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Softball Visits Misericordia in First Round of ECAC Tournament

FROSTBURG, MD - The Frostburg State softball team enters unchartered territory tomorrow when it visits College Misericordia in the first round of the 2004 ECAC Division III Southern Championship at 4:00 p.m.

The No. 6 Bobcats (26-13) are making their first-ever post-season appearance in the program’s nine-year history. The No. 3 Cougars (32-10) are in the ECAC Tournament for the third time in the last four years.

"This is an exciting time for our team and our program," said FSU head coach Chris Starke. "I am so proud of our players and am glad they get the chance to experience playing in the post-season. They’ve worked extremely hard all year long and deserve this opportunity."

No. 4 Pitt-Bradford (21-6), which knocked off FSU to win the AMCC Tournament last weekend, will host No. 5 Widener (23-12) in Wednesday’s other first-round game.

The winners will advance to the four-team double-elimination portion of the tournament Saturday and Sunday at Montclair State. No. 1 Montclair State (29-10) will take on either Pitt-Bradford or Widener, while No. 2 Ursinus (31-9-1) will face either Misericordia or Frostburg State.

FSU won its first-ever Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular-season title before falling to Pitt-Bradford twice in the AMCC Tournament last weekend.

The Bobcats have established 10 team records this year, including most victories, while 12 individual single-season marks have also been set.

Sophomore Trish Brown (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) paces the Bobcat offense, hitting .472 with 12 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 35 RBI. She has set single-season school records for hits (50) and total bases (84) and has also tied marks for home runs and RBI.

Freshman Lori Potts (Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley) has made an immediate impact this season, hitting .352 with seven doubles and 20 RBI. She is also 14-5 with a 2.80 ERA and has set school single-season records for victories and shutouts (5).

Junior Amanda Boswell (Marbury, Md./Lackey) is hitting .338 with 25 runs scored, and she owns a .424 on-base percentage as well as a team-high seven stolen bases.

Senior Andria Cook (Cresaptown, Md./Allegany) is 12-8 with a 2.62 ERA. She has established four FSU pitching marks this year, including complete games (18) and innings pitched (139.0).

Misericordia won the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference regular-season title but finished second in the PAC Tournament for the sixth straight year.

The Cougars won their first two games of the tournament but fell to Cabrini twice on the final day to miss out on the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Senior shortstop Amber Lazorka and sophomore centerfielder Kerri Buckman set the table at the top of the lineup. Lazorka is hitting .394 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 19 RBI.

She has scored 53 runs, drawn 29 walks and stolen 10 bases. Buckman is hitting .384 with five doubles, 23 RBI and a team-best 13 sacrifices.

Freshman catcher Jennifer Gehman and senior first baseman Tiffany Gray supply much of the power. Gehman is hitting .333 with seven doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 39 RBI, while Gray is batting .320 with six doubles, five homers and 32 RBI.

Senior Rachel Matthews (12-3, 1.41 ERA, 5 shutouts) and sophomore Laura Mushinski (9-3, 0.76, four shutouts) pace a pitching staff that boasts a 1.36 ERA, 12 shutouts and a .218 opponent batting average.

"Misericordia is a program with a lot of post-season experience and looks very strong on paper," said Starke. "We learned a lot about ourselves playing for the AMCC championship last weekend, but we missed some opportunities. We need to play hard like we’ve been doing all year and execute the fundamentals that have gotten us where we are."

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