Wilcox Makes History
Sophomore Sets Alfred Record With 13 Strikeouts
Sophomore Jessica Wilcox (Forestville/Pine Valley) broke the Alfred University softball single-game strikeout record with 13 strikeouts against Houghton College on April 11 while the Saxons (16-6, 4-0 Empire 8) nabbed two Empire 8 wins on the road.
Wilcox, who racked up 10 strikeouts April 10 in Game 1 against Lycoming College, broke the school record for strikeouts in a game previously held by Liz DeFranco (1994 vs. Nyack), Brittany Curran (2005 vs. Simmons) and Chelsey Cary (2010 vs. D’Youville) who each had 12 strikeouts in a game. Wilcox improved to second in the Empire 8 Conference with 89 strikeouts in 2018. With the win, she moves to 8-3 on the season, tied with senior teammate Shannon Schaefer (Westfield, New Jersey/Westfield), who both rank second in the Empire 8 in wins. Wilcox leads the Empire 8 in earned run average (1.22) while Schaefer is ranked third (1.71).
Schaefer also threw a complete-game shutout on Wednesday, notching seven strikeouts, zero walks and allowing only three hits.
Alfred as a team continued to roll, moving the tally to nine consecutive wins sweeping the Highlanders 7-0 and 1-0. The Saxons have not allowed an earned run since the sixth inning of the first game against Clarkson on April 2, 2018, marking 35 consecutive innings without an earned run.
On Saturday, Wilcox struck out six batters straight at one point, but took the loss after allowing two earned runs and three hits while totaling eight strikeouts.
Connor Grey has opened the 2018 California League season with a pair of impressive starts for the Visalia Rawhide.
Grey (Frewsburg/St. Bonaventure) is 2-0 with a 1.59 earned run average in the first week of the Rawhide’s Class A Advanced season.
Last Monday, Grey threw six innings of one-run, four-hit ball with one strikeout as Visalia beat Lake Elsinore, 7-1. Grey threw 45 of 63 pitches for strikes, allowing just a first-inning, two-out solo home run. The right-hander induced five groundouts and seven flyouts.
On Saturday, Grey scattered seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run and a walk as the Rawhide beat Modesto, 2-1. He threw 43 of 68 pitches for strikes, inducing six groundouts and five flyouts. Grey allowed single baserunners in the first three innings, benefiting from a double play in the third. In the fourth, three Nuts singled to score their first run, but a pop out ended the threat. Grey then allowed singles to the first two batters of the sixth inning before getting an out. Robby Sexton relieved and got the final two outs to preserve Grey’s lead.
University at Buffalo senior Mitchell Moore (Jamestown/Jamestown) won his heat in the 400 hurdles in a personal-best time of 52.37 seconds and placed 11th out of 48 competitors March 31 at the Florida Relays.
Moore’s time placed him at the top of the Mid-American Conference and 13th in the NCAA East Region. It was also a MAC automatic qualifying time.
Houghton College senior Tage Johnson (Jamestown/Frewsburg) continues his strong spring for the Highlanders.
On April 6, Johnson went 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and a stolen base in Houghton’s loss at Stevens College.
On the season, Johnson is hitting .366 with three home runs, seven doubles, three triples and 23 RBIs.
Alderson Broaddus University sophomore Emily Isaacson (Jamestown/Jamestown) fired a 174 to finish tied for 61st at the NC4K College Classic hosted by Jefferson Country Club in Blacklick, Ohio last Monday and Tuesday.
On March 17-18, Alderson Broaddus competed in the Saginaw Valley State University Spring Invitational at Cherry Blossom Golf Course in Georgetown, Kentucky. Isaacson shot a 164 over two days there, finishing in a tie for 33rd.
The Battlers opened their spring season March 9-10 by hosting the Battle at the Beach. Isaacson finished in 10th place overall with a 178 as Alderson Broaddus finished second as a team.
Niagara University sophomore Marissa Del Monaco (Little Valley/Southwestern) finished in a tie for sixth place with a 92 as the Purple Eagles took second in a tri-match with La Salle and Delaware on Saturday.
On Friday, Niagara opened its spring season as the Sand Ridge Shootout and finished fourth overall.
Del Monaco took 22nd with a score of 90.