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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Sauquoit native, baseball coach Owens reaches 1,000 wins

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 4/6/23

Rutgers University baseball coach Steve Owens (Sauquoit) recorded the 1,000th win of his career when the Scarlet Knights shut out Hofstra University 5-0.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Sauquoit native, baseball coach Owens reaches 1,000 wins


Rutgers University baseball coach Steve Owens (Sauquoit) recorded the 1,000th win of his career when the Scarlet Knights shut out Hofstra University 5-0.

Owens, now in his fourth season at Rutgers and his 32nd overall, is just the ninth active NCAA Division I baseball coach to reach 1,000 wins. His Scarlet Knights improved to 15-13 with Tuesday’s win.

Owens has an 86-60 record at Rutgers. A member of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame, Owens has a career record of 1,000-543-3. He took over at Rutgers after coaching at SUNY Cortland (245-82-1), Le Moyne College (342-217) and Bryant University (327-184-2).

At the NCAA Division III level, SUNY Oneonta pitcher Tom Roefaro (Utica/Notre Dame) made his first start of the baseball season and allowed one run on five hits, walked one and struck out five in a 6-1 victory over Utica University. It was the 13th straight victory for the Red Dragons and Ben Grimm (VVS), now in his 11th season as Oneonta’s head coach.

Roefaro, a transfer from Onondaga Community College, improved to 3-0 with the win. Four days later, the junior right-hander was back in the bullpen, this time throwing two perfect innings and picking up his second save as Oneonta (16-4) shut out Vassar College 2-0.

Utica’s Pioneers bounced back with a 9-1 win over Houghton University. Dom Fasolo (Whitesboro) had three doubles and four RBIs, Joe Crossley (Marcy/Whitesboro) had two doubles and two RBIs, and winning pitcher Ryan Cardone (Whitesboro) went a career-high eight innings, allowing five hits and striking out five.

Le Moyne College’s Zach Brush (New York Mills) hit a two-run homer and teammate Dewey Roden (Sherrill/VVS) had a two-run double in the opener, and Roden hit another RBI double in the nightcap as the Division II Dolphins completed four-game series sweep with Monday’s 13-3 and 6-5 wins over 12th-ranked Franklin Pierce University. On Sunday, Le Moyne rallied from a 7-0 deficit and Brush’s tie-breaking double led to an 11-8 win in the opener. Roden had two hits in that game and an RBI double to help the Dolphins beat Franklin Pierce 3-0.

Union College freshman Caleb Miller (Westmoreland) had two hits, including a three-run triple, and four RBIs in a 17-2 win over Cazenovia College.

Siena College’s Vincenzo Castronovo (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) hit his fourth home run of the season and the Saints snapped a 15-game losing streak with a 7-4 win over two-time defending Southern Conference champion Wofford.

A two-run single by Hunter Holliday (Camden) broke a 2-2 tie and SUNY Cortland extended its winning streak to nine games with a 5-2 victory over SUNY New Paltz.

Ithaca College’s Riley Brawdy (Rome/RFA) hit his fourth home run of the season in a 7-6 win over St. Lawrence University.

Onondaga Community College’s Mike Benedetto (Holland Patent) hit a three-run triple in the opener and then had two hits and two RBIs in the second game as the Lazers swept Jefferson Community College, 13-2 and 9-2. Benedetto also had two hits and an RBI in a 13-2 win over Corning Community College.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Joseph DiMasse (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) had two doubles and two RBIs and Colton Davis (Oriskany) also had two hits in a 3-2 win over Cayuga Community College.

Track & field honors for Utica’s Hadasz, Fay

Utica University track and field star Andy Hadasz (Whitesboro) was named the Empire 8 Conference’s Men’s Track Athlete of the Week after the junior sprinter qualified for regionals in all three of his events during last Saturday’s Hamilton College Invitational.

Hadasz placed third in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 11.01 seconds, and he was runner-up in the 200 with a time of 22.04. He also joined Zuriel Wright, Shane Tinney (Oriskany) and Ethan Kain (New Hartford) on a 4x100 relay team that won the event with a time of 43.14 seconds.

The Pioneers also got another first-place finish from Justin Swavely (Rome/RFA), who won the men’s javelin with a throw of 177 feet, 5 inches.

Utica senior Jane Fahy (Oriskany), meanwhile, was named the Empire 8 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week for the second straight time. She won the discus with a throw of 113, 1 inch, and placed second in the shot put at 42 feet, 5 ½ inches at the Hamilton College Invitational.

Utica’s Mackenzie Mix (Camden) won the women’s 100-meter dash in 12.71 seconds and was runner-up in the 200 and teammate Jade Dening (Remsen) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:15.46 and was the runner-up at 400 meters.

At the Muhlenberg College Invitational, Ithaca College’s Nate Oczkowski (New Hartford) won the 400-meter hurdles in 55.11 seconds.

At St. Lawrence University’s Ice Broken Open, the Saints’ Erik Geier (Hamilton) won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.05 seconds.

DeCondo scores 100th career goal for Utica

Utica University senior Samantha DeCondo (Whitesboro) scored the 100th goal of her career and teammate Grace Stuhlman (Whitesboro) tied her career high with five goals for the second straight game, but SUNY Plattsburgh’s women’s lacrosse team outlasted the Pioneers 13-12 in overtime.

DeCondo, who had three goals and two assists in last Saturday’s 11-9 loss to Nazareth College, is the 11th player in program history to score 100 goals in her career.

St. John Fisher University’s 24th-ranked women’s lacrosse team got a season-high three goals and two assists from Mary Fiorentino (New Hartford), but fourth-ranked William Smith College (8-0) ended the Cardinals’ four-game winning streak with a 10-9 victory.

SUNY Morrisville’s Aria Treadway (Rome/RFA) scored a season-high five goals in a 20-4 victory over Mount Aloysius College. It was the second straight win for the Mustangs, who got 10 saves from goalkeeper Rebecca Thomas (Marcy/Whitesboro) and beat Alfred University 12-6 in their previous game. Thomas shut out the Saxons over the final 35 minutes.

Clarkson University’s Hailey Millington (Rome/RFA) scored three goals in an 18-11 win over Vassar College. She also scored twice in a 12-9 loss to SUNY Geneseo.

Alfred University’s Abigail Call (Rome/RFA) had two goals and an assist in an 18-9 win over Keuka College.

Local stars shine in SUNY Poly softball sweeps

Kimberly Birmingham (Camden) went 3 for 3 with two RBIs, Aeron Hamm (Oriskany) had two hits and four RBIs and pitcher Caitlin Reilly (Whitesboro) struck out eight to lead SUNY Poly’s softball team to an 8-5 victory and a sweep of a non-conference doubleheader with Utica University.

In the opener, Maddelyn Hoehn (Oriskany) had two hits and scored twice and Trinity Critelli (Frankfort/Frankfort-Schuyler) struck out 11 to lead SUNY Poly to a 3-2 victory. Erica Sanford (Boonville/Adirondack) had two hits for the Pioneers in that game, and she also had two hits in Utica’s 6-4, nine-inning win over Union College on Saturday.

SUNY Poly rolled to a pair of five-inning wins on Tuesday, shutting out winless Wells College 12-0 and 18-0. In the opener, Critelli pitched a one-hitter, struck out 10 and had two hits and two RBIs, Birmingham homered and had an RBI double, and Gabriella Ellixson (Whitesboro/Notre Dame) drove in two runs with a double and a triple.

In the second game, Joy Stevens (Whitesboro) allowed one hit over four innings and had two hits and three RBIs, Hamm was 3 for 3 with three RBIs, Birmingham added two hits and three RBIs and Hoehn had two hits and two RBIs.

Cazenovia College’s Olivia Simone (Whitesboro) had three hits and three RBIs and teammate Madison Cieslak (Whitesboro) clubbed a three-run homer in a 10-2 win over Clarks Summit University.

Maycock helps Wildcats win fourth straight

Attackman Andrew Maycock (Deerfield/Whitesboro) had two goals and two assists in a 20-5 romp over Northern Vermont-Lyndon and his goal and two assists helped the SUNY Poly men’s lacrosse team extend its winning streak to four games with a 14-6 victory over Maine’s Thomas College.

Teammate Jared Harter (Holland Patent) had a goal and two assists against Northern Vermont-Lyndon.

Alfred University’s Peter Colburn (New Hartford) had a goal and an assist in a 28-7 win over Russell Sage College.


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