RBIs, 15 hits, six doubles, 14 runs and a triple in AMCC action.

Casazza turned in a solid rookie season splitting time as a pitcher and at second base. She hit .257 with three doubles, 12 runs and six RBIs against AMCC opponents, and she also picked up two wins and tossed three complete games in league play.

Blackmire had a strong showing in her first year as a full-time starter. She started all 12 AMCC games, hit .294 with 11 runs and 10 RBIs and made several spectacular catches in left field.

La Roche outfielder/pitcher Nikki Kress was voted the AMCC Newcomer of the Year, while La Roche's Orie Gentile was named the AMCC Coach of the Year after guiding the Redhawks to both the regular-season and tournament championships.

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