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Softball Sweeps Lake Erie to Clinch AMCC Regular-Season Title
04/24/2004

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State clinched its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Lake Erie Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats took the opener 3-2 before posting a 6-0 shutout in the second contest.

FSU, which is now 22-11 overall and 9-1 in the AMCC, will host the AMCC Tournament next weekend for the first time in the league's seven-year history.

The 22 wins is a single-season school record, surpassing the former mark set by the 1998 squad that finished 20-8 and won FSU's only AMCC Tournament title.

"This is certainly a great day for this team and for our program," said Bobcat second-year head coach Chris Starke. "Our players have worked extremely hard on a daily basis since we started back in the fall, and I'm very happy they're enjoying this success."

In game one, senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) scattered eight hits and allowed just one earned run while striking out three. She picked up her school-record 11th win of the year (11-6) and also tied another school mark with her 17th complete game of the year.

The Bobcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second.

Senior Stephanie Zych (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland) singled and later scored on a passed ball and sophomore Sarah Savoye (Davidsonville, Md./South River) added a RBI-single.

FSU increased its advantage to 3-0 in the third when junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) led off with a walk and later came home on a double by freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley).

In the fourth, Lake Erie (5-23, 1-10 AMCC) scored an unearned run and had the bases loaded with none out, but Cook induced a fielder's choice to the plate and a double-play groundout to end the inning.

The Storm pulled to within 3-2 in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Kristen Kolenda before Cook closed out the win with a foul flyout to right.

In game two, FSU scored all six of its runs on six Lake Erie errors, while Potts scattered six singles over seven innings for her school-record tying third shutout of the season.

Potts improved to 11-5 on the year and tied the single-season school mark for wins set by Cook in the opener.

The Bobcats got all they would need in the first.

With one out, sophomore Jessica Smith (La Vale, Md./Allegany) reached on an infield error, and Zych followed with a walk. One out later, sophomore Krystal Dixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) laced a two-run double to center to score both runners.

FSU built a 4-0 lead in the second thanks to three more Storm miscues. Savoye reached on an error to start the inning, moved to third on two passed balls and scored on a single by senior Marsha Moats (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown). Moats later scored on a throwing error.

Lake Erie threatened in the fourth, loading the bases on an error and two singles, but Potts got a fielder's choice home and a lineout to center to end the inning.

The Bobcats completed the scoring with two runs in the sixth.

Savoye began the inning by reaching on another Lake Erie error and scored on a double by Moats. Moats moved to third on another Storm miscue and scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith.

"Our hitting was a little off today, but Andria and Lori gave us two outstanding efforts and we made some excellent defensive plays when we needed them," added Starke.

FSU closes out its AMCC schedule tomorrow when it hosts Pitt-Greensburg in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.

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