Cocchiara sets 3,000 steeplechase record

Amanda Cocchiara broke the Fredonia State school record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase while competing Saturday at the Bucknell Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa.

Cocchiara, a sophomore, was clocked in 11:44.97 to eclipse the previous record of 11:52.59 set by Jessica Bennett in May 2007. Cocchiara finished 32nd in a field of 40 women.

Also Saturday at Bucknell, the freshman duo of Katie Tresino and Lauren Kotas went one-two in their 1,500-meter heat.

The Blue Devils also competed Saturday at the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawk Classic in Rochester, N.Y., where several personal-best performances were recorded.

The top finisher was Amanda Solly, was finished fourth in the 5,000 meters with a collegiate-best and SUNYAC qualifying time of 19:26.82. In addition, Loren Metzger finished fifth in the hammer throw with a SUNYAC-qualifying and season-best 41.20 meters.

Also recording personal-bests were Brianne Paganello in the hammer (32.91 meters), Jenna Fiacco in the javelin (26.69 meters), Anna Dambacher in the 200 meters (27.8 seconds), and Alissa Conti in the 5,000 meters (20:05.37).

Men’s Track and?Field

Williams first, Caughell third in Redhawk hurdles

Fredonia State freshman Collin Mulcahy ran 3:58 in the 1,500 meters and won his heat Saturday at the Bucknell Bison Classic in Lewisburg, Pa.

It was the first time Mulcahy ran a sub-4:00 minute time in the event. On Sunday, Mulcahy ran a personal-best 1:56 in the 800 meters and also won his heat.

The Blue Devils also competed Saturday at the Roberts Wesleyan Redhawk Classic in Rochester, where freshman Eric Williams finished first and senior Carl Caughell third in the 110-meter high hurdles. Their respective times were 15.08 and 15.40 seconds.

Also at Rochester, Tyler Gajewski had a personal-best and SUNYAC qualifying javelin throw of 45.10 meters, while Kevin Geiser had a personal-best and SUNYAC qualifying hammer throw of 37.32 meters.

Baseball

Devils unable to overcome two early deficits

Fredonia State dug early hopes in both ends of its SUNYAC baseball doubleheader Sunday with the New Paltz Hawks.

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The Blue Devils worked their way back into the first game before falling, 10-8, in nine innings. They dropped the nightcap, 5-0, in seven innings to fall to 14-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference.

The Blue Devils fell behind 6-0 in the opener before rallying for five runs in the last of the third. Dillon Lowe had a two-run double and Ian Gallagher a two-run single during the uprising. It was the first of three times they pulled within one run, yet were unable to get over the hump.

New Paltz rebuilt its lead to 8-5 before Erik Krohl delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning. It was 9-7 New Paltz in the sixth when Lowe collected another RBI, his third of the game, on an infield ground out.

Anthony Repetto had four hits for the Hawks, while Gallagher and Krohl had two hits each for the Blue Devils. Kyle Morse (1-1) was the Fredonia State starting and losing pitcher while New Paltz starter Chris Pyz (2-1) picked up the win and Brian Solomon earned his second save.

The Hawks took advantage of early wildness by Fredonia State starting pitcher Angelo Sciandra. He walked the first two batters, threw a wild pitch, and allowed five runs on two hits in the top of the first. They were the only two hits New Paltz had the entire game.

New Paltz’s Chris Chismar retired the first 11 batters before issuing a walking Brian Sheehan with two outs in the fourth. Lowe then broke up the no-hitter with a single, yet both runners were stranded.

Chismar (4-3) finished with a complete-game four-hitter while Sciandra (2-1) took the loss. Carl Wolf pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Evan Carmello worked one scoreless inning.

The three-game series concludes with a single game at 3 p.m. today.