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Campus Clippings: Finch claims national honors

March 25, 2009
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald

Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) was named the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending March 15 for the State University of New York at Cortland softball team.

She went 5-0 with a save in six appearances during that week, which includes two no-hitters.

Finch picked up a win with 12 strikeouts in the Red Dragons' 2-1 win over Muhlenberg College. She allowed her first earned run of the season.

She struck out 10 Swarthmore College batters in an 8-3 victory. Only one of the three runs she gave up was earned.

Finch is 8-0 on the season with a 0.27 ERA and has 92 strikeouts in 53 1/3 innings.

Ron Patterson (Gloversville) tripled and Kris Barone (Gloversville) had a run scored and three RBIs as the Herkimer County baseball team pounded Montgomery College-Rockville 22-0 in five innings to open the season March 15.

Herkimer continued to have success the next day as the Generals routed Northern Essex 14-1 to finish off a doubleheader sweep.

Patterson homered and Matt Gonyea (Dolgeville) got his first win on the mound with a complete-game five-hitter. He scattered three hits and only one of the runs was earned.

Lindsey Heiser (Canajoharie) threw a five-hit shutout as the Post University softball team blanked Thomas College 5-0 in five innings.

She struck out three batters.

Heiser has started six games for the Eagles so far this season and has posted a 4-1 record with a 1.28 ERA with five complete games. She has struck out 27 batters in 38 1/3 innings and has allowed seven earned runs.

Heiser also threw a three-hitter at Penn State-Hazelton when the team played in Florida.

Chris Wiltey (Broadalbin-Perth) had an RBI single in the Cazenovia College baseball team's 13-6 loss to Waynesburg.

Wiltey has started one game for the Wildcats and appeared in five total games. He has a .375 batting average with two RBIs.

Jake Squillace (Amsterdam) hit an RBI triple for the SUNY Institute of Technology baseball team in the Wildcats' 12-7 win over Lehman College, finishing off a doubleheader split.

Squillace also came around to score during the Wildcats' five-run third inning. He finished the game with two hits, three runs scored, two walks and an RBI.

Kevin Hunt (Johnstown) scored a goal and had an assist for the St. Michael's men's lacrosse team in the Purple Knights' 17-6 win over Rollins.

They were his first two collegiate points.

Tyler Kirk (Gloversville) shot a 176, 36 over par, helping the College of St. Rose men's golf team to a sixth-place finish at the Wilmington University Spring Classic March 14 and 15. Kirk shot an 88 on both days of the tournament.



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