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Devils claim I-90 Cup with 9-run ninth
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Devils claim I-90 Cup with 9-run ninth

Michael Prentice

A nine-run ninth inning carried Fredonia past border rival Penn State Behrend, 17-10, in non-conference college baseball Monday.

Down 10-8 at the start of the inning, the Blue Devils (17-17) send 12 batters to the plate and had nine straight batters reach base before an out was recorded.

They loaded the bases on back-to-back walks and a single by senior Dan Cecilia (Utica/Whitesboro) ahead of a bases-clearing double by junior Alexio Medina (Alden/Iroqouis). Later in the inning, senior Quinn Danahy (Buffalo/Bishop Timon-St. Jude) had an RBI single, junior Michael Prentice (West Seneca/St. Francis) a two-run single, and Cecilia a two-run double.

Fredonia rapped 17 hits in the game -- three each by Prentice and sophomore Steve Zaprowski (Williamsville/Williamsville South), and two each by Danahy, Cecilia, junior Liam Kelly (Buffalo/Bishop Timon-St. Jude), and sophomore Patrick Sheehan (West Seneca/Orchard Park).

In addition to their nine-run ninth inning, Fredonia scored three runs in the first and five in the fifth.

Junior right-hander Lucas Schaefer (Depew/St. Mary's) was the winning pitcher with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He improved to 3-1 this season.

By winning, the Blue Devils avenged a 3-0 loss to Behrend on March 30 at Fredonia and reclaimed the Interstate 90 Cup from the Lions.

Fredonia has a trip to Alfred State on Tuesday, the final prep before a three-day SUNYAC series against Plattsburgh this Friday and Saturday.

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