Unbeaten streak continues

Special to the OBSERVER

Fredonia State midfielder Katie Kleine recorded four goals and nine assists Saturday to lead the Blue Devils to a 21-12 victory over New Paltz in SUNYAC women’s lacrosse.

Kleine’s nine assists and 13 points are the most by a Blue Devil since 2005. Current assistant coach Amy Simon had 10 points last season at New Paltz while Kleine had a pair of six-assist games last year.

Rachael Reinis had six goals and three assists, Marissa Cussins added five goals and Kaila Fox had three goals as the Blue Devils improved to 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the SUNYAC.

Casey Chiesa made seven saves while notching her ninth win of the spring. Kleine and Cussins had seven draw controls apiece. Reinis was credited with three caused turnovers, and Chiesa with three ground balls.

The win was the 100th for head coach Chris Case (100-69). He also surpassed 100 wins in women’s soccer last fall (111-80-21).

Talia Tesler had five goals for New Paltz, which fell to 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the SUNYAC.

Fredonia State plays host to Wittenberg in a non-conference game at noon Sunday before squaring off against nationally ranked Geneseo in a key SUNYAC game at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the University Stadium turf field.

Softball

Oswego nips Blue Devils

in SUNYAC twinbill

OSWEGO – Fredonia State dropped a pair of one-run losses Saturday in a SUNYAC women’s softball doubleheader with the Oswego Lakers.

The Blue Devils (5-13 overall, 2-6 SUNYAC) dropped the opener 11-10 after rallying from a 7-3 deficit. The Lakers (6-9 overall, 3-2 SUNYAC) won the second game, 5-4.

Freshman second baseman Alyssa Morgan continued her torrid hitting with two hits and four RBIs in Game 1 and three hits and two RBI in Game 2. She was 11 of 18 with eight RBIs in Fredonia State’s four games over the weekend to raise her batting average to a team-high .490.

Another freshman, Izzy Simon, connected for her first homer in the third inning of the second game to forge a 2-2 tie.

Oswego retook the lead with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and added an insurance run in the last of the sixth before the Blue Devils scored twice in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Morgan.

A third freshman, Meg Medina, hit a two-run homer during the opener, also her first as a collegian. She finished the game with two hits and three RBIs.

All three senior pitchers made it into the circle during the doubleheader. Danielle Shelp started Game 1 before giving way to Raela Wiley-Delp (2-5), who took the loss.

The Blue Devils take a break from SUNYAC play when visit Allegheny for a doubleheader Wednesday.

Baseball

Blue Devils win pair

from Pitt-Bradford

The Fredonia State baseball team swept visiting Pitt-Bradford in a double header at Ludwig Field on Saturday. The Devils took the first game, 14-5, and held on for an 8-6 victory in second.

Game one saw the Devils accumulate 11 runs. The big blow came of the bat of sophomore Ryan Fitzgerald who connected for a grand slam in the sixth inning to put the game away. Senior Ian Gallagher also homered. His three-run blast came in the third inning.

Kenny Johnston, Jake Nowak and Matt Casilio each had two hits apiece. Seven walks aided the offensive output.

Senior lefty Angelo Sciandra improved to 3-0 on the mound, going 4 2/3 innings while giving up three hits and three runs. Evan Carmello (Fredonia) and Carl Wolf closed out the game.

Thomas Morris started the second game on the mound and tossed three scoreless innings, striking out four and not giving up a hit. Kyle Grey (Frewsburg) tossed two innings and Zachary Jordon picked up his third save of the year going the final two innings, striking out five. The trio combined for 10 strikeouts.

Offensively, John Bennett was three-for-three, drove in three runs and had a triple. Nowak and Fitzgerald had two hits apiece, and Brian Sheehan had two RBI.

Bradford falls to 6-8.

The Devils improve to 12-4. They travel to Oneonta on Tuesday and Wednesday for a three-game set.

Track & Field

Throwers show the way

ROCHESTER – Fredonia State’s throwers accounted for 33 of the team’s 58 points Saturday at the Rochester Alumni Invitational track & field meet.

The Blue Devils finished sixth of 14 teams in the final point standings.

The hammer throw was the most lucrative event and Kathleen Goodberlet was the Blue Devils’ throws leader. Goodberlet finished second in the hammer (41.0 meters) and third in the shot put (10.78) for a total of 14 points.

Also in the hammer, Loren Metzger was third (40.04) and Heather Rickman fourth (38.37. In addition, Brianne Paganello was fourth in the shot (10.44) and Jenna Fiacco was sixth in the discus (30.79).

In other field events, Olivia Kurbs had the highest finish of the meet – a second-place 2.97 meters in the pole vault. Kayleigh Wasielewski finished fifth in the high jump (1.54 meters). Kelci Yousett was sixth in the triple jump (10.17 meters).

In running events, Anna Hourihan was fourth in the 5,000 meters (18:28.71), Leslie Beaton was eighth in the 400 (1:01.62), Kim Foltz was eighth in the 1,500 (4:57.44) and Chelsea Haag eighth in the 10,000 (41:34.87). Also finishing eighth was the 4×400 relay quartet of Beaton, Katerii Walsh, Foltz and Kelsey Travers.