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May 4, 2013

Cobleskill softball falls, 2-1, in NEAC opener

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SUNY Cobleskill’s softball team dropped into the losers’ bracket in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament after a 2-1 loss to Wilson College on Friday at Penn State Berks.

The Fighting Tigers (18-17) had the tying run at third base and the go-ahead run at second with one out in the seventh inning. Madeline DeMilio led off Cobleskill’s seventh with a single to center. She went to second on a sacrifice by Julia Lull. Kelsey DeZalia then reached on an error as DeMilio advanced to third.

After DeZalia stole second, winning pitcher Taylor Crouse struck out Mattea Bagley and induced Melissa Spears to ground out to second to end it. Crouse finished with eight strikeouts in a seven-hitter.

DeMilio went 3-for-4 and scored Cobleskill’s run. Lull finished 2-for-3.

Losing pitcher Erin Wadsworth struck out nine and walked three. She allowed one earned run.

Wilson (14-15) scored twice in the third inning, aided by a walk and an error.

Cobleskill’s run came in the fifth. DeMilio and Lull opened the inning with singles, the latter sending DeMilio to third. After a flyout, DeMilio scored on a groundout by Bagley.

The Fighting Tigers stranded 10 runners.

Cobleskill will play Penn State Abington at 2 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.

All-NEAC Teams

Sidney graduate and Keuka College junior Danielle Gravel earned her second North Division Pitcher of the Year award from the NEAC, which honored four Cobleskill players on its All-Conference North Division Teams.

Gravel leads the Storm with an 8-6 record and a 2.78 ERA. She has struck out 44 and allowed 12 walks in 85 2/3 innings. Gravel has 12 complete games and one shutout this season.

The All-NEAC North Division picks also feature Cobleskill freshman catcher/second baseman Madeline DeMilio on the First Team and second-teamers Kelsey DeZalia, Julia Lull and Erin Wadsworth.

DeMilio finished the regular season ranked in the top five in the NEAC in batting average (.396), on-base percentage (.467) and slugging percentage at (.642). She had 42 hits, including 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs, along with 35 runs and 19 RBIs. DeMilio also went 11-for-12 in stolen-base attempts.

Junior DeZalia was among the league leaders in batting average (.384), on-base percentage (.440) and slugging percentage (.515). She had 38 hits, with 13 doubles, 20 runs and 21 RBIs.

Sophomore Lull batted .312 with eight doubles, one home run, 13 runs and 18 RBIs.

Freshman Wadsworth went 10-6 with a 3.12 ERA in the circle. She had four shutouts and a pair of no-hitters while leading the NEAC in strikeouts with 151 and in strikeouts per game at 11.17.

GOLFNAIA AII Championships

SUNY Delhi’s James Partridge had a three-round total of 230 strokes to finish 14-over-par for 18th place in the NAIA AII Championships, which ran Monday and Tuesday at the Victoria Country Club in Victoria, Texas.

Partridge followed an opening round of 78 with back-to-back 76s for the Broncos, who finished sixth in the eight-team championships with 937 strokes. Teammate Chris Braim contributed a 231 (78-78-75) to tie for 20th.

Vance Edwards of Houston-Victoria earned medalist honors with a 3-under 213 (72-70-71) for a two-stroke victory over Conner Kozak of British Columbia (75-71-69) and Adam Loran of California State-San Marcos (69-73-73).

California State-San Marcos won the team title at 874 strokes, seven ahead of British Columbia.