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Softball Announces Additions for 2003-04

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State University softball team has added four players who intend to enroll this fall, head coach Chris Starke announced recently. The incoming players include two freshmen and two transfers.

Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) and Amanda Griswold (Rockville, Md./Magruder) will join the Bobcats after strong high school careers.

Potts, a standout second baseman, pitcher and outfielder, helped Loudoun Valley to the school's first Group AA state championship this year. She batted .370 with a team-high 37 hits from the lead-off spot and also wen 8-1 with two shutouts in the circle.

The Vikings finished 22-2-1 and earned the No. 1 ranking in the final Washington Post poll, and Potts was named to both the All-District and All-Region first teams as well the Washington Post Loudoun All-Extra squad.

Potts, who will also play volleyball for the Bobcats, helped Loudoun Valley win the 2001-02 state volleyball title and earned Washington Post Loudoun All-Extra honorable mention honors.

Also a standout in the classroom, Potts received several academic honors and was named the Loudoun Valley High School Outstanding Senior Female Athlete.

"Lori comes from very successful high school and summer travel programs and will make an immediate impact in our program," said Starke. "She has the ability to play several key positions, possesses excellent speed and bat control and will give us a spark at the top of the lineup. She played in a very tough high school district, facing several Division I pitchers, and she knows what it takes to win."

Griswold, who can play both second base and shortstop, enjoyed a strong career at Magruder, helping her team to a pair of Maryland Division 4A region championships.

She was a Washington Post All-Met honorable mention selection this past year after leading a young Magruder team into the second round of the state playoffs.

Griswold will also play field hockey for the Bobcats in the fall.

"Amanda's another versatile player who will give us several options," said Starke. "She has good quickness and a solid glove. She also brings great summer travel ball experience with the MVSA Storm."

Junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) and senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) are transferring to FSU.

Boswell, who can play both second and third, comes from the College of Southern Maryland, where she helped the Hawks to a 55-17 record in her two seasons.

As a freshman, she hit .405 and earned All-Maryland Junior College honorable mention honors as well as the CSM Coach's Award. This past year, she served as a team co-captain and helped the team to a 25-10 finish.

Boswell will also play field hockey for the Bobcats in the fall.

"Amanda comes from a highly successful junior college program and is a strong player with excellent fundamentals," Starke said. "She's quick, plays flawless defense and is strong offensively."

Cook, a former standout at nearby Allegany High School, joins the Bobcats after spending last year at Division II Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md. She also played at Hagerstown Community College for two years.

"Andria brings outstanding experience having played with the Cumberland Heat, Hagerstown and Columbia Union," said Starke. "She's had great coaching, and she'll give our pitching staff some needed depth while also competing for time at other positions."

"We've addressed some needs as far as speed and defensive play is concerned. We didn't have much of a short game last season because our personnel didn't allow it, but we should be able to put more pressure on our opponents next year.

"These four players are excellent athletes, but more importantly, they're excellent people," said Starke, who expects several other walk-ons in the fall as well. "They're strong both on the field and in the classroom, and they will represent our program well."

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