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Campus Clippings: Finch, Cortland off to hot start

March 18, 2009
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald

Opposing batters had a rough time against the State University of New York at Cortland's star pitcher Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) March 9 as she threw a no-hitter in the Red Dragons' 4-0 win over Emerson College in the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.

She struck out 12 batters and didn't walk anyone. The only two baserunners in the game came on a passed ball after a strikeout in the first inning and an error in the fourth.

She finished with three hitless innings in relief in the Red Dragons' 5-3 comeback win over Penn State Behrend. She struck out six.

The next day wasn't much better for the opposition as Finch threw her second no-hitter in as many days in an 8-0 win over Manhattanville College, which was called due to the eight-run rule after six innings. It finished a stretch of 21 straight hitless innings.

She struck out 12 in the game.

Finch finished her Florida trip with a one-hit victory with 13 strikeouts in Cortland's 3-1 win over previously unbeaten Rhode Island College.

Finch now is second on the Cortland strikeout list with 507, passing Leslie Lance, who pitched for the team from 1996-99. Now her sights are set on the record of 551 set by Stephanie Adamshick from 2003-06. She also has not given up an earned run in 38 innings.

On Tuesday, Finch earned Pitcher of the Week honors in the State University of New York Athletic Conference for her efforts.

Bela Vonnak (Canajoharie) scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the St. Lawrence University men's basketball team was eliminated from the NCAA Division III tournament by a 71-68 loss to Richard Stockton College.

He also blocked a shot and dished out two assists.

Vonnak, a senior co-captain, finished his senior season with 347 points, third on the team, which was good for an average of 12 points per game. He also grabbed 189 rebounds, which was second on the team.

Garrett Duross (Johnstown) accounted for all four of the St. Peter's College baseball team's runs in a 5-4 loss to the University of Las Vegas.

He had a leadoff single in the third inning and later came around to score. He also hit a three-run home run to tie the game at 4-4.

Michelle Jackson (Amsterdam) scattered seven hits and struck out five batters, leading the SUNY Oswego softball team to a 3-2 win over New Jersey City University in the 19th annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic.

The Lakers won the game 3-2.

Dave Gage (Broadalbin-Perth) drove in a run with a single to help lift the Southern Vermont College baseball team to a 5-0 win over Finlandia University.

Gage is a sophomore co-captain for the Mountaineers.

He also had two hits and two runs scored as Southern Vermont suffered a 13-11 loss to Carroll University in Florida to open the season.

Gage also had two hits in an 11-3 loss to Dominican University.



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