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May 2, 2014

Red Dragons show no mercy in SUNYAC Tournament

The Daily Star

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Oneonta State hit it big Thursday to make short work of visiting New Paltz.

The top-seeded Red Dragons homered three times in a 12-2 softball victory at home to open the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament and help freshman pitcher Sabrina DeAngelis to her 15th win of the season.

“What a great way to start the tournament,” O-State coach Sara Headley said in a statement prepared by the college. “I am happy the way the team responded to giving up an early run. We struggled earlier in the year against their pitcher, so it was nice to see our team make the necessary adjustments.”

Chelsea Kull’s RBI single in the first inning gave New Paltz (10-23) a 1-0 lead, but the Red Dragons (26-9) tied the score in the bottom frame. Sophomore Jamie Whittam singled up the middle, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jenn Brocco and came home on a two-out single to left field by Marlene Cuevas.

Whittam gave Oneonta the lead for keeps in the second with a two-out double that drove in Katie O’Gorman and Nicole Marzillo.

Traci Lichtenstein then sparked a three-run third with a leadoff homer to center field. O’Gorman later hit a two-out double to left-center field that scored Marzillo and Brianna Rivera for a 6-1 lead.

The Red Dragons followed with six runs in the fourth inning to all but end it. Lichtenstein had an RBI double, Cuevas hit a two-run homer to center field and O’Gorman capped Oneonta’s scoring with a three-run homer with two out.

O’Gorman finished 3-for-3 with five RBIs and two runs for Oneonta, which got three strikeouts and a walk from DeAngelis in four innings. She allowed one run on three hits.

Katie O’Flynn pitched the fifth inning for O-State, giving up one run on two hits and striking out two.

The Red Dragons will face Geneseo at 10:30 a.m. today at O-State. Geneseo fell, 4-3, to Brockport in Thursday’s opening round.

The tournament continues through Saturday. The SUNYAC Tournament champion will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Cobleskill to host NEAC

Top-seeded SUNY Cobleskill will host the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament today through Sunday.

The six-team double-elimination tournament begins at 2 p.m. today.

North Division champion Cobleskill will play at 11 a.m. Saturday against Penn State Abington (19-9, 15-5) or Keuka College (14-8, 14-4), which is led by Sidney graduate Danielle Gravel (8-3, 3.21 ERA).

South Division winner Penn State Berks (26-8, 18-2) will play Wilson College (14-12, 11-9) or SUNYIT (16-14, 14-4) in its first game at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The Fighting Tigers (18-8) had a 16-4 record against NEAC opponents under second-year coach Mike Jorgensen this season en route to their first North Division title in program history.

On Thursday, Cobleskill announced that four of its players earned All-NEAC honors in the North Division.

Sophomore catcher Madeline DeMilio joined senior second baseman Kelsey DeZalia and sophomore pitcher Erin Wadsworth on the First Team. Freshman outfielder Erika Gogis made the Second Team.

The NEAC Rookie of the Year in 2013, DeMilio led the NEAC in batting average (.516), on-base percentage (.546), hits (47), triples (eight) and slugging percentage (.901). She also had 10 doubles, three home runs, 34 runs and 19 RBIs and was successful in 10 out of 12 stolen base attempts. DeMilio also had a .990 fielding percentage and threw out a league-high 10 baserunners.

DeZalia’s third consecutive all-conference selection came after batting .353 this season. She also had an on-base percentage of .391 mark and a slugging percentage of .391. Her 30 hits included 13 doubles, three triples and a home run. DeZalia also had 22 runs, 20 RBIs and a fielding percentage of .965.

Right-hander Wadsworth finished the regular season with the best single season record in program history, going 12-3 overall with one save and a 2.18 ERA. Wadsworth had two shutouts and a no-hitter. She led the NEAC in strikeouts per game (10.30 per seven innings) as Wadsworth struck out 130 and walked 39.

Gogis batted .386 and had an on-base percentage of .491. She also scored 26 runs and drove in nine on 34 hits.