The Daily Star
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Freshman Benji Parkes threw a four-hitter and Thomas Hand hit an RBI single in the fifth inning as Oneonta State defeated visiting New Paltz, 1-0, in a SUNY Athletic Conference baseball game played through a steady rain Tuesday.
Parkes (2-2) struck out four in earning his first college shutout.
Matt Salvatore led off the Red Dragons' fifth with a single and went to second on a groundout by Nate Jones. Hand's single to center scored Salvatore.
O-State (10-18, 5-6) will travel to Cortland at 3 p.m. Friday.
O-State 19, New Paltz 8
Kiera McNally and Jillian Donodeo scored six and five goals, respectively, to lead host Oneonta State to a SUNY Athletic Conference victory.
The Red Dragons broke away from a 4-all tie by scoring five straight goals. McNally scored twice during the spurt, and Nicole Fioretti, Caroline Tully and Donodea each had one in helping O-State to a 9-4 lead.
Nicole Boylan scored just before halftime as O-State took a 10-5 lead into the break.
Chelsea Collins had four assists and Tully contributed two for the Red Dragons, who held a 39-15 advantage in shots. O-State also led in groundballs, 43-21.
O-State will host Geneseo at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Hartwick seeded third
Hartwick College earned the third seed for the Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships on April 26-28 at the University of Michigan.
The Hawks (28-11) will open the tournament at 6 p.m. April 26 against sixth-seeded Harvard or No. 11 Notre Dame College. If Hartwick wins, it will play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hartwick is in search of its first Eastern title since 2007. Hartwick also won Eastern titles in 2004 and 2006.
The top two seeds in the tournament are Western Division champion Indiana, which beat Hartwick, 12-11, Sunday to win the title, and Southern Division champion Princeton. Both teams will have byes along with Hartwick and the No. 4 seed Michigan.
Brown is the No. 5 seed. Harvard University, George Washington University, Bucknell and Mercyhurst of the Southern Division will be Nos. 6-9. Gannon University and Notre Dame College are No.10 and 11, respectively. Connecticut College, which won the Division III Eastern Championship, is seeded 12th.
Hartwick has played nine of the 12 participants this year, going 12-3.
The tournament champion earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Hartwick College selected junior water polo center Sami Capparelli and sophomore men’s tennis player Sean Coppola as its Hawks of the Week on Monday.
Capparelli scored nine goals in three games and broke the Hartwick women's water polo record for single-season goals with 132. Bronwen Knox set the record of 127 in 2006.
Coppola earned his first collegiate win Sunday in a loss to Empire 8 Conference rival Alfred University. He defeated Alfred’s Lucas Krenzer, 6-2, 6-1, in fifth singles.
The North Eastern Athletic Conference selected SUNY Cobleskill freshman catcher/second baseman Madeline DeMilio as its co-Student-Athlete of the Week on Monday. DeMilio shares the award with Wilson College senior Tara Fields.
The Fighting Tigers' lead-off hitter, DeMilio led Cobleskill to a 4-0 week as the team swept Green Mountain on the road on Thursday (7-0, 21-5) and did the same to visiting NEAC rival Cazenovia on Sunday (9-1, 11-0).
DeMilio went 6-for-10 with a double, a triple, two home runs, 10 runs, eight RBIs and an on-base percentage of .689 during that stretch. She ranks in the top five among NEAC players this season in batting average (fifth, .409), on-base percentage (second, .519), and slugging percentage (third, .773).
Cobleskill junior Travis Deuel won the NEAC's Student-Athlete of the Week honor for men's golf Monday.
Deuel shot a team-best round of 75 (3-over-par) on Friday to place fourth out of 34 players during the Bronco Invitational at the Delhi College Golf Course.
SUNY Cobleskill selected sophomore C.J. Sousis, a member of the track team, as its athlete of the week.
Sousis set the school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Saturday's Coach P Invitational at Moravian College. Sousis won in 9 minutes, 41.26 seconds to qualify for the New York State College Track Conference Championships.
Cobleskill will travel to East Stroudsburg for the All-American Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday.