Softball team beats Cortland for first since ‘04

CORTLAND – Jamie Atkins had a two-run double and a two-run homer Friday as Fredonia State defeated Cortland, 5-4, in the second game of a SUNYAC doubleheader.

The homer was the first by Atkins in four seasons and only the third win ever over Cortland, a perennial SUNYAC power. The series dates back to 2000.

“They were jumping up and down and going nuts,” Fredonia State softball coach Nicole Loudin said after her team’s win in the second game. “The first game we lost 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh, so we were right there with them.”

The Blue Devils shook away the emotion of the first game by loading the bases in the first inning of Game 2. They pushed across one run on a sacrifice fly by Megan Medina.

The Blue Devils were still leading 1-0 when Atkins smashed her two-run double in the top of the third. Her two-run homer came in the fifth and upped the Fredonia State advantage to 5-1.

“The momentum, the attitude, and the energy are something, that if we take into (today), we’ll be a tough team to beat,” Loudin added. “We just have to keep playing this way.”

Fredonia State right-hander Alyssa Brognano (3-4) gave up a solo homer in the third, two more runs in the fifth, and an earned run in the sixth. She pitched around a lead-off single in the seventh as the Blue Devils improved to 5-11 overall, 2-4 in the SUNYAC.

“All three of my pitchers battled so well,” Loudin said. “Brognano was unbelievable the way she stepped up today.”

Cortland fell to 8-10 overall, 2-2 in the conference.

The Red Dragons had won the last 18 meetings between the teams dating back to Fredonia State’s 5-4 win on April 17, 2004. The Blue Devils also defeated the Red Dragons 2-1 on April 28, 2001.

The Blue Devils nearly broke through in Game 1 of the doubleheader. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and led 6-3 heading into the last of the sixth. Cortland rallied for four runs to take a 7-6 lead.

The momentum shifted back to Fredonia State in the top of the seventh on a two-out, RBI single to center by Alyssa Morgan. It was Morgan’s third hit and second RBI of the game.

“She was phenomenal,” Loudin said of Morgan. “I don’t know how many times she got a hit, but she was on base every time. I was really impressed with her.”

Cortland scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh and saddled Raela Wiley-Delp (2-4) with the loss in relief. Danielle Shelp was the Blue Devil starter.

Morgan added three more hits in Game 2 and finished the day 6-for-10. Katie Bartkowiak and Anne Wasik had three hits each in the doubleheader.

Fredonia State continues its weekend road trip to central New York with a doubleheader Saturday at Oswego. The first game begins at noon.