University of Tampa sophomore Mike Calkins is making an impact as a relief pitcher for the defending NCAA Division II baseball champions.
Calkins, an Oneonta High graduate, has appeared in 10 games this season, going 6-0 with a 0.96 earned run average. A left-hander, Calkins has thrown 18 2/3 innings, allowing three runs – two earned – on 14 hits. He’s struck out 17 and walked seven.
Opponents are hitting .219 against him.
In his last outing, Calkins threw 2 2/3 innings of hitless ball in Tampa’s victory over Eckerd on Friday. He struck out four and walked none.
Calkins helped the Yellowjackets to a Class B state title in 2012, Tampa to a D-II championship last spring and the Oneonta Outlaws to a New York Collegiate Baseball League crown last summer.
Tampa is 39-2.
Brianna Ferchen and Susanna Johnson
Oneonta High graduate Ferchen and Edmeston graduate Johnson have helped Brockport State’s softball team to a 14-6 start.
Ferchen recently became the school’s all-time leader in stolen bases. She broke the record of 38 held by Grace Robbins (1994-97) with a steal of third base in the fifth inning of Brockport’s 4-3 loss to Wisconsin Platteville on March 18 at Fort Myers, Fla.
A junior outfielder, Ferchen has played in 18 games, including 16 starts. She’s batting .341 with 13 runs scored and five RBIs. Ferchen also has a .442 on-base percentage. She leads the team steals with 14 and has been caught stealing three times.
A senior infielder, Johnson’s played in 17 games – all starts. She’s hitting .292 with two doubles, seven RBIs and four runs scored.
Cooperstown graduate Edmonds, a redshirt junior, continues to run well for Division I Liberty University.
In the Stanford Invitational on April 4, Edmonds placed 12th in the 5,000 meters, crossing in 14 minutes, 5.37 seconds. Edmonds will compete in the Big South Championships at Rock Hill, S.C., this weekend.