It's been six years but the time has come for Frostburg State University, according to the 2004 AMCC pre-season coaches’ poll.  The Bobcats earned three of seven first place votes to make them the favorite to take the conference title for the first time since they won it in 1998.  Close on their heels will be Penn State Altoona and La Roche College, both of which took a pair of first place nods.

Unlike 2003 when there was no consensus on a Preseason Player of the Year, the vote was near-unanimous for University of Pittsburgh at Bradford senior catcher Nikki Spindler (Bradford HS/Bradford, PA).  A second-team All-AMCC selection for the defending champion Panthers in 2003, Spindler hit .421 (#3 in the AMCC) with 53 hits and 24 runs scored.  She also contributed 28 RBI, a team-high 15 doubles and 2 triples.  Nearly as resounding a choice for Preseason Pitcher of the Year is Penn State Altoona sophomore Dana Garman (Hollidaysburg HS/Hollidaysburg, PA).  Garman, a second team All-AMCC honoree, led the conference in strikeouts (115, 6.9 K's per 7) and was second overall in pitching victories with 15.

Preseason Rankings:
1. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Altoona
3. La Roche

Preseason Pitcher of the Year:
 Dana Garman, Penn State Altoona

Preseason Player of the Year:
Nikki Spindler, Pitt-Bradford

                                    Other players to watch:
Frostburg State
2B Stephanie Zych (Guilderland HS/Slingerlands, NY)...Second team All-AMCC in 2003...hit a career-high .371 with 26 hits, 3 doubles, 19 RBI...team high 27 runs scored
IF Trish Brown (North Carroll HS/Manchester, MD)....Last season batted .373 with 31 hits, 5 doubles, 19 RBI,  and 23 runs scored
Second team All-AMCC
La Roche
SS/OF Chrystal Delgado (Shaler Area HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...Ranked nationally last season in triples per game with 6 (.20 per game)...in AMCC competition batted .432 with 12 RBI, 6 doubles, 4 triples and 2 home runs...also perfect in the field against AMCC opponents

Lake Erie
C Crystal Limpert (John Marshall HS/Cleveland, OH)...Led the Storm in 2003 with a .368 batting average...contributed with 25 hits, including 3 triples
SS Sarah Miller (Holmes HS/Covington, KY)...First year college player

Penn State Altoona

3B Jen Patishnock (Bald Eagle Area HS/Pleasant Gap, PA)...Four-year starter for the Lions.

Penn State Behrend

C/SS Charity Marsh (DuBois HS/DuBois, PA)...Drove in 12 runs on 18 hits...batted .243
P/1B Becky Corbin (Northeast HS/Erie, PA)...Hit .267 last season with 2 doubles, 3 triples and 11 RBI...fielding percentage of .944...3.86 ERA

DP/1B Kristin Malone (Center Valley, PA)...First team All-AMCC last season as a freshman...her .410 batting average included 25 hits and 6 doubles

IF Amy Newland (Shaler HS/Allison Park, PA)...Batted .304 last year, scoring 7 runs...team-high 4 stolen bases
P/IF/C Katie Anderson (Kiski Area HS/Apollo, PA)...Saw 42 innings on the mound in 2003, with a 6.50 ERA...scored 9 runs, smacked 2 triples with a .260 batting average