Special to the OBSERVER
SHENANDOAH, Texas - Fredonia State senior Ryan Fuller completed his collegiate diving career with a sixth-place finish Saturday in the 3-meter springboard competition at the NCAA Division III championship meet, held at the Conroe (Texas) Independent School District Natatorium.
Competing in his first NCAA meet, Fuller earned 491.20 points following a second round of voluntary dives Saturday night.
William Guedes, a sophomore from Kalamazoo, won the event with 572.50 points.
During preliminaries, Fuller scored 493.35 points for his 11-dive set, fifth-best in a field of 24 men. His score included 190.90 points for five optional dives. The optional score carried over to the evening session.
Consistency was his hallmark during the afternoon voluntaries with scores ranging from two highs of 54.60 points - twice - to a low of 46.20.
Some of that consistency evaded him during the optionals as he slowly dropped out of the top eight before rallying with scores of 39.90 and 50.40 points on his final two dives.
The final dive moved him up four spots and into the eight-man final.
It also earned him a First Team All-American certificate. He was recognized as an Honorable Mention with a 10th-place finish Thursday in the men's 1-meter competition.
two pitchers' duels
CLERMONT, Fla. - Fredonia State dropped a pair of well-pitched games against two nationally ranked teams, 3-1 to Tufts and 2-1 to Carthage, in NCAA Division III women's softball action Saturday at the National Training Center.
Senior right-hander Danielle Shelp started both games. She finished with a complete-game six-hitter against No. 13 ranked Tufts, and allowed three hits over the first four innings against Carthage.
Senior right-hander Alyssa Brognano pitched the final three innings vs. Carthage and allowed a walk-off, two-out single. The loss dropped her record to 1-1.
Senior right fielder Anne Wasik accounted for all of Fredonia State's scoring. Against Tufts, Wasik led off the first inning with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a single by senior center fielder Katie Bartkowiak, and scored on a single by freshman second baseman Alyssa Morgan.
The run cut the Blue Devils' deficit to 2-1. Tufts added an insurance run in the sixth inning as the Jumbos improved to 12-1.
Against Carthage, ranked No. 16 in the NFCA preseason poll, the Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Wasik walked, advanced to second on a walk, went to third on a single by Bartkowiak, and scored on a wild pitch.
Shelp yielded a game-tying home run in the last of the fourth inning before departing the circle.
The Lady Reds improved to 5-2 while the Blue Devils fell to 2-2 heading into today's games against. the University of Chicago (3 p.m.) and St. Olaf (7 p.m.).
Blue Devils roll
REDLANDS, Calif. - Fredonia State improved to 4-0 with a 14-6 victory Friday over Redlands (Calif.).
Marissa Cussins led the Blue Devil offense with five goals and two assists. Katie Kleine added three goals while goalkeeper Casey Chiesa made eight saves.
Shelby DePew and Rachael Reinis had two goals each while Juliana Kotas and Kaila Fox each had one goal. Katie Glagolev had two assists and Reinis one.
The Blue Devils, up 7-1 at halftime and 10-1 early in the second half, dominated all the statistical categories: 25-20 in shots, 12-10 in draw controls, 23-17 in ground balls and 13-5 in caused turnovers. Chiesa had seven ground balls, Cussins and Kleine had four each while Cussins added five draws and four caused turnovers.
Jacky Craycraft had five goals for Redlands, who fell to 7-4. The Bulldogs received votes in last week's NCAA Division III poll.
The Blue Devils wore red and gold shoelaces during the game as part of the national memorial to Siena Hill women's lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, killed along with her unborn child in a bus accident last weekend.
Blue Devils win Plattsburgh series
LAKE MYRTLE, Fla. - Fredonia State earned the series victory over Plattsburgh with a 3-0 win Saturday. The two teams split a pair of games on Friday.
Senior Zachary Hugg threw a complete-game gem to earn the win. Hugg kept Plattsburgh hitters off-balance through nine strong innings. He struck out four batters and allowed six hits while walking one.
Fredonia State generated all of the offense it needed in the second frame when second baseman Conner Lorenzo capped off a trio of two-out hits with an RBI single that plated Ian Gallagher, making the score 1-0.
Unable to put together any consistent offense against Hugg, the Cardinals put just three runners on the base paths through the first five innings and never put a runner on second base until the bottom of the sixth.
Kenny Johnston laced a double to right field to lead off the seventh before coming around to score on an unearned run after a Plattsburgh error.
The Blue Devils plated one final run in the top of the ninth to account for the final margin.
Plattsburgh falls to 1-2 in SUNYAC play and 3-9.
Fredonia State improves to 2-1 in SUNYAC and 3-2 overall.
The Blue Devils return to action Monday versus NAIA opponent Freed-Hardeman. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. at Chain of Lakes park.