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Softball Looks to Go On the Defensive at AMCC Tournament

FROSTBURG, Md. - There’s an old saying in sports that offense wins games and defense wins championships, and the Frostburg State softball team will most likely live or die by that adage at the 2005 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Tournament that begins Friday morning in Pittsburgh.

The Bobcats (16-17, 11-7 AMCC), who won last year’s regular-season title and finished as the runner-up to Pitt-Bradford last season, enter the weekend as the No. 4 seed.

FSU starts its quest for the AMCC title and the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament at 10 am when they take on No. 5 Hilbert (11-13, 9-9) in a first-round single-elimination play-in game at North Allegheny High School.

No. 3 Medaille (18-16, 13-5) and No. 6 Penn State Behrend (9-23, 9-9) will meet in the other play-in contest at La Roche.

First-round winners will then advance to the double-elimination portion of the tournament with No. 1 La Roche (25-5-1, 16-2) and No. 2 Pitt-Bradford (21-12-1, 13-5) that continues Friday at 1:30 pm.

The Bobcats split their regular-season doubleheader with Hilbert April 5 in Frostburg. FSU had little trouble in the opener, pounding out 15 hits in an easy 14-0 victory, but the Hawks benefited from a season-high five Bobcat errors to pull off a stunning 5-3 win in the nightcap.

As FSU’s defense goes, so has its chances of success this season. The Bobcats have made just 12 errors in their 16 wins but have committed a whopping 36 errors in their 17 losses.

FSU enters the AMCC Tournament on a season-high six-game losing skid, with four of those coming by just a single run. The Red and Black have hurt themselves with 15 errors in that span, and that trend will need to be reversed if they hope to return to the championship game for the second straight year.

Sophomore Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) leads the Bobcat offense with her .437 batting average and .515 on-base percentage.

Junior Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) is hitting .427 with eight doubles, three homers and a team-high 33 RBIs and enters the weekend on a hot streak, having gone 9-for-16 with nine RBIs in her last five games.

Senior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) has been a solid table-setter from the top of the lineup all year and is hitting .324 with a team-high 26 runs scored and six steals.

Junior Bethany Seyler (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) has stepped up her performance at the plate, raising her average from .208 to .381 over the last month. FSU’s No. 9 hitter has belted eight doubles and driven in 21 runs this season, and she has hit safely in 14 of the last 15 contests.

Junior Jen Cook (Crespatown, Md./Allegany) has emerged as the ace of the staff in her first season after transferring from nearby Allegany College.

Facing FSU’s top opponents, she has posted a 7-7 record with a team-best 2.50 ERA to go along with a single-season school-record 83 strikeouts in 78.1 innings. She has seven complete games, and her five shutouts ties the FSU single-season mark set by Potts last year.

Potts and junior Shannon Sturtz (Middletown, Md./Middletown) give the Bobcats depth if needed. Potts is 4-4 with a 3.32 ERA, while Sturtz is 4-6 with a 3.34 ERA.

2005 AMCC Softball Tournament
Friday, May 6
First Round
10a: #4 Frostburg State vs. #5 Hilbert (at NAHS)
10a: #3 Medaille vs. #6 Penn State Behrend (at LAR)

Double Elimination Portion (at La Roche)
G1 - 1:30 pm: #1 La Roche vs. Winner 4 vs. 5
G2 – 4:00 pm: #2 Pitt-Bradford vs. Winner 3 vs. 6

Saturday, May 7 (at La Roche)
G3 – 10:00 am: Loser G1 vs. Loser G2
G4 – 12:30 pm: Winner G1 vs. Winner G2
G5 - 3:00 pm: Loser G4 vs. Winner G3

Sunday, May 8 (at La Roche)
Game 6 - 11:00 pm: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5
Game 7 – 1:30 pm: Same as Game 6 (if needed)

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