FSU, Oneonta split SUNYAC doubleheader

Fredonia State and Oneonta opened the SUNYAC portion of their 2013 seasons Friday by splitting a doubleheader Friday at Blue Devil Field.

The Blue Devils won the opener 2-1 after Jess Lauck delivered a two-out single in the last of the sixth inning. The Red Dragons scored five runs in the second inning, aided by two Fredonia State errors, and hung on for a 6-4 win in the nightcap.

The split left the Blue Devils with a 4-8 record and Oneonta at 3-7. Both teams are 1-1 in the SUNYAC.

Fredonia State’s Danielle Shelp and Oneonta’s Katie O’Flynn dueled in the circle during Game 1. They each pitched three scoreless innings before the Red Dragons broke through for a run in the top of the fourth. Following a single by Brianna Rivera and a sacrifice bunt, O’Flynn delivered a two-out RBI double into the left-field corner.

O’Flynn was cruising along until the last of the sixth. Katie Bartkowiak reached first on an error – the only defensive lapse by either team in the game. She went to second on a sacrifice bunt, and took third on a single by Alyssa Morgan. After Morgan stole second, Lauck lined a single to center and both runs scored.

Pitching two innings of scoreless relief, Raela Wiley-Delp pitched around a hit batter and a walk in the top of the seventh to close out the victory. She improved to 2-3 while O’Flynn dropped to 2-3. The Oneonta sophomore right-hander recorded seven strikeouts.

While the first game was well played defensively, the second game was not as tight. Two Fredonia State errors in the top of the second inning led to five Oneonta runs, four of them unearned. Blue Devil starter Alyssa Brognano (2-3) left the circle after facing 11 batters as the pitcher of record on the losing side.

The Blue Devils rallied for three runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run double by Morgan. A double by Lauck then led to a run in the fifth, yet the comeback stalled there. Rachel Hitt (1-4) pitched a complete game to earn the win. Wiley-Delp pitched well in relief for the Blue Devils. She allowed one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Offensively, Lauck had two hits in each game of the doubleheader. Morgan had three hits on the day.

Fredonia State is back at home today at noon when they entertain New Paltz. Oneonta travels to Buffalo State. New Paltz swept Buffalo State in their doubleheader Friday.