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Winter weather hampers colleges

April 2, 2008
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald
Winter weather hampers collegesWinter just won’t seem to let go and it’s hindering the local sports scene, not only here, but at the collegiate level as well.

While many collegiate baseball and softball teams at all levels took their spring breaks in the warmer climates of Florida and California, they returned home to find their fields either wet or snowy.

And as a result of the even more recent wet weather, most collegiate Web sites have the words, “postponed” all over their schedules.

There were, however, a few games and events that got squeezed in between the wet weather.

• Erica Cutspec (Fort Plain) hit two triples off Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) and scored the tying run on a base hit as the Ithaca College softball team earned a 6-5, 11-inning victory over the State University of New York at Cortland March 27.

Finch threw all 11 innings for the Red Dragons and gave up all six runs.

She was, however, betrayed by her defense as only two of those runs were earned. She struck out four.

Elmira, which is ranked 19th in Division III, also won the second game 3-1.

Cutspec had one hit in the second game.

• Brian Yurkewecz (Fonda-Fultonville) placed fourth in his section of the 5,000-meter run for the University at Albany men’s track and field team at the Raleigh Relays Friday at the Paul Derr Track Stadium.

He clocked a time of 15:10.83.

• Megan Papierniak (Fonda-Fultonville) drove in a run with an RBI single, but the St. Peter’s softball team gave up five runs in the first inning of a 10-2 loss to Harvard last week.

The Peahens have struggled this season, having lost their first 16 games.

• Matt Mancini (Fonda-Fultonville) is hitting .429 in nine games for the Hamilton baseball team.

He has one double and three RBIs for the Continentals, who are 4-6 so far this season.

• Emily Smith (Canajoharie) finished 23rd in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 22:26.02 for the University of Rochester women’s track and field team at Widener University’s Danny Curran Invitational Friday.

The event included teams from Divisions I, II and III with Villanova dominating most running events.

• Luke Nellis (Fonda-Fultonville) struck out five batters in a 4• innings of work in the LeMoyne baseball team’s 4-2 loss to Manhattan College in the second game of a doubleheader sweep.

Of the four runs, he gave up, three were earned.

• Elizabeth Tavolaro (Broadalbin-Perth) scored a goal in the SUNY Maritime women’s lacrosse team’s narrow 8-6 loss to Lancaster Bible College Saturday.

The loss dropped Maritime to 2-6 for the season.


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