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New Look Softball Team Poised for AMCC Title Run
03/01/2007

FROSTBURG, Md. -The 2007 Frostburg State softball team will have a different look than last season’s squad that went 24-18 overall and 13-5 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference. Having lost six starters, the Bobcats look to a more youthful team to help guide them towards their second AMCC title in the program’s history.

FSU welcomes back senior pitcher Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va,/Loudoun Valley), after she medically red shirted for the 2006 season due to an injury. Prior to injuring herself, she made six starts, pitching one complete game, while striking out 51 batters. She was a First Team All-AMCC selection in 2004 and 2005 and will be relied upon as the team’s number one starting pitcher this spring.

“She was having a solid year before becoming injured,” said Head Coach Wes Landrum. “She’s been pitching great in preseason and I look forward to her picking up where she left off.”

Senior Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) began the 2006 season at second base, but found a home at center field for the last 17-of-19 games. She will start the season in centerfield after earning Second Team All-AMCC honors a year ago. She led the team in steals, successfully converting on 7-of-8 attempts.

“Amanda put up good stats last season, and I look for her to steal more bases this season,” added Landrum.

Junior Amanda Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./North County) returns as the team’s starting catcher. She was a 2006 Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Third Team selection as well as a First Team All-AMCC honoree. She hit .307 with 16 RBI’s and two homeruns. She led the team with 217 putouts, while boasting a .988 fielding percentage.

“I look to her to put up even more offensive numbers this year and she will battle to be the team’s top hitter,” stated Landrum.

Junior Meghan Dabkowski (Eastnorthport, N.Y./Commack) saw a move to first base last season, due to injuries. She will return to her natural position in the outfield, as well as seeing time behind the plate this season. She hit .254 with four doubles, 15 runs scored, and 12 RBI’s, while also successfully converting on all her stolen base attempts (4).

Junior Heather Proud (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) is a local transfer from Allegany College of Maryland. She will likely start in the outfield and should help out on the offensive end.

Junior Lindsay Seal (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) transferred in from Frederick Community College. She should be the teams starting third baseman on opening day and is also expected to see time at catcher.

“Lindsay and Heather bring some maturity to a young team. Both have played in college and will be looked upon for their leadership and offensive abilities,” said Landrum.

Junior Lindsay Durkin (Damascus, Md./Damascus) enters her first season as a softball player for Frostburg State University. She will be used as one of the team’s pitcher, as well as in the outfield.

“She has shown a lot of improvement since the fall season,” stated Landrum.

Junior Laura Durkin (Damascus, Md./Damascus), twin sister of teammate Lindsay Durkin, will battle for time in both the outfield and the infield.

The team’s lone sophomore, Kaitlyn Wagner (Leesburg, Va./Loudoun County) will see a move from second base to short stop. She finished fourth on the team in hits (34) and RBI’s (16), while batting .296 in 41 games.

“Defensively, Kaitlyn will be looked at as the team’s infield leader and on the offensive side, I expect her to put up better numbers,” added Landrum.

The Bobcats have six freshmen on the roster, with three being asked to start right away.

Samantha Quirin (Lovettsville, Va./Loudoun Valley), brings a strong arm and good swing to the team and should be the starting first baseman.

“She has great attributes and when it comes to game time, she brings everything together,” said Landrum.

Amber Macintosh (Point of Rocks, Md./Brunswick) is one of the quickest on the team and is aware of game situations. Due to her speed, she has transformed into a slap hitter at the plate and she should see time in the outfield this season.

Kelly Filipowicz (Elkrdige, Md./Long Reach) and Lindsay Freitag (Baltimore, Md./Parkville) will both battle for time in the infield. Filipowiz is developing into a slap hitter and will compete at second base. Freitag is a natural athletic outfielder, but will battle for playing time at both second and third base.

Katelyn Coffey (Middletown, Md./Middletown) will looked at as the team’s second starting pitcher. She is also a solid hitter that will get a great deal of at-bats.

“Katelyn will benefit from playing with Lori Potts and should blossom into a great pitcher,” commented Landrum.

Leisa Bohannon (Myerstown, Pa./ELCO) rounds out the freshman class and should compete for time in the Bobcat outfield.

Once again, FSU is set to play one of the most difficult schedules in recent history. The Bobcats open up against Division III defending national champion Rutgers-Camden in the Atlantic vs. East Challenge at Virginia Beach. The team will also play Rowan in the tournament, which finished last season 37-3 and ranked second in the east regional rankings.

The AMCC looks to be tough once again this year, with Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford leading the pack. PSB defeated Bradford last season to claim the AMCC title, getting the automatic bid to get into the NCAA Tournament, whereas Pitt-Bradford was awarded an at-large bid.

“I expect Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford to be very tough games,” stated Landrum. “Bradford has been to the NCAA’s three years in a row, while winning the conference three of the last four seasons. I think this season we will surprise some people. We are young, but very athletic and skilled.”

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