Frontale strikes again for Fredonia baseball

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Ciro Frontale’s game-winning RBI single in the eighth inning on Wednesday evening lifted Fredonia over RIT, 3-2.

It was the senior second baseman’s third game-winning RBI in two days. Frontale also made a fine defensive play in the final inning. He smothered a bad hop and dove on second base to record the game’s final out.

With runners on first and third, Frontale singled for his fourth hit on the day and second RBI. Derek Fie scored the run for the Devils. Fie had been put in to pinch run for senior Adam Reece, who singled to start the inning. Reece finished with a pair of hits.

Matt Wilhelm came in relief of junior Ryan Landers and tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-hit baseball to pick up the win.

Fredonia took a 1-0 lead on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Alexio Medina in the first inning.

RIT took a 2-1 lead in the third. A two-out, bases-loaded single plated a pair of runs.

The Devils tied it at 2-2 in the seventh when Frontale singled in James Krolikowski.

Kevin Yirinic reached base three times with a single and two hit-by-pitches. The Devils has 13 hits as a team.

The win was the Blue Devils’ fourth straight and improves their record to 8-4. RIT falls to 2-4. The Devils will have an off day today before opening SUNYAC play on Friday against Oswego State.

On Tuesday, Frontale drove in the game’s only run in a 1-0, extra-inning victory in Game 1, before knocking in a pair in the top of the sixth to break a 5-all tie as the Devils claimed a 7-6 victory in Game 2, sweeping SUNY Farmingdale on Tuesday.

Game 1

Game one required one extra inning before Frontale walked it off. It was the second time this season Frontale drove in the winning run in a 1-0 victory, the first vs. Muhlenburg.

Senior Zach Lyman tossed a gem as he threw seven scoreless innings, struck out two and held Farmingdale to five hits. Luke Kuczewski took over the eighth inning and retired the side in order to get the win.

The winning run was set up when Joshua Crocetti lined a triple with one out. Liam Kelly was intentionally walked to put the double-play in order for the Rams. Frontale roped a single to right field, scoring Crocetti. Frontale went 2-for-4 at the plate. Crocetti was 2-for-3.

Game 2

Farmingdale jumped out early, scoring five runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead. Sophomore Noah West took the mound and tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings while the Blue Devil bats went to work.

In the third inning with two outs, freshman Kole Brink drew a walk and was later batted in by Frontale to break the seal in Game 2. Junior Derek Fie led off the top of the fifth with a single and Brink drew his second walk of the day. A balk preceded a sacrifice fly by Frontale. Steve Zaprowski then smoked a ball off the Rams’ second baseman to score Brink.

Up 5-3, Farmingdale had runners on first and second base in the bottom half of the inning but were unable to score.

The Blue Devils scored four runs on three hits in the sixth. Senior Alexio Medina was hit by a pitch and Jon Morrison singled. After a runner was picked off, junior transfer Daniel Goodbread was also hit by a pitch and Kevin Yirinec stroked a pinch-hit single to load the bases. Walks to Fie and Kelly and a two-run single by Frontale gave the Blue Devils a 7-5 lead.

The Rams cut Fredonia’s lead to 7-6 in the last of the seventh before Zaprowski came on a relief and induced a game-ending double play. It was his first save of the season.

Fie went 1-for-2, scored two runs and made a pair of defensive gems. Frontale added two more hits and finished the day with four RBIs.

Diving

Bartlett finishes 3rd in NCAA 3-meter

SHENANDOAH, Texas — Fredonia senior Meghan Bartlett finished third Wednesday in women’s 3-meter springboard diving at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving championship meet.

After moving up from fifth after preliminaries, Bartlett recorded 481.05 points for 11 dives. It resulted in her fifth All-American award over the past three seasons.

It was the second straight year Bartlett finished third in the 3-meter. Last year, she scored 454.45 points. She was also sixth in the event in 2015 with 442.20 points.

She will compete in the 1-meter on Friday afternoon.

Maura Sticco-Ivins of Wellesley won Wednesday’s final with 504.00 points. Nickie Griesser of Ithaca was second with 497.20 points.

The other five finalists were Vivian Zhou of MIT, Sarah Hayhurst of Centre College, Arianna Ross of Williams, Kayley Alioto of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Agnes Lo of the University of Chicago.

Women’s Lacrosse

No. 6 F&M rolls over Blue Devils

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — Nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall rolled over Fredonia, 18-2, at Springfling 2017 on Wednesday morning.

Ranked No. 6 in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, the Diplomats dominated play from start fo finish. They led 13-2 at halftime and held the Blue Devils scoreless in the second half.

Fredonia’s only goals came on free-position shots in a span of two minutes. Down 10-0, Katie Miller scored first with 9:44 left in the first half. Jen Kershner made it 10-2 with 7:36 to go.

Miller collected two ground balls and caused one turnover.

The Blue Devils (1-4) return to action today at 5 p.m. against No. 3 Gettysburg before returning north.

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