Special to the OBSERVER
OSWEGO - Fredonia State defeated Oswego, 13-5, in the SUNYAC opener for both teams Saturday.
Marissa Cussins had five goals while Katie Kleine had four goals and three assists for the Blue Devils, who improved to 7-0 overall. Both women also had solid days in the field. Cussins was credited with four draw controls and four ground balls. Kleine had five draws, five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
"We got off to a very slow slart but we played much better in the second half than we did in the first half," Fredonia State head coach Chris Case said. "One area we've struggled in was draw controls and I hope we got that down today. I think we outdrew them 13-6."
Erin Edson, Shelby DePew, Rachael Reinis and Katie Glagolev had one goal each. Reinis also had five draw controls.
Blue Devil goalkeeper Casey Chiesa was called on to make four saves.
Oswego jumped to a 1-0 lead before the Blue Devils strung together the next three goals, two by Kleine and one by DePew. The Lakers (3-4) cut their deficit to 3-2 before the Blue Devils scored eight unanswered goals - two to close out the first half with a 5-2 lead and six straight to open the second half. Cussins had all five of her goals during the run.
"It was also nice to start our conference play with a win,"?Case said. "That moves us to 7-0 overall, which ties us for our best start ever as a program."
The Blue Devils visit Elmira on Tuesday before playing host to New Paltz and Wittenberg next Saturday and Sunday.
New Paltz hangs on
to sweep Blue Devils
Fredonia State's bid to split a doubleheader Saturday with New Paltz came down to the final outs of the second game.
After dropping the opener of the SUNYAC doubleheader, 5-2, the Blue Devils entered the last of the seventh of the second game trailing 6-2 after leading 2-0 early.
Jamie Atkins lined a single down the line in left and Anne Wasik was hit by a pitch to start the Fredonia State seventh. An error loaded the bases before Alyssa Morgan dropped a two-run single to center.
New Paltz head coach Tony Ciccarello changed pitchers, replacing starter Katie Rutcofsky with Erika Traina with the bases loaded and no outs. Traina issued a walk to re-load the bases, then Megan Medina delivered an RBI single to cut Fredonia State's deficit to one run.
Traina induced the next two batters to pop out before recording a strikeout for the final out and earning a save in the Hawks' 6-5 win.
The loss dropped the Blue Devils to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in the SUNYAC. New Paltz improved to 11-4 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Morgan led the Fredonia State attack with three hits while Medina, Katie Bartkowiak and Tina Schwartzmeyer had one RBI each. Raela Wiley-Delp was the losing pitcher. She allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.
Marissa Monaco led New Paltz's 11-hit attack with a solo homer and two doubles. Shayna Burgess and Chelsea Kull also had three hits and Jordan Fiore had two hits.
New Paltz also rallied from a 2-0 deficit in Saturday's first game. The Hawks scored single runs in the third and fourth innings before Kull broke the 2-2 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning.
The Blue Devils scored both their runs in the second inning. Included in the scoring was a double by Medina, a single by Schwartzmeyer, an RBI single by Corinne Christie and a double steal in which Schwartzmeyer stole home.
Medina had two hits in the opener while Andrea Freeney had two hits for New Paltz. Danielle Shelp was the losing pitcher. Amber Carozza pitched a complete-game eight-hitter to get the win.
The Blue Devils are back in action Thursday when they entertain Pitt-Bradford.
BUFFALO - Fresh off its southern swing, the Fredonia State baseball team continued to play solid ball, sweeping Medaille College by scores of 5-3 and 16-3 to improve to 9-4 on the season.
Matt Casilio and Kenny Johnston led the offense in game one with a pair of hits. Casilio also drove in two runs while Johnston scored twice.
Starting pitcher Kyle Morse went four innings, scattering five hits and giving up three runs in earning the win. Kyle Grey picked up his first save of the season, tossing three innings of one-hit ball and striking out four. Neither pitcher allowed a walk.
The Devils pounded out 16 hits in game two, led by Dan Fetes' three safeties. Ian Gallagher and Erik Krohl each had a pair of hits and three RBIs. Conner Lorenzo and John Bennett had two hits each.
Thomas Morris tossed the first three innings allowing two runs - one earned - and striking out five. Zachary Jordan went three innings with four strikeouts for the win. Zachary Hugg pitched a scoreless seventh.
The Blue Devils' home opener is slated for Tuesday at Ludwig Field. The nine-inning affair is slated for a 3 p.m. start.
Track & Field
Dahleiden wins pole vault, Devils go 1-2-3
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Fredonia State finished 1-2-3 in the men's 110-meter high hurdles Saturday at the 2013 Carnegie Mellon Mini-Invitational.
Carl Caughell was first in 15.38 seconds followed by Eric Williams in 15.50 seconds and Spencer Lefort in 16.01 seconds.
Fredonia State had one other first-place finisher as Cody Dahleiden cleared 4.35 meters in the pole vault.
Twelve Blue Devils qualified for the SUNYAC championship meet.
In other events, Zakk Hess was second and Chris Shartrand third in the 5,000. They had times of 15:42.82 and 15:47.95, respectively.
Collin Mulcahy finished second in the 1,500 in 4:05.14.
Max Radley was third in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.85.
Ron Wasik was fourth and Jeremy Kozlowski fifth in the 400. They had times of 52.27 seconds and 52.84 seconds, respectively.
Kozlowski was also fifth in the 200 in a time of 23.52 seconds.
Fredonia State finished fourth in the five-team meet.
In the women's meet two Fredonia State women moved onto the Top 10 lists in their respective events Saturday.
In addition, 18 women earned SUNYAC qualifying status.
Kateri Walsh shaved .43 seconds off her personal best and moved to No. 9 on the all-time outdoor list with a second-place time of 2:24.37. Kim Foltz was fourth in 2:27.96.
Also moving to No. 9 on an all-time list was Lauren Acevedo in the javelin. Her second-place throw traveled 29.14.
Kelsey Travers won the 400 in a time of 1:05.39 while Kelci Yousett won the pole vault by clearing 9-feet 10-inches. Olivia Kurbs cleared 9-4 1/2 to finishing second.
Kathleen Goodberlet was second in the shot put and third in the hammer throw with distances of 10.74 meters and 39.83 meters.
Chelsea Haag finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 19:42.97.
Kim Foltz was fourth in the 800 and fifth in the 1,500 while Lauren Kotas was sixth in the 1,500. Their times were 5:04.34 and 5:05.30, respectively.
Sam Sledge was fourth in the 100 high hurdles with a time of 17.52 seconds.
Brianne Paganello finished fifth in the discus (29.80) and sixth in the shot put (10.10).
The Blue Devils finished third in the team standings. Five teams competed.