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Campus Clippings

Finch, Cutspec advance

May 14, 2008
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald
Two local athletes will face each other in the NCAA Division III softball World Series, starting this weekend.

Erica Cutspec (Fort Plain) used her bat to help the host Ithaca College softball team to a 7-2 win over Rochester and Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) used her arm to lead the State University of New York at Cortland team to the Plattsburgh regional championship.

Cutspec had seven hits, six runs scored and two RBIs in the tournament.

Finch threw a five-hitter and struck out seven in the Red Dragons’ 3-1 win over Endicott College. She finished 3-0 with one save in the Red Dragons’ four regional wins and holds a 21-7 record on the season.

The national tournament will begin Friday in Salem, Va.

• Ron Patterson (Gloversville) scored on a wild pitching bringing home an insurance run for the Herkimer County Community College baseball team May 6 in a 10-7 win as the Generals advanced to the Region III Final Four.

Patterson had two hits in the game.

Mitch Kierpiec (Fonda-Fultonville) got the win in relief allowing three runs over 3 2/3 innings to run his season record to 6-1.

Patterson had four hits in a doubleheader as the Generals swept Broome Community College 6-5 and 8-6.

• Kristen Stein (Gloversville) was 10th in the 400 meters for the Oneonta State women’s track and field team at the New Balance Qualifying Challenge at New York’s Icahn Stadium with a time of 1:00.56 and was part of the Red Dragons’ second-place 1,600 relay team that finished with a 4:05.81 mark.

The Eastern College Athletic Conference championships will take place Thursday and Friday at Springfield College.

• Luke Nellis (Fonda-Fultonville) pitched 5 1/3 innings in the LeMoyne College baseball team’s 8-3 win over Rider University Saturday.

He gave up two runs in the sixth inning before the Dolphins got him off the hook with an eight-run bottom of the sixth.

Despite having a 3-6 ERA, Nellis has a 3.74 ERA. He’s struck out 57 batters in 55 1/3 innings.

• Chris Wiltey (Broadalbin-Perth) appeared in 14 games and started six for the Cazenovia baseball team.

He had a .321 batting average with four doubles and four RBIs.

Brandon Brown (Broadalbin-Perth) hit .250 in 12 games and on the mound Kyle Hill (Oppenheim-Ephratah) had a 3-0 record with a 4.50 ERA. He had one complete game.

Note: This will be the last Campus Clippings for the 2007-08 year. It will resume in the fall.

Mike Zummo is a sports reporter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at


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