Lotocki saves the day
A walk-off extra-inning win followed an error-plagued loss Friday as Fredonia State earned a split of its SUNYAC softball home doubleheader with Plattsburgh.
The Cardinals rallied from a six-run deficit for a 10-9 victory in the opener. The Blue Devils emerged in the nightcap for a 2-1 win in eight innings. Both teams came out of the split with 1-3 records in the conference. Fredonia State is 4-9 overall, while Plattsburgh is 3-13.
A pinch-hit single by Izzy Simon, a sacrifice bunt by Maddy Stavish and a line-drive double by Kim Lotocki plated the game-winning run in the eighth inning of Game 2. Lotocki’s hit, just out of the reach of a diving Plattsburgh outfielder, scored Kate Nicholson, who had re-entered the game following Simon’s hit.
Cherise Gunnell hit a solo homer to account for the first Fredonia State run in the fourth inning. Plattsburgh took advantage of a Blue Devil error, followed by an RBI double by Kerry McCarty, to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth.
Kelsey Gannett pitched a complete-game five-hitter to improve to 3-4. She also was the Game 1 starter. Morgan Anderson went the distance for Plattsburgh and took the loss.
The teams combined for 31 hits in the first game – 18 by the Blue Devils – in a slugfest which went down to the final out. Three Fredonia State errors led to three unearned runs by Plattsburgh, which proved to be a deciding factor in the outcome.
Fredonia State led 8-2 after four innings before Plattsburgh began its comeback. A two-out, two-run double by McCarty capped a four-run seventh inning by the Cardinals. The Blue Devils mounted a two-out rally in the seventh, plating one run, yet left runners stranded on second and third against Plattsburgh’s Kristen Fisher, who picked up the win in relief. Gunnell was the losing pitcher in relief of Gannett.
Alyssa Morgan and Jess Lauck led the Blue Devil offense. Morgan had four hits – including a double – and scored four runs, while Lauck had two doubles, a single, and four RBI. Stavish, Gunnell, Erin Mushtare and Lindsey Forness had two hits each.
Both teams are back in SUNYAC action today with noon doubleheaders – the Cardinals at Buffalo State, the Blue Devils at home against Potsdam.
Seniors shine for Devils
NEW PALTZ – The Fredonia State baseball team defeated New Paltz 2-1 on Friday afternoon. Senior Sean Larson tossed eight strong innings before giving way to fellow senior Kyle Grey, who retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn the save. Bobby Frantz, also a senior, provided the offense with a two-run home run in the second inning.
Larson gave up three hits through eight innings before New Paltz broke through with back-to-back doubles to make it a 2-1 game in the ninth. Grey then stepped in and got two infield groundouts before striking out the games final batter to end the threat.
Freshman Mike Prentice led off the second with a base hit for the Blue Devils. Frantz came to the plate and found himself behind in the count, 0-2. He deposited the next pitch over the left field wall for his first round tripper of the year.
Frantz and Kenny Johnston finished the game with two hits apiece. The Devils out hit the Hawks, 9-5. Larson upped his record to 2-1 on the season. The save was Grey’s third.
Andrew Grann (3-3) took the loss on the mound for New Paltz. Stanley DeLaCruz had two of his team’s five hits.
Fredonia improves to 8-9 overall and 3-2 in the SUNYAC. The loss drops New Paltz to 10-16 and 2-8 in the conference. The teams meet in a doubleheader on Saturday to wrap up the series.