FROSTBURG, MD —
The Frostburg State softball team recently announced its 2004 team award winners following its best season in school history.
Sophomore first baseman Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) was named the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the Bobcats in 10 offensive categories.
Brown hit .468, posted a .780 slugging percentage and a .532 on-base percentage, scored 34 runs, set school records with 51 hits and 85 total bases, tied school records with six home runs and 35 RBI, smacked 12 doubles and drew 16 walks.
She also tied for the team lead with two triples.
Brown, who finished the year ranked 25th in NCAA Division III in slugging percentage and 32nd in batting average, was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Co-Player of the Year and earned AMCC Player of the Week honors twice.
"Trish had a phenomenal year for us and was by far the top offensive player in our conference," said Bobcat second-year head coach Chris Starke. "She came through with clutch plays both on offense and defense and developed into one of our team leaders as the season progressed. She'll continue to be a crucial part of our success over the next two years."
Senior pitcher Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) earned the team's Coaches Award in her lone year with the program after transferring from Columbia Union College.
Cook earned first-team All-AMCC honors after finishing 12-8 overall with a 2.59 earned run average and setting school single-season records for innings pitched (140.2), appearances (27), starts (23) and complete games (18). She struck out 58 while walking just 21 and tossed two shutouts.
Cook, who played her first two seasons of collegiate softball at Hagerstown Community College, threw the second perfect game in FSU history when she blanked Wells 20-0 March 21 and also tossed a three-hit 8-0 shutout of La Roche April 18.
"Andria was a tremendous surprise for us this year and did a fantastic job," Starke said. "She really enjoyed herself this season and was a great addition to our program. I wish we had her back for another year."
Senior outfielder Lindsey Secrest (Hagerstown, Md./Williamsport) was named the team's Most Improved Player in her only season with the Bobcats.
Secrest, who also played two seasons at Hagerstown Community College, hit .271 with 23 hits, including four doubles, scored 16 runs and drove in eight more.
Secrest played in 37 of FSU's 40 games and drove in the winning runs against both Meredith and Hartwick.
"Lindsey hadn't played in a few years and worked extremely hard over the course of the season to get better," said Starke. "She did a nice job in centerfield and was also willing to catch and play first on occasion. She was a great pleasure to coach."
The Bobcats finished 26-14 overall, including 11-1 in the AMCC, and captured their first-ever AMCC regular-season title. FSU was second in the AMCC Tournament, earned a berth to the ECAC Tournament — the first post-season bid in the program's nine-year history — and set or tied 30 school records.
FSU is slated to return eight of its 12 players, including six starters.
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303