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Six Bobcats Earn All-AMCC Softball Honors
05/06/2004

FROSTBURG, MD - Six Frostburg State softball players were named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Team at the conclusion of this past weekend’s championship tournament.

Sophomore first baseman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) was voted to the first team and shared Player of the Year honors with La Roche junior shortstop Chrystal Delgado.

Pitt-Greensburg freshman outfielder Jaime Lindner was voted the Newcomer of the Year, while FSU head coach Chris Starke and Lake Erie head coach Gary VanCauwenberge were selected Co-Coaches of the Year.

Frostburg State finished 26-14 overall and won its first-ever AMCC regular-season title with an 11-1 league mark. The Bobcats placed second in the AMCC Tournament and also earned a berth to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Championship, the first post-season bid in the program’s nine-year history.

Brown led the team in 10 offensive categories – batting average (.468), runs (34), hits (51), doubles (12), home runs (6), RBI (35), total bases (85), slugging percentage (.780), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.532). She also tied for first in triples (2).

Brown was named the AMCC Player of the Week twice during the season.

"Trish was absolutely phenomenal this year," said Bobcat head coach Chris Starke. "She rarely got fooled on a pitch and hit the ball hard nearly every at bat. She was one of the most dangerous players in the league and was often pitched around in key situations."

Joining Brown on the first team were senior pitcher Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany), junior second baseman Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and freshman outfielder Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley).

Cook finished 12-8 overall with a 2.59 earned run average in her lone year with the Bobcats after transferring from Columbia Union College. She set school records for innings pitched (140.2), appearances (27), starts (23) and complete games (18). She struck out 58 while walking 21 and tossed two shutouts.

Cook, who went 4-1 with a 1.75 ERA against AMCC teams in the regular season, threw just the second perfect game in FSU history when she blanked Wells 20-0 March 21.

Cook also tossed a three-hit 8-0 shutout of La Roche April 18.

"Andria did a fantastic job this year and was our workhorse from the start," Starke said. "She worked very well with Coach [Wes] Landrum, our pitching coach, and kept us in nearly every game in which she pitched."

Boswell finished third on the team in batting average (.338), was second in both runs (26) and on-base percentage (.427), tied for third in walks (12) and tied for fifth in hits (26). She was also a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases.

"Amanda saw limited action the first few weeks of the season and then gave us a spark when she moved into the leadoff spot," said Starke. "Her speed made her a great threat whenever she put the ball in play."

Potts, one of only three Bobcats to play in all 40 games, enjoyed an outstanding rookie season. She finished second on the team in batting average (.343), slugging percentage (.407), hits (37), RBI (20) and total bases (44), tied for second in doubles (7), was third in on-base percentage (.387) and ranked fifth in runs (18).

Potts was equally impressive in the pitching circle, going 14-6 with a 3.07 ERA and tossing 13 complete games, including a school-record five shutouts. Her 14 victories are a single-season school record and already rank third on the FSU career list.

Against AMCC opponents in the regular season, Potts was a stellar 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

"In my mind, Lori was the best freshman in the conference this season," Starke said. "She was so valuable for us in left field and in the circle, and she showed a lot of versatility at the plate with her mix of speed and power. She’s going to continue to be a great player for us for the next three years."

Senior shortstop Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) earned second-team All-AMCC honors for the second consecutive season.

Zych, the only Bobcat to start all 40 games this season, hit .287 with seven doubles and a career-high 18 RBI. She was second on the team in walks (14), tied for second in doubles, was third in hits (33) and RBI and tied for third in runs (21).

She set a single-season school record for at-bats (115), and she graduates as FSU’s career leader in games played (115), at-bats (365), runs (92), hits (116) and walks (48).

"Stephanie had another solid year for us and made some outstanding defensive plays this season," Starke said. "She also came through with some clutch hits in conference games."

Sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) earned honorable mention honors as a designated player.

She hit .267 with 24 hits, including six doubles and two triples, and finished third with a .378 slugging percentage and 19 RBI.

"Krystal came on strong over the second half of the season and helped us with her versatility at first base and in left field," said Starke.

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