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Softball Among the Top NFCA Division III Academic Teams

STARKVILLE, MS — The Frostburg State softball team is ranked among the top academic teams in NCAA Division III for the 2003-04 academic year according to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Bobcats earned a 3.185 cumulative GPA to place 48th out of 65 Division III institutions who submitted.

There are over 350 colleges that sponsor softball at the Division III level.

Rankings are based on cumulative team grade-point averages submitted by NFCA member head coaches for the past academic year.

In addition to naming the top academic teams in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as NAIA, junior colleges and high schools, the NFCA recognized over 2,700 scholar-athletes that posted better than 3.5 GPAs last year.

Three FSU players — Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) and Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland), who both graduated last May, and current junior Megan Burner (Oakland, Md./Southern Garrett) were named NFCA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Burner, who also earned the honor for the 2002-03 academic year, and Zych posted perfect 4.0 GPAs last year, while Moats earned a 3.555 GPA.

Five other Bobcats narrowly missed the 3.5 minimum for national scholar-athlete honors.

"I’m extremely proud of our players for achieving such great success in the classroom last year, especially considering we played 26 of our 40 games on the road," said Bobcat Head Coach Chris Starke. "Our team GPA has gone up each of the last four semesters, and last year’s squad has certainly set the bar high for the future."

Last season, Frostburg State finished 26-14 overall and won its first Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title with an 11-1 league mark.

The 26 overall victories and 11 conference wins are both school records.

The Bobcats finished second in the AMCC Tournament and earned their first-ever berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Region Championship.

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