Senior centerfielder Katie Bartkowiak (Fredonia) broke one school career record and tied another during Fredonia State's SUNYAC doubleheader with the Geneseo Blue Knights.
The Blue Devils and Blue Knights split the doubleheader. Fredonia State won the opener, 5-3, and Geneseo took the second game, 13-8.
Bartkowiak's liner down the line in left was her ninth homer and 169th hit, which tied Heather Mercer in both categories. Bartkowiak then set the career hit record with a single in the last of the sixth.
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Mercer played four seasons (2001-04) while Bartkowiak is in her fourth year with 10 games remaining.
Three seniors had key roles in the Blue Devils' 5-3 win in the opener. Senior shortstop Tina Schwartzmeyer gave her team a 3-1 lead with a three-run homer. It was Schwartzmeyer's first collegiate homer.
With the score tied at 3-3, Senior third baseman Jamie Atkins blooped a go-ahead single into short right field. The Blue Devils added an insurance run when sophomore first baseman Cherise Gunnell (Falconer), after reaching on her third hit of the game, scored following a rundown between third and home.
Senior right-hander Danielle Shelp tossed a complete-game seven-hitter. She was aided by errorless defense, which included a diving catch in short right by freshman second baseman Alyssa Morgan. The win improved Shelp to 1-4.
Morgan and Bartkowiak had two hits each. Morgan raised her team-leading batting average to .478 while Bartkowiak moved within two hits of Mercer's career team hits record.
Geneseo jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game, two on a homer by Samantha Trapasso, and never trailed. Senior right-hander Alyssa Brognano started and took the loss (4-7). She was relieved in the sixth by senior right-hander Raela Wiley-Delp.
Senior left fielder Anne Wasik (Fredonia) had an RBI triple to cut the Geneseo lead to 8-4 in the last of the fifth inning. It was the first triple of the season by the Blue Devils. It was followed by a two-run homer by Gunnell, her team-leading fourth of the season, to make it 8-6. The Blue Devils could get no closer.
All seven seniors were recognized along with their families during an on-field ceremony after the doubleheader.
The Blue Devils are back at home Monday for a SUNYAC doubleheader vs. Brockport, set to start at 3 o'clock.
Devils fall to Oswego
OSWEGO - The Fredonia State baseball team concluded its three-game series with a 3-1 loss at Oswego on Sunday.
In a game that took an hour and forty minutes, Fredonia State's Zach Jordan and Oswego's Jon Stevens each tossed complete games. Jordon (5-1) allowed eight hits and three runs over eight innings, walking none and striking out two.
Stevens (2-1) scattered five hits and allowed one run, striking out three and walking one.
Oswego scored first in the second inning. Andrew Lazzaro singled home Scott Buniak from second.
The Devils tied the game in the fifth when Conner Lorenzo singled home Matt Casilio with two outs.
Oswego tacked on the final two runs in the sixth inning. With two outs, a pair of singles followed by a Matt Mascari double plated two runs.
Oswego now stands at 9-6 in the SUNYAC and 16-11 overall.
The Devils (7-8 SUNYAC, 16-11 overall) are scheduled to play host to D'Youville on Tuesday at Ludwig Field. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.