Rain forces baseball, softball changes

Fredonia State baseball and softball home games scheduled for this weekend have been rescheduled due to heavy rain in the area this week.

The Blue Devil baseball team was scheduled to face New Paltz in a three-game SUNYAC series with a single game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday. The new schedule has the games moved to Sunday and Monday, yet the order of the games is still up in the air.

It’s possible the doubleheader could be played Sunday, and it’s also possible the games will be moved to Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa., to take advantage of better field conditions there. It’s also possible a single game will be played at Ludwig Field on Sunday afternoon, and a doubleheader Monday.

An announcement will be made Saturday morning.

The Blue Devil softball team was scheduled to entertain Buffalo State at noon Saturday. Both teams have agreed to move the SUNYAC doubleheader to Monday, starting at 3 p.m., at Blue Devil Field.

Buffalo State will take the place of Pitt-Bradford on the Blue Devil schedule. That non-conference doubleheader has been cancelled because neither team has a convenient open date for the rest of the month.

Track & Field

Split weekend

for Blue Devil teams

Fredonia State track and field athletes will go their separate ways this weekend.

Distance runners will compete in the two-day Bucknell Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa., while the remaining members of the team will attend the Saturday-only Roberts Wesleyan Invitational in Rochester, N.Y.

The Bucknell meet has drawn some of the top teams and runners from throughout the east. Fredonia State men are entered in the 800-, 1,500, 5,000 and the 10,000-meter events. Blue Devil women will compete in the 800; the 1,500; the 5,000; and the 3,000 steeplechase.

Entrants on the men’s side are:

Jack Bennett, a senior, will compete in the 10,000 at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. He goes into the race with a personal-best 32:51.

The quintet of freshman Connor Hayward, freshman Alex Crise (Fredonia), freshman Collin Mulcahy, sophomore Zakk Hess, and junior Jesse Mintz in the 1,500. Mulcahy and Hess will go in Heat No. 3, with hope of breaking the four-minute mark for the first time. The first heat is set for a 4:40 p.m. Saturday start.

Kyle Collins, a freshman, will run his first collegiate 5,000 while sophomore Chris Shartrand will look to improve on a personal-best of 15:34 in the 5,000. The race is expected to begin at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Crise, Hayward, Mulcahy and Hess are entered in three separate heats of the 800 meters, which will be run Sunday beginning at 11:50 a.m.

On the women’s side:

In the 3,000 steeplechase, sophomore Amanda Cocchiara, already the author of an 11:59, will shoot for the school record of 11:52. Race time is 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

Also Saturday in the 5,000, junior Becca List will look to go below 19 minutes while junior Anna Hourihan will to go even faster, perhaps below 18 minutes. Race time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

The 800 school record of 2:19.24 will be on the minds of freshmen Katie Tresino and Lauren Kotas, junior Kim Foltz, and seniors Kateri Walsh and Leslie Beaton when they compete in the event beginning at 11:20 a.m.

Head coach Tom Wilson will accompany the runners to Lewisburg while assistant coaches Justin McQuality and Julia Williamson will oversee the operation in Rochester.