Gannett’s no-hitter results in split

CLERMONT, Fla. – Fredonia State junior right-hander Kelsey Gannett pitched a no-hitter yesterday in a 3-0 victory over Framingham State at the Dot Richardson Spring Games.

Sophomore second baseman Kim Lotocki made a diving stop in the sixth inning to preserve Gannett’s no-hitter. Lotocki also led the Blue Devil offense with three hits.

The Blue Devils fell to West Connecticut State, 4-1, earlier in the day.

Gannett walked six and struck out seven while producing her no-hit gem. She improved her record this spring to 2-1.

The Blue Devils broke on top in the top of the first inning on a walk to freshman Maddy Stavish, a two-out double by junior Cherise Gunnell (Falconer), and an RBI single by junior Jess Lauck. Lotocki led off the third inning and scored by stealing third and advancing to the plate when the catcher’s throw sailed into left field.

Gannett pitched into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the Framingham State fourth inning. A lead-off walk and an error put runners on first and second with no outs. Gannett then misplayed a ball hit back to her to load the bases. The Blue Devils recorded the first out when the runner at third tried to score on a wild pitch. Gannett struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Following a lead-off walk in the Framingham sixth, Lotocki made a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle and flipped to sophomore shortstop Alyssa Morgan for a forceout. It was the best defensive play of the day behind Gannett.

In the opener, Western Connecticut State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and tacked on three more runs in the third inning on a bases-clearing triple by Michaela Rocha. The Blue Devils scored their only run in the last of the fourth on a double by Gunnell, a groundout and an infield error.

Senior right-hander Alyssa Brognano recorded 10 strikeouts in defeat.

The Blue Devils will play three games today to end their Florida swing – a single game vs. Lawrence at 11 a.m. and a double-header with Utica starting at 1 p.m.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Keller 11th in NCAA 1-meter diving

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Fredonia State senior Ashley Keller, despite missing practice time this week with illness, finished 10th in women’s 1-meter springboard diving yesterday at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving championship meet.

Keller’s 394.85 points earned her a third honorable mention All-American award. Her first two came last season in both 1-meter and 3-meter competitions. It was also the ninth straight year Fredonia State has had either an All-American or honorable mention All-American in springboard diving.

“I’m very proud of Ashley’s performance,” Fredonia State diving coach John Crawford said. She was (very) sick… for two days. There is no doubt in my mind, if she had practiced, she would have been in the top 8.”

Keller will also compete Saturday in the women’s 3-meter along with senior Katelyn Haley, who was 22nd in the women’s 1-meter yesterday. Meanwhile, freshman Arron Carlson was 23rd in the men’s 3-meter Wednesday. Carlson will compete today in the men’s 3-meter.

Baseball

Sturm fries Plattsburgh for split

FT. MYERS, FLA. The Fredonia State baseball team opened up their SUNYAC play yesterday against Plattsburgh and split a double header. The Blue Devils dropped game one 3-1 and won the second game 11-0.

Senior pitcher Steve Sturm tossed a complete-game shutout in the 11-0 victory. Sturm picked up his second win of the season scattering five hits over seven innings.

Ciro Frontale went 4-4 in the game with a double. Ricky Mendiola also added three hits. Both had three RBI.

The Devils scored two runs in the first and two in the second. Mendiola drove in three of the first four runs.

The Devils doubled their lead with a four-run fifth. Ryan Carmody started the rally with an RBI triple. Frontale singled home Carmody. An infield error accounted for the next run and Anthony Schiro picked up his second RBI of the game with a bases-loaded walk.

The Devils tacked on three more in the sixth. Frontale roped a two-run single and Schiro added his second bases-loaded walk.

Kenny Johnston, Conner Lorenzo and Carmody each had two hits.

Game one saw another complete game from the pitching staff as Sean Larson went nine innings giving up one earned run. Plattsburgh scored one in the first and two in the second, and that’s all they would need.

Lorenzo tallied three of the Blue Devils seven hits.

Fredonia State put the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the bottom of the ninth. With two out, they strung together three straight singles, but could not finish the rally.

The split puts the team at 5-6 on the year. They will face Plattsburgh (5-8) again today at 4 p.m.