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April 26, 2013

Cobleskill softball sets program record for wins

The Daily Star

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SUNY Cobleskill set a single-season program record for softball victories Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of North Eastern Athletic Conference rival Morrisville State, 5-3 and 4-2.

Julia Lull started a fifth-inning rally for the Fighting Tigers (15-15, 9-7) in the first game by reaching on an error and stealing second base. Lull advanced to third on a single by Mattea Bagley, who took second on a throw to the plate.

Melissa Spears followed with an RBI single that tied the score at 3 and put runners at the corners. Spears took second on a fielder’s choice before Erin Wadsworth put Cobleskill ahead to stay with a two-run single to center field.

Winning pitcher Brianne Gray held the Mustangs (5-17, 5-11) scoreless over the final four innings, retiring 11 consecutive hitters at one point. Gray allowed two earned runs in seven innings, striking out five and walking two.

Bagley finished 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs and an RBI for Cobleskill, which received two hits apiece from Spears (two RBIs) and Madeline DeMilio.

Tiffany Burks homered, tripled and drove in two runs for Morrisville.

Cobleskill opened the second game with three runs in the first inning.

Lull doubled home DeMilio, who had walked and advance to third on a pair of passed balls. Kelsey DeZalia then singled Lull to third and advanced to second on a throw to the plate. Lull later scored on a wild pitch that also moved DeZalia to third. After a walk to Wadsworth, Kayla Shea singled in DeZalia for a 3-0 lead.

Wadsworth gave up one earned run in seven innings, striking out 13 and walking five for the pitching victory.

DeMilio finished 2-for-3 with two runs for the Fighting Tigers, who host Keuka on Saturday.

MEN’S TENNISO-State 9, Hartwick 0

Michael Kennelly’s 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Peter Dumas at first singles led Oneonta State to a non-conference rout of host Hartwick College.

The victory marked the second straight 9-0 win for the Red Dragons (8-13), who thumped Union College by the same score Wednesday.

Kennelly also teamed with Mackenzie Park for a 9-7 defeat of Dumas and Brian Redder at first doubles.

The Red Dragons, who surrendered six games to the Hawks (0-8) during singles play, have won four of their last five doubles matches.

O-State plays its final match of the season Saturday at nationally ranked Amherst.

MEN’S LACROSSEStevens 19, Hartwick 11

Zach Gropper scored five goals Wednesday, but Hartwick lost an Empire 8 Conference game on the road to 11th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology.

Harry Hughes and Mike Vaglica contributed two goals apiece for the Hawks (5-8, 1-5), who also received goals from Irvens Dupuy and Conor McGoldrick.

Harrison Dorne’s four goals paced the Ducks (11-3, 5-1).

Hartwick closes its season at 1 p.m. Saturday against visiting Alfred University.

WATER POLOCapparelli named top player

Hartwick junior Sami Capparelli earned the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Western Division Player of the Year honor. She was one of four Hartwick players to receive recognition from the CWPA.

Classmate Jemma Dendy Young joined Capparelli on the First Team. Senior Lily Martinez and freshman Michaela Davies made the Second Team.

Capparelli is the eighth player in Hartwick history to win the conference’s Player of the Year award, joining Charlotte Mensink (2011), Kirsten Hudson (2007, 2008, 2010), Bronwen Knox (2006), Kate Chambers (2005), Ashleigh Jacobs (2004), Sheri Johnson (2003) and Megan Thomson (2001, 2002).

Capparelli set Hartwick’s single-season scoring record this season with 132 goals.

The Hawks are seeded third for the CWPA Eastern Championships and will play No. 6 seed Harvard or No. 11 seed Notre Dame College at 6 p.m. today in the quarterfinals. Should Hartwick win, it will advance to a 7:30 p.m. Saturday semifinal against second-seeded Princeton, No. 7 seed George Washington or No. 10 seed Gannon.