Keller makes consolation final in D-III 1-meter

SHEHANDOAH, Texas – Fredonia State junior Ashley Keller earned her second Honorable Mention All-American certificate at the 2013 NCAA Division III diving championships Friday.

Diving in the consolation finals, she finished 12th overall with 402.65 points. She finished 15th Wednesday in the 3-meter springboard competition.

Keller finished preliminaries with 399.45 points – 12th-best in the field of 24 women – despite a mishap which cost her points and bloodied her hand. It came during Round 6 as Keller struck the board, yet judges awarded her 26.40 points, her lowest score of her 11-dive set.

“After being bandaged up, she competed the last five dives and finished 12th in the prelims,” Fredonia State diving coach John Crawford said. “That earned her a spot in the consolation finals and Honorable Mention All-American. She was leading the consolation finals until her last dive. She had to do the same dive again that she hit (her hand on) the board. Even though she balked, she still completed the dive, but the low score knocked her down four places to 12th.”

Even more costly was the miscue by senior Sarah Ficarro. A seven-time All-American (she was 12th Wednesday in the 3-meter), Ficarro received zero points on her first very attempt Friday after her knee buckled and she was unable to complete the dive.

“Obviously not the best of days,” Crawford said. “Sarah failed her first dive. I still don’t know what happened. Despite the failed dive, she didn’t finish last in a very tough field of competitors.”

She battled to get back into the top 16, yet fell short with 359.90 points – 23rd overall.

On Saturday, senior Ryan Fuller will bring the curtain down on the 2012-13 swimming and diving season when he competes in the NCAA D-III men’s 3-meter event, scheduled to begin at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Fuller was 10th Thursday in the men’s 1-meter to earn his first Honorable Mention All-American award. He and Keller are first-time NCAA contestants.

The meet is being held at the Conroe School District Natatorium.


Devils split with Plattsburgh

LAKE MYRTLE, FLA. – Fredonia State split its SUNYAC opener against Plattsburgh on Friday. The Blue Devils took the first game, 5-3. The Cardinals won the second game, 3-0.

Sean Larson (Angola/Saint Francis) earned the win in six-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up two runs, one earned, and recorded four strikeouts. Zachary Jordon earned his second save of the season in as many days after pitching the final two-and-a-third innings.

Offensively, Ian Gallagher and Conner Lorenzo each had two hits and an RBI.

Plattsburgh scored the first run of the game in the third inning on a walk and back-to-back singles.

Plattsburgh’s Kyle Kelly had a perfect game through five innings before Matt Casilio led off the sixth with a base hit. He later come around to score on a base hit by Bobby Frantz. Frantz came in to score on a double by Dan Fetes to make it 2-1 Fredonia State.

The Blue Devils added an unearned run in the seventh. Plattsburgh answered with a two-out, bases-loaded infield error.

In the eighth inning the Blue Devils added two more runs. Brian Sheehan hit a one-out double. Dillon Lowe walked and Kenny Johnston singled to load the bases. Gallagher and Lorenzo each singled to plate a run.

In game two, Plattsburgh’s Brian Burns shut out the Devils on six hits.

Fredonia State’s Thomas Morris took the loss in three innings of work, allowing three runs. Kyle Grey (Frewsburg) threw the final three innings allowing one hit and striking out three.

Offensively, the Devils got two hits from Lowe and Casilio.

Plattsburgh now stands at 1-1 in the SUNYAC and 3-8 overall.

Fredonia State is 1-1 in the SUNYAC and 2-2 overall.

The teams wrap up the series Saturday in Lake Myrtle.