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May 5, 2014

O-State softball routs Cortland to reach NCAAs

The Daily Star

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Tournament MVP Sabrina DeAngelis allowed one run over two games as Oneonta State’s softball team earned its first SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament softball title since 2004 on Saturday.

Top-seeded host O-State clinched the title with an 8-0 victory over second-seeded Cortland in the final to cap an unbeaten run in the double-elimination tournament. The game was shortened to five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.

DeAngelis (17-5), a freshman, went 3-0 in the tournament with a 1.27 ERA. Over 22 innings, she allowed five runs on 21 hits and had 11 strikeouts.

“It’s unbelievable,” first-year O-State coach Sara Headley said in a media release prepared by the college. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish above .500. This is amazing and I am so proud of this team for believing in the process and believing in themselves.”

It marks the fourth SUNYAC title for O-State, with the others coming in 1999, 2001 and 2004. The Red Dragons (29-9) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, which starts Thursday. The tournament field will be announced today.

One season ago, the Red Dragons finished 8-28 and didn’t qualify for the conference tournament. The 21-win improvement over 2013 is second-best all-time in Division III history, according to a release sent by O-State’s sports information department.

“This team just continues to make it happen,” Headley said. “They play with so much passion and they have grown so much throughout the season. They just refuse to give up. It is a pleasure coaching them.”

All of Oneonta’s runs against Cortland came with two outs, including one in the first inning.

Jamie Whittam led off with a bunt single off of losing pitcher Sarah Salamone. Jenn Brocco’s sacrifice moved to Whittam to second. A groundout by Traci Lichtenstein advanced Whittam to third, and she scored on Marlene Cuevas’ single to center.

After the first two batters in the third inning made outs, O-State scored six times.

Consecutive singles by Lichtenstein, Cuevas and Brianna Rivera scored the first run. Nicole Marzillo followed with a two-run double and Kristyn Neroda had an RBI single. Katie O’Gorman then hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Meaghan Foster.

O-State won in walkoff fashion when O’Gorman’s RBI double in the fifth scored Nicole Brieva for its eighth run.

Oneonta High graduate Erin Wolstenholme went 0-for-2 for Cortland, which is 28-15.

O-State opened Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Brockport in a winners’ bracket game.

DeAngelis struck out two and induced 15 groundouts in a five-hitter. One of Brockport’s hits came from Oneonta High graduate Brianna Ferchen.

The Red Dragons had three hits against Brockport but benefited from four errors.

O-State took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, when O’Gorman hit an RBI double.

After Brockport pulled to 2-1 in the fourth, the Red Dragons tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Marzillo’s RBI single capped the scoring.

O’Gorman, Rivera and Cuevas joined DeAngelis on the All-Tournament Team. O’Gorman was 6-for-14, with all six hits going for extra bases. She had a home run in Thursday’s tournament opener, a 12-2 win over New Paltz. O’Gorman drove in a team-high eight runs over the four games.

Rivera had five hits and two RBIs, and Cuevas finished with five hits, including a home run and four RBIs.

NEAC Tournament

Host SUNY Cobleskill was eliminated from North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament with an 8-1 loss to Keuka College and a 9-0 loss to SUNYIT.

The Fighting Tigers finished their season at 18-10.

In the 8-1 loss to Keuka, Sidney graduate Danielle Gravel scattered seven hits, striking four and walking one to get the victory. Gravel also had a three-run single in the sixth that gave Keuka a 7-1 lead.

Cobleskill’s Madeline DeMilio led off the game with a home run. The Fighting Tigers’ next three batters singled, but base-running mistakes kept them from scoring.

Keuka took the lead for keeps by scoring three unearned runs against Cobleskill starter Erin Wadsworth in the second inning.

Fallon Reinold threw a three-hitter to lead SUNYIT in Cobleskill’s final game, which was shortened to five innings because of the eight-run mercy rule.

Kelsey DeZalia and Mattea Bagley each went 1-for-2 for Cobleskill, which was shut out for the third time this season.

BASEBALLBrockport 4, O-State 1

Christopher Orlando scored Oneonta State’s run in the top of the eighth inning Saturday at Cortland as the Red Dragons were eliminated from the SUNYAC Tournament by Brockport.

Orlando doubled down the left-field line with two out in the eighth, then scored on Dylan Stamile’s single to center field. O-State’s at-bats in the inning ended when Stamile was thrown out at second as he attempted to advance on the throw home.

Orlando and Wayne Baker each went 3-for-4 for Oneonta (13-25), which also got hits from Oneonta High graduate David Wright, Casy Kies and Mike Cruz. Orlando doubled twice in the loss, which also featured a double by Baker.

Kyle Jordan (3-4) took the pitching loss. Jordan, who struck out one, walked one and hit a batter, gave up four earned runs on 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Wright took over for Jordan with one out and runners at the corners in the eighth. He got out of the jam when Pete Wilson lined into a double play.

Brockport (24-14) went on to reach the championship game against tournament host Cortland, which won its fourth straight SUNYAC Tournament title with a 12-5 victory.

Cortland (30-8), which has won 32 league championships, earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament with the SUNYAC Tournament title. Cortland will make its 22nd consecutive NCAA D-III Tournament appearance, which is the longest active D-III streak in the country.

Pairings for the NCAA D-III Tournament will be announced May 12.

MEN’S LACROSSEAnne Arundel 14, Delhi 7

Colby Treat had two goals and an assist, but SUNY Delhi ended its season with a first-round loss in the NJCAA Tournament on Saturday at Anne Arundel.

Robert Rohan made 19 saves for the Broncos (14-4), who received goals from Bryan Kelly, James Kirk, Paul Hyland, Jake Guy and James Lennon.

Delhi, which got assists from Gavin Schlosser and Pat Schneck, finished with advantages of 40-35 in groundballs and 14-10 in faceoffs.

Anne Arundel (14-6) outshot Delhi, 48-21, and held a 6-4 lead at halftime. It advanced to the NJCAA semifinals at Nassau Community College on Saturday against Onondaga CC. Essex plays Nassau in the other national semifinal. The championship game is slated for Sunday at Nassau CC.

TRACKSUNYAC Championships

Six individual championships helped Oneonta State’s men to the title Saturday in the SUNYAC Championships at Geneseo State.

Juniors Charles Remillard and Rob Farrell, and sophomores Joe Carr and Jake Alviene won titles on the track. Throwers Joe Fox and Patrick Weinert (Schenevus) also placed first.

The Red Dragons finished with 173 points, 9.5 better than runner-up Cortland. It marked the first time the O-State men’s program has won an outdoor SUNYAC title.

“These men have created an identity for themselves where they are expected to contend for the team title,” O-State coach Angelo Posillico said in a media release prepared by the college. “This weekend, they believed in themselves and that confidence carried us to a championship.”

Remillard placed first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing in 9 minutes, 31.04 seconds.

Farrell won the 400 hurdles in 53.67.

Carr earned his first SUNYAC title with a victory in the 200 (21.20). Carr also placed second with a 10.73 in the 100 as Cortland’s Melique Garcia won in 10.71.

Alviene’s title came in the 110 hurdles. He finished in 14.62.

Fox won the discus, setting a facility record with a distance of 149 feet.

Weinert won his second straight conference title in the hammer. His best throw went 181-4, also a facility record.

The Red Dragons’ women finished fourth with 110 points. Cortland won with 168.

Senior Danielle Kennedy won her first SUNYAC title. She placed first in the 5,000, crossing in 17:35.88 for a 14-second victory. Kennedy also placed third in the 1,500 in a personal-best 4:42.56.

Freshman Alexandria Kober earned O-State’s other title. She triple jumped 37-5 to win the title by more than a foot.

O-State will host its May Meet at 2 p.m. this Saturday.

Region III Championships

SUNY Delhi swept the men’s and women’s titles in the NJCAA Region III Championships held Friday and Saturday at Delhi.

The Broncos’ men compiled 256 points, 70 better than Mohawk Valley.

Delhi’s women finished with 237 points, 11 better than MVCC.

Delhi’s dominance on the men’s side showed up biggest in the 800 meters. The Broncos took the top five spots, led by winner Tyler Angioli, who crossed in 2 minutes, 1.42 seconds. Brendan Callaghan was next at 2:02.05, followed John Nolis (2:03.78).

Oneonta High graduate Mitch Couch placed first in the discus with a throw of 131 feet, 2 inches.

Kenny Onyeukwu and Keimon Barrow placed 1-2 in the triple jump. Onyeukwu covered 43-8.75 on his winning jump and Barrow’s best effort went 42-3.25.

Delhi also went 1-2 in the 1,500 and the 400 hurdles. Brandon Capo-Roth won the 1,500 in 4:17.17, just ahead of Bainbridge-Guilford graduate Rob Burnett, who crossed in 4:17.62.

Francisco Wilson-King and Orion Brown finished in 56.14 and 57.54, respectively, in the 400 hurdles.

The Broncos’ 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams placed first. The team of Tyler Angioli, Angel Romaine, Brown and Wayne Bowden won the 1,600 relay in 3:29.57. Angioli, Callaghan, Nolis and Rich Arcuri won the 3,200 relay in 8:25.44.

Romaine also won the 400 in 49.88.

On the women’s side, Zhane Ridley won the 200, the 100 hurdles and the triple jump to lead the Broncos. Ridley placed first in the 200 in 27.05 and in the 100 hurdles in 16.49. Ridley’s teammate, Oneonta High graduate Jennifer Jelic, placed second in the 100 hurdles (17.70) and won the 400 hurdles (1:08.64).

Ridley and Jelic finished 1-2 in the long jump. Ridley covered 17-2.75 and Jelic went 15-4.75.

Ridley and Jelic also ran legs on the Broncos’ winning 400 and 1,600 relays. In the 400 relay, Oboseoye Ojeaga and Woodlyn Dorismond joined Ridley and Jelic on a squad that finished in 52.04.

The 1,600 relay, which crossed in 4:21.39, included Kelsey Esselman and Walton graduate Jesse Jacob.

Unatego graduate Michaela Reynolds contributed a victory in the high jump. She cleared 4-10.25.

NYSCTC Championships

Freshmen Evan Quinones and Artneil Reid won titles Saturday in the New York State Collegiate Track Conference Championships at St. John Fisher.

Quinones won the 800 in 1:53.76 to qualify for the ECAC meet. Reid won the triple jump with an ECAC-qualifying distance of 47-5.

Junior Javante Coley placed third in the 400 (49.57) and fourth in the 200 (22.63).

The Fighting Tigers finished ninth out of 13 teams with 42 points.

Cobleskill’s women finished 12th with nine points. Freshman Dana Husband placed third in the high jump, clearing 5-2.25.

Cobleskill will travel to Oneonta State’s May Meet on Saturday.