It should come as no surprise that the SUNY Athletic Conference honored Oneonta State freshmen softball players Katie O’Gorman and Sabrina DeAngelis on Monday.
Two days after the Red Dragons (29-9) earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament, the SUNYAC selected outfielder O’Gorman as its Player of the Week and DeAngelis as its Pitcher of the Week.
O’Gorman made the All-SUNYAC Tournament Team after batting .462 with a slugging percentage of 1.077 in four games during O-State’s undefeated run to its first conference title since 2004. She finished with six hits, all for extra bases, and a team-high eight RBIs.
O’Gorman highlighted her weekend performance with a 3-for-3 effort that included two doubles, a home run and five RBIs in top-seeded host Oneonta’s 12-2 victory in five innings over New Paltz to open the SUNYAC Tournament on Friday.
SUNYAC Tournament MVP DeAngelis started all four games in the circle and went 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA. She struck out 11 and allowed five runs on 21 hits in 22 innings. Her second complete game of the tournament led O-State to an 8-0 triumph in five innings over Cortland in Saturday’s championship game.
O-State also earned a 5-4 win in nine innings against Geneseo on Friday and a 4-1 victory over Brockport on Saturday.
The Red Dragons will compete in the NCAA D-III Tournament Northeast Regional, a double-elimination event that runs Friday through Sunday at Ithaca College. Oneonta will open its fourth NCAA appearance against New Jersey Athletic Conference champion Rowan University (34-10) on Friday at a time to be announced. The Profs reached the NCAAs for the fourth straight season and 22nd overall.
Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference champion Penn State-Altoona (29-9) will face Empire 8 Conference winner Ithaca (24-12) in Friday’s other first-round game. The Bombers, who won the national title in 2002, will make their 26th NCAA appearance. PS-Altoona reached the NCAA D-III Tournament for the second straight season.