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Yudin tosses 1-hit gem for Blue Devils

If it was the final collegiate pitching appearance for Fredonia State’s Katie Yudin, she saved her best for last.

The fifth-year right hander tossed a one-hit shutout Wednesday as the Blue Devils (9-11 overall, 9-7 SUNYAC) swept Oswego State, 12-8 and 7-0, to keep their SUNYAC playoff hopes alive. They began the day needing a sweep combined with a split Thursday between Geneseo and Brockport.

Should they get in, the Blue Devils will travel to Cortland to play the Red Dragons in a best-of-three series Saturday.

Yudin (5-3) held the Lakers hitless until Leah Czerwinski doubled to left field with two outs in the sixth inning. Offensively, Fredonia State took command with six runs in the third inning. The uprising included an RBI single by Syd Merkley, a sacrifice fly by Yudin, and RBI doubles by Nicole Kumro and Maria Caviris.

Yudin also earned a save in the opener, her second of the year, as the Blue Devils rallied from a 7-2 deficit with a six-run fourth. Delana Thomas got the big inning started — just as she did in the six-run third in Game 2 — with a lead-off single. Amber Piniewski bunted safely, one of her three hits, and Merkley brought the first run home with a single, her first of three RBI.

A pinch-hit single by Evelyn Webster and an Oswego throwing error accounted for the next two runs. Alex Brizendine then doubled to score two more and tie the game at 7-7. The second Oswego error brought home the sixth run and put the Blue Devils on top, 8-7. They added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth as Merkley (double), Kumro, and Piniewski had RBI hits.

Maria Caviris (2-1) picked up the win with one-third of an inning work in relief of starter Emily Chelius. Yudin worked the final three innings, yielding one run on three hits.

Fredonia State’s sweep was the first over Oswego since April 11, 2015, and the first sweep of the Lakers at home since April 18, 2010.

Following are some more updates of area collegiate athletes.

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The Roberts Wesleyan RedHawks won the East Coast Conference Track and Field Championships last Saturday with significant contributions from several local athletes.

Kylee Odell (Panama/Panama) won the 1,500-meters in 4:55.66 with a big kick down the homestretch, and was followed closely by Bailey Gostomski (Cattaraugus/Catt-Little Valley) in second and Abby Gostomski (Cattaraugus/Cattaraugus-Little Valley) in third as the Redhawks claimed 24 team points in the event.

Abby Gostomski was the winner in the 800 meters with a time of 2:21.64, followed closely by Bailey Gostomski in second with a 2:24.09.

Odell also ran anchor on the winning 3,200-meter relay team which finished in 10:20.88, while and Abby and Bailey both aided the 1,600-meter relay to a win with a time of 4:06.91.

Claire Stokes (Fredonia/Fredonia) took home the high jump with a leap of 1.47 meters and was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 4.33 meters.

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Collin Barmore (Gerry/Cassadaga Valley) had a strong showing for Fredonia men’s track and field at the Brockport Invitational on Saturday.

Barmore clocked a season best time of 1:56.93 in the 800 meters, which is also a regional qualifying time.

Barmore has also competed in the 3,200-meter relay for the Blue Devils, clocking an 8:38.00 alongside teammates Anthony Ruiz (Dunkirk/Dunkirk), Mark Schneider and Ryan Dunning at a meet against St. John Fischer on April 23.

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Fredonia takes to the track at SUNY Cortland today for the start of the SUNYAC Championships.

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Pitt-Bradford baseball sits at 5-13 on the year and 3-11 in Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference play, and is slated to play Penn St.-Behrend in quarterfinal play at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Senior Matt Hair (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) has10 hits on the year, five RBIS and six runs scored in 16 games played, collecting a pair of hits against Alfred on April 10.

Sophomore Bret Babcock (Westfield/Westfield) has six hits and five RBIs in 20 at-bats, hitting .300 in seven games this year.

Three local pitchers have seen time on the hill for Bradford, including junior Reid Tarnowski (Fredonia/Fredonia), who has struck out 25 batters and walked 17 for an ERA of 6.83 in 29 innings of work.

Freshman Kyler Majka (Mayville/Chautauqua Lake) has an ERA of 8.20 in 18 innings on the hill, including 17 strikeouts.

Fellow freshman Matt Gullotti (Falconer) has made three appearances this season.

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Caleb Caldwell (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) has pitched 22 innings as a senior for Penn State Behrend, striking out 11 and walking five for an ERA of 3.63.

Junior Mark Mammoser (Frewsburg/Frewsburg has appeared in three games this year.

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Jessica Wilcox (Forestville/Pine Valley) is continuing a strong season with Alfred University softball.

The Saxons are 27-7 on the year after seven straight wins, including a 2-1 victory over Ithaca Thursday.

Wilcox earned the win in that game, running her record to 14-3, after striking out 10 batters in seven innings, giving up just two hits.

Wilcox also picked up a hit in the win, and now holds an ERA of 1.40 through 115 innings, relinquishing 76 hits.

At the plate Wilcox is hitting .250 with a pair of hits. Alfred begins the Empire 8 play-in on Saturday.

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