Fowler finishes 2008 on high note

May 09, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

EMMITSBURG, Md. -- Jamie Fowler was sorry to see the 2008 softball season end at Mount St. Mary's University.

"I wanted to finish on a big note," the 21-year-old pitcher said. "We were not eligible for the (conference) tournament, but the drive was still there to do well. Nothing changed as far as my preparation for games was concerned."

The junior right-hander, a graduate of South Hagerstown High School, won the final three games of the season and made her mark in the Northeast Conference and Mountaineers' career record books.

She led the NEC in complete games (20), games started (30), appearances (35) and innings pitched (181). She was second in shutouts (6), third in strikeouts (132), fifth in earned run average (2.76) and fifth in wins (12).


And thanks to a successful final week of the season, Fowler also moved up in the Mount St. Mary's record book. She is now fourth all-time in wins (24), strikeouts (246) and games pitched (80) and seventh in innings pitched (373). She's also one of only six hurlers to have more than 20 career wins and 200 strikeouts.

The closing efforts earned her NEC Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of April 21-27 and Mount St. Mary's Athlete of the Week award.

Fowler was unbeaten in the last week with three shutouts, 20 scoreless innings and 23 strikeouts.

"I've had some good games this year, but the 4-0 win over Quinnipiac (the final weekend) was probably my best game," Fowler said. "I say that for two reasons: They were a good team and they were a conference opponent."

Coach Larry Alvis was pleased with Fowler's progress in 2008.

"I recruited Jamie. I thought she had the potential to be our No. 1 pitcher. She's making the transition (from high school to college softball) very well. Although she can overpower batters, she is learning how to pitch on the college level. It's a big adjustment but she's on the right path," Alvis said.

"I feel I've improved each year," Fowler said. "I mostly relied on a fast ball and rise ball and tried to keep the batters off-balance."

Despite pitching two or three times a week and throwing nearly 400 innings this season, Fowler says she rarely got arm-weary and can throw as many innings a week as necessary.

"The only time my arm hurts is at the beginning of the season, a time when I haven't pitched during the winter months," Fowler said. "Other than that, the arm didn't bother me."

Fowler helped the team to a 21-36 overall record and 4-14 in the NEC. The 21 wins were the third most in program history.

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