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Pitt-Bradford Blanks Frostburg State to Win 2004 AMCC Softball Title

FROSTBURG, MD - Pitt-Bradford posted a 4-0 shutout of Frostburg State to win the 2004 AMCC softball championship Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

Freshman Kristy Zavinksi limited the Bobcats to four singles in a complete-game effort as the Panthers won their second straight AMCC Tournament crown.

Frostburg State (26-13) looked to strike first in the top of the second when sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) singled to right and freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) followed with a bunt single.

However, Zavinski worked out of the jam with a fielder's choice, a popup and a strike out.

Pitt-Bradford (21-6) took a 2-0 lead in the third. Zavinski singled to open the inning and Cassandra Walker reached on an error that allowed Zavinksi to advance to third.

Walker then stole second and Catrina Retterer doubled home Zavinksi. Walker later scored on a sacrifice fly.

Zavinksi then retired the next seven Bobcats before freshman Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) singled with one out in the sixth. Griswold advanced to third on a bunt before Zavinski ended the threat with a groundout.

The Panthers put the game away with two more runs in the sixth. Michelle Pushinsky and Nicole Spindler had back-to-back singles to start the inning and Shannon Keane then hit what should have been a three-run home run to left. However, Keane failed to touch home and was mobbed by her teammates before returning to the plate and was called out. Both runs still scored on what was officially a two-run triple.

Zavinksi sealed the championship with a fielder's choice and two flyouts in the top of the seventh. She allowed just four singles and struck out four in the complete-game effort.

Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) allowed three earned runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Potts, who struck three batters in 2/3 of an inning (one batter reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout).

"Pitt-Bradford was simply the better team this weekend," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "Zavinksi shut us down for the second straight day, and they came up with big plays when it mattered most. We played hard, but errors and missed opportunities hurt us.

"This certainly doesn't take anything away from what we've accomplished this season. We didn't reach our final destination of winning the conference title, but it was a great ride nonetheless."

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