The Alfred State baseball team scored four runs in the pivotal 5th inning to defeat Broome CC 5-3 in a Region III Division III contest in the rain on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers are now 3-10 on the year and 2-1 in RIII DIII play.
Broome broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the 5th inning but the blue & gold responded with a rally of their own. Daiki Iizuka (Chiba, Japan) doubled and scored on two errors by the Hornets. Later in the inning with two outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton) doubled to give the Pioneers their first lead of the game. Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) followed that up with a RBI single to give Alfred a two-run cushion.
Ruben Mizrahi (Weston, FL) made that stand up and collected the final out to seal the victory. He earned the win out of the pen with three innings of work in which he allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four. He came out of the bullpen in relief of Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon) who allowed three earned runs on four hits in four innings of work.
Wheaton and Koller both finished 2 for 3 on the day for the Pioneers.
Game two of the doubleheader was rained out.
The Pioneers are home again on Tuesday when they host Tompkins Cortland CC at 2 p.m. in another Region III Division III doubleheader.
The Alfred State outdoor track & field team sits in the top five of the first NJCAA Division III poll of the season. The women sit in the #2 position while the men are ranked #4.
The Pioneers have competed just once in the early season, at Lock Haven University, but sit in the top pack of the poll. SUNY Delhi is ranked #1 in the women's poll followed by Alfred State, Harper (IL) College, Mohawk Valley CC, and Howard (MD) CC. Harper leads the men's poll followed by Delhi, Howard, Alfred, and Queensbury CC.
The blue & gold are in action on Tuesday when they host Alfred University, RIT, and Finger Lakes CC in a quad meet. Action is slated to start at 2 p.m.
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Thirteen Pioneers tallied points as the Alfred State lacrosse team raced past Elmira College JV 25-4 in the team's final non-region game of the season. The wins snaps a five-game slide and improves the blue & gold to 3-5 on the year.
The Pioneers took control of the game from the start. They raced out to a 8-3 lead after the 1st and held a 13-3 lead at half. They continued the offensive attack with twelve more goals in the 2nd half and held the Soaring Eagles to just one score.
Lance Elithorpe (Shaftsbury, VT) led all Pioneer scorers with seven points (three goals and four assists). Kyle Davis (Cortland/Homer) had three goals and two assists, Brad Zacher (Medina) had four goals, and Mike Hart (Ajax, ONT) had three goals and an assist. Jordan Napierala (West Irondequoit) had two goals and an assist, Keegan Phelan (East Aurora) had a goal and three assists, and Tim Randall (Churchville Chili) had a goal and two assists.
Michael Maranga (Rockaway/St. Edmond), Chance Lowry (Waterloo), and Justin Smith (Bloomingdale/Saranac Lake) both found the back of the net twice while Danny Weimer (Derby/Lake Shore) and Aaron Koskowski (East Aurora) scored once. James Gorton (Vernon Verona Sherrill) was credited with one assist.
In net, Brad Stowell (Marcellus) picked up the win with eight saves in the 1st half. Randy Kryszak (Orchard Park) recorded eight saves in the 2nd half for Alfred State.
Alfred spends the rest of the week on the road. They travel to Batavia on Thursday for a 7 p.m. contest with the Cougars to start the trip. They then head to #1 Onondaga CC on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.
Alfred State couldn't overcome six errors and eight walks in a doubleheader loss to Tompkins Cortland CC. TC3 won the opener 6-1 and the nightcap 11-5.
In the opener, TC3 scored four runs in the 5th inning to take control of a tight contest. The Pioneers were held to six hits (five singles and a double) on the day. Eric Mehaffy (Lisbon) drove home the Pioneers lone run with a RBI groundout in the 1st inning that scored Daiki Iizuka (Chiba, Japan) who doubled to lead off the inning.
The Panthers scored four runs in the first two innings to open up an early lead that the Pioneers never could recover. Mehaffy led the Pioneers attack with a 3 for 4 day while Greg Koller (Chesterland, OH) drove home two runs with a double in the 4th inning.
Alfred State (3-12, 2-3 RIII DIII) continues their four-game series with TC3 on Thursday. First pitch of the DH is slated for 2 p.m.
The Alfred State men's track and field team finished 2nd while the women finished 3rd in a quad meet held at Pioneer Stadium. RIT's men team won the meet with 184 points while Alfred University won the women's competition with 196.5 points.
On the men's side, Shawn Charles (Rochester/Greece Olympia) won the 100 m dash and qualified for Nationals with a run of 11.25. He was also 2nd in the 200 m dash (22.77). Garrison Koehler (Bath) won the 800 m (2:07.41)
Travis Nagle (Randolph) was 2nd in the pole vault (4.20 m), Jayvon Larkin (Rochester/Wilson) was 2nd in the triple jump (13.01 m), James Courte (Brewster) was 3rd in the long jump (6.04 m), and Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) was 4th in the 200 m (23.10).
In throwing events, Brian Edwards (Neversink/Tri-Valley) won the discus and qualified for nationals with a toss of 42.34. Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham) was 2nd in the discus (39.28 m) and also qualified for nationals. Adam Kellogg (Wellsville) qualfied for nationals in the hammer throw with a 4th place finish (40.52 m). Alex Hewlett (Wellsville) was 2nd in the javelin with a toss of 47.74 m.
The men's 4x100 relay team of Brian Tubbs (Chemung/Waverly), Hewlett, Crawford, and Charles finished 2nd and qualified for nationals with a 43.48. The 4x400 relay team of Hewlett, Tubbs, Zachary Woodard (Adams Center/South Jefferson), and Crawford also finished 2nd (3:29.71) and qualified for nationals.
Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) won the 100 m dash (13.06) and the 200 m dash (27.43) while Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) won the 400 m (59.18). Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) qualified for Nationals with a 2nd place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.05) and a 2nd place finish in the discus (29.48 m).
The 4x100 relay team of Caitlyn Hotchkiss (Springville), Dorsey, Shea McKee (Canisteo Greenwood), and Kayla Franchina (Cassadaga Valley) qualified for Nationals with a 2nd place finish (51.63). The 4x400 relay team of Hotchkiss, Dorsey, McKee, and Murphy won the competition in 4:18.86.
Hotchkiss qualified for Nationals in the 400 m (64.37) and Holli Pierce (Livonia) qualified in the triple jump (9.46 m).
RIT scored 184 points to win the men's title followed by Alfred State's 152 points. AU was 3rd with 121.5 and FLCC was 4th with 46.5.
AU scored 196.5 points on the women's side followed by RIT's 163.5, Alfred State with 112, and FLCC with 24.
The blue & gold return to action on Saturday when they travel to Nazareth College for a 10 a.m. start.
The Alfred State softball team had two run leads in both games heading to the bottom of the 7th but Erie CC rallied in both games for walk-off victories. The Kats won the opener 4-3 and the nightcap 8-7.
The Pioneers held a 3-1 lead heading into the final inning of game one but ECC scored the winning run with two outs to take the opener. Reagan Ball (Hammondsport) was 2 for 3 with two doubles, Taylor McCarthy (Watkins Glen) was 2 for 4 with a stolen base, while Athena Scavo (Hornell), Kristen Potter (Harrison Valley, PA), and Mo Parks (Avoca) all registered RBI.
In the nightcap, the Lady Kats scored three runs without recording an out in the 7th to rally to complete the sweep. Scavo was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI, Potter and Kaela Koerner (Greenville) were each 2 for 3 with a RBI, and Ball drove in two runs.
The blue & gold return to action on Thursday when they open up their 2012 home season with a 3 p.m. doubleheader vs. Penn College of Technology.
Alfred State baseball player Garrett Hoag (Dansville) has been named the Region III Co-Athlete of the week. He shares the weekly honor with Mercyhurst North East baseball player Dustin Godden.
Hoag pitched a masterpiece in the Pioneers 1-0 series opening win over Broome CC. He tossed ten innings and struck out 17 Hornets. He allowed just four hits and two walks and earned the victory in the pitcher's duel.
For the year, Hoag is 1-2 on the mound with a 2.66 ERA. He has 29 strikeouts in 20.1 innings of work.
Hoag is the 5th Pioneer to be honored by Region III this school year.
Both the Alfred State outdoor track & field teams are ranked #6 in the latest NJCAA Division III poll. The Pioneers slipped a few spots from the initial poll last week.
Gloucester (NJ) County College is in the #1 spot for the women followed by Mohawk Valley CC, SUNY Delhi, Harper (IL) College, Herkimer CCC, and Alfred State.
Harper leads the men's poll followed by Howard (MD) CC, Delhi, Gloucester, Queensborough CC, and Alfred.
The Pioneers already did not compete last weekend due to poor weather conditions but did compete on Tuesday at the Alfred Quad Meet (Alfred State, Alfred University, RIT, and Finger Lakers CC). The men's team finished 2nd out of four teams while the women were 3rd. Alfred State will be in action again on Saturday at the Nazareth Invitational.
The 2012 NJCAA Division III National Championships will be held for the third time in the last four years at Pioneer Stadium on May 3-5.