Devils close out Florida trip with win

CLERMONT, Fla. – Fredonia State softball closed out its Florida trip Friday with a doubleheader split with the Utica Pioneers at the Dot Richardson Spring Games.

The Blue Devils dropped the first game, 4-2, and then won the get-away game, 7-4.

They also fell to Lawrence, 8-7, in the first of three games Friday. They leave Florida with a 3-6 record. Their next game is March 29, the start of the SUNYAC season with a doubleheader at Buffalo State.

In their final game in Florida, freshman Erin Mushtare broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning. The Blue Devils added two more insurance runs in the inning. Senior right-hander Alyssa Brognano closed out the trip with two scoreless innings in the circle.

Brognano scattered seven hits and only one of the four runs she allowed was earned. She walked two and struck out five. It was her first win of the spring trip.

Top hitters were freshman Maddy Stavish with two hits, including an RBI double, and sophomore Madeline Medina, with a 2-run pinch-hit triple as part of Fredonia State’s 3-run fourth inning.

In the first Utica game, the Blue Devils and Utica were tied 2-2 until the top of the seventh. The Pioneers took a 3-2 lead on an RBI single by Erica Colucci. They added an insurance run when Colucci later scored on a wild pitch.

The Blue Devils trailed 2-1 before scoring single runs in the fourth and sixth innings. A sacrifice fly by junior Jess Lauck scored junior Cherise Gunnell (Falconer), who doubled earlier in the inning. It was the fourth extra-base hit for Gunnell in Florida (two doubles, two triples). She also drove in the tying run in the last of the sixth with a single following a lead-off triple by sophomore Alyssa Morgan.

Kelsey Gannett pitched a complete game in defeat. She struck out 10 while pitching around five walks and nine hits allowed. She also pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the Blue Devils’ loss to Lawrence when Brognano was replaced during Lawrence’s 5-run fifth inning. Brognano’s pitching line included seven runs allowed, yet only one of them earned.

The Blue Devils built a 7-2 lead before faltering. Five players hadtwo hits each while Mushtare was credited with three RBIs. The offense also included doubles by Mushtare, Morgan and Stavish.

Mushtare also went 2 for 2 in the first game against Utica and had two RBIs in the second game.

The Fredonia State-Utica games marked the first-ever Ciccarello vs. Ciccarello coaching matchup – Blue Devil head coach Tony against his daughter and Pioneer assistant coach Gabrielle. The elder Ciccarello coached against his daughter while she was a player at Fredonia State and he was coaching at Geneseo.