Blue Devils baseball team tops Brockport

BROCKPORT — The SUNY Fredonia baseball team claimed a 4-2 victory at Brockport, riding the strong right arm of of Luke Kuczewski. The junior righty went nine innings allowing five hits while striking out five to improve his record to 6-1 this season. Kuczewski had been going on three days rest after tossing six innings in a win at New Paltz on Wednesday.

Fredonia got all the runs it needed in one swing of the bat. Singles by Derek Fie and Patrick Sheehan, and a walk to Steve Zaprowski loaded the bases. J.T. Angora cleared the bases with a base hit. Two runs scored on the hit, and a third came around on an errant throw by the Brockport catcher trying to get Angora at second.

The first Brockport run was unearned in the bottom of the inning. Justin Larosa singled and advanced to third on a throwing error. He would score on a ground out.

Brockport made it a 3-2 game in the sixth when Anthony Eaton singled home Tom Kretzler.

Fredonia tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. Kole Brink reached on an infield error and moved up on a single by Zaprowski. Sheehan hit a deep fly that advanced Brink to third. He would come around on a ground out by Angora.

Mark Giallanzo took the loss for Brockport, going three innings, giving up six hits and three runs. Brockport falls to 15-16 overall and 9-8 in the SUNYAC.

The Devils (14-12, 5-9) play Penn State Behrend today for the I-90 Cup.

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Dennis goes deep twice as Devils split

Fredonia senior Katelyn Dennis homered twice in an 8-5 SUNYAC softball win Sunday over Plattsburgh. The Blue Devils (9-20-1, 3-11) came within one out of sweeping the doubleheader, only to have the Cardinals use the long ball to rally for a 6-5 extra-inning win in the second game.

Dennis, who also homered Saturday against Potsdam, cleared the center-field fence in each of her first two at-bats as Fredonia built a 5-0 lead in support of sophomore right-hander Sam Seegar, who improved to 5-9. Freshman right-hander Lauren Collorone got the final two outs after Plattsburgh made some noise with four runs off Seegar in the top of the seventh.

The two homers give Dennis four on the season and a school-record 14 in her college career. In addition, junior third-baseman Cassie Herman had a double, two singles, scored two runs, and collected two RBI, while freshman Amber Piniewski had an RBI.

Plattsburgh’s seventh-inning rally included an RBI double by Felicia Torres and a three-run homer by Jennifer Groat. It was a sign of things to come for the Cardinals (13-14, 5-5). Down to their final out in Game 2, they forged a 5-5 tie on a two-run homer by Amanda Tantillo off Collorone which sent the game into extra innings. Groat hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth and Taylor Smith set the Blue Devils down in the bottom half of the ninth. Smith pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for the win, while Seegar took the loss in relief.

Fredonia junior Rhianna Paoletti and freshman Alyssa Piniewski had three hits each to lead the Fredonia offense. Herman and freshman Makenzie Keeler had two hits each.

Next up for Fredonia is a non-conference home doubleheader Tuesday against Penn State Behrend starting at 3 p.m.