Devils baseball starts season with two wins, one loss

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The SUNY Fredonia baseball team opened its season with a dominating 10-0 win over Johnson and Wales Friday night, then need extra innings to take down Manchester, 9-8, Saturday morning. They dropped their third game played in 24 hours, 12-1, to Manchester.

Luke Kuczewski and Bailey Gauthier combined on a six-hit shutout, and the Devils pounded out 17 hits in the season opener.

Senior Patrick Sheehan led the attack with four hits, and three other seniors added three hits apiece — Joshua Crocetti, J.T. Angora, and Steve Zaprowski. Angora had a three-run home run and Zaprowski had a pair of doubles.

Kuczewski took home the win, and Gauthier was credited with the four-inning save.

Against Manchester, the Devils jumped out early and led 8-2 in the top of the fifth. Tied at eight in the eighth inning, D.J. Schiersing roped a ball off the right-field wall to bring home what would prove to be the winning run.

Freshman Sam Cestra worked the bottom of the inning for his first collegiate win. Angora added two more hits and Daniel Goodbread added a three-run double for the Devils. Both teams had 11 hits.

In the second game vs. Manchester, the Spartans scored five runs in the second inning. A pair of defensive miscues and a walk allowed them to extend their lead to 7-1 in the fourth. The Spartans tacked on five more in the final two innings.

Freshmen Kevin Liska and Matt Kellner collected thier first collegiate hits in the game.

The Devils conclude their trip to Myrtle Beach this morning with a 10 a.m. contest vs. Eastern Mennonite.