GIBSONIA, PA —
Frostburg State is favored to win the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference softball title according to the 2004 AMCC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll released last Friday.
The Bobcats earned three of seven first-place votes, while Penn State Altoona and La Roche were right on their heels with two first-place nods apiece.
"This is certainly a great honor for our program and shows how quickly our players have earned the respect of the coaches around our league," said FSU second-year head coach Chris Starke. "Four or five teams really have a shot at winning the title this year, and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Frostburg State finished 13-12 overall and fourth in the AMCC with a 7-5 mark last season. The Bobcats, who won their only AMCC title in 1998, return six starters and have added several talented players to the mix.
Penn State Altoona (22-13-1, 10-2) was the runner-up in the AMCC Tournament for the second year in a row, while La Roche (25-6-1, 11-1) won its fourth straight regular-season title before finishing third in the league tournament. Both teams should be strong again despite suffering key losses to graduation.
Pitt-Bradford senior catcher Nikki Spindler was the near-unanimous choice for Pre-Season Player of the Year after hitting .421 with 53 hits and 24 runs scored for the defending AMCC Tournament champion Panthers. She added 28 RBIs, 15 doubles and two triples.
Penn State Altoona sophomore Dana Garman was tabbed the Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year after going 15-8, tossing 17 complete games and posting a league-leading 115 strikouts in 2003.
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Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303