MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Morrisville State College Athletic Director, Greg Carroll, announced today the elevation ofJuleah (Vedder) Wanner to head coach of the softball program for the upcoming 2014-15 year.

Wanner has served as assistant coach for the Mustangs for the past two seasons, focusing on pitching.

SB“Morrisville State has been working very hard to advance the fortunes of all its athletic programs and the elevation of Juleah to head softball coach represents another step forward,” said Carroll. “Juleah is one of the most recognizable softball players to emerge from the Central New York area and has done a wonderful job as our assistant coach.”

“She has terrific insights into the strategy of the game as well as the ability to break down the technical skills and teach them effectively, with the additional benefit with her expertise as a pitcher.”

Under her guidance, Morrisville State has seen four players earn North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) post-season accolades, including Jenna D’Ercole, who holds three top five spots in the Mustang record books for pitching in strike outs and earned run average, along with three top spots in career records, behind an overall record, strike outs compiled (317) and earned run average (3.72).

Wanner, who is also the assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program, is a three-time all-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) selection at pitcher and third base. She was twice selected to the All-Conference first team and holds several records at SUNYIT, including home runs, RBI’s, wins, innings pitched and strikeouts thrown.

SB“Juleah is excited about working more closely with our players as students as well, and is looking forward to helping them meet their goals that extend beyond the playing fields, including in academics,” Carroll said.

The Dolgeville, N.Y. native is a four-time North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) first team selection and two-time NEAC Player of the Year in volleyball, setting numerous records as a four-year starter at SUNYIT as an outside hitter, including kills, digs and service aces.

Wanner collected numerous accolades throughout her career as a two-sport Division III student-athlete for the Wildcats, and claimed top honors in being named the SUNYIT Female Student-Athlete of the Year three times and Kiwanis-SUNYIT Female Student-Athlete of the Year four times throughout her career.

Wanner continues to remain actively involved in camps and clinics. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNYIT in May 2012.

“She’s just a tremendous person who really embodies all the qualities of character a parent would look for in their daughter’s coach and we are very fortunate to have her on staff at Morrisville State,” Carroll wrapped up.


MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College softball split doubleheader action Sunday afternoon with visiting Wells College, posting a 10-0 victory in the opener before falling 22-15 in an offensive driven second, in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action at the Eaton Street Field in Hamilton.

SBThe split lands Morrisville State with a 2-10 overall record, 2-4 conference record. Wells is 4-6 overall, 4-4 in league play.

Morrisville State had the bats rolling from the get-go in the first of the day’s contests, posting two triples, one from lead-off batter Nicole Duchene (Oneida,N.Y.) and another by Eileen Farrell (Johnsonville,N.Y.), to right field to jump out to an early 1-0 lead in just two at bats. Later in the inning, Kayla Walker (Oneida, N.Y.) added a double, driving in another score, before Tori Schultz (Camden, N.Y.) lined up through the center to score the fourth run of the opening inning, giving the Mustangs a 4-0 lead after just one.

In the bottom of the second, Jillian Mosley (Salem, N.J.) shot a bullet up the left line to score two, increasing the Morrisville State lead to 6-0.

The Mustangs kept the bats rolling in the bottom of the fourth, with a lead off single from Jenna D’Ercole (Highland, N.Y.) before Duchene stepped up to the plate and hit her second triple of the game. Farrell and Walker each followed with their own single, posting a combined three RBI’s as Morrisville State collected the 10-0 conference win.

SBDuchene, Farrell and Walker each went 2-for-3 from the plate, with Walker leading the way with four RBI’s.

D’Ercole collected the win on the mound, throwing four innings and allowing just four hits while striking out seven.

In the second of the day’s double, Wells jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the top of the first, before Mosley stepped up to the plate to send the ball over the center fence for her first collegiate home run, driving in Courtney Purcell (Fabius, N.Y.) who got on base by a single.

Wells College added seven additional scores between the second and third innings, and held Morrisville State scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when Tiffany Burks (Macedon, N.Y.) started the Mustang rally with a line drive double up the center of the field. Duchene followed with a double of her own, and stole home for a score, before Mosley stepped up and shot one to the right field fence to score an in-park home run.

SBPaige Jerrett (Parish, N.Y.) sent another to center field, but a back handed grab by Vibbard ended the inning.

Wells added five runs in the top of the sixth for the 16-6 lead, but Morrisville State found their offensive niche of the second game, and rallied for an eight run inning cutting the lead to two heading into the top of the seventh.

The Express capitalized off two critical Mustang errors in the seventh and added five additional runs, while forcing a three and out in the bottom of the inning to collect the win.

Morrisville State returns to the field Tuesday, hosting Cazenovia at 3 p.m.


MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College softball fell in their 2013 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) home opener by 6-0 and 10-1 finals to nearby SUNYIT Saturday afternoon in Morrisville.

The Mustangs drop to 0-8 overall on the season, 0-2 in conference play, while the Wildcats improve to 8-2, 2-0 overall in the NEAC.

SBIn the first of the day’s action, Krista Pristera (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Nicolette Kennedy (Yonkers, N.Y.) each went 1-for-2 from the plate and posted one run apiece, to lead SUNYIT from the plate. Kennedy’s hit was a triple in the top of the seventh inning.

Erica Hovey (Dexter, N.Y.) recorded the win on the mound, allowing just two hits in seven innings pitched, while collecting four strike outs.

Nicole Duchene (Oneida, N.Y.) and Eileen Farrell (Johnsonville, N.Y.) each registered the Mustangs lone hits in the opener, going 1-for-3 from the plate.

Jenna D’Ercole (Highland, N.Y.) threw the loss, allowing six hits and six runs in seven innings pitched, posting seven strikeouts.

SUNYIT jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on a Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, N.Y.) double hit to the fence and two D’Ercole wild pitches.

Holding the two run lead through the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats loaded the bases and following a base on balls scoring run, Tiffani Troilo (Rye Brook, N.Y.) hit a single to score two more, before Emily Lee (Boonville, N.Y.) added another single and run as SUNYIT jumped out to a 6-0 margin.

SBMorrisville State rallied the bats in the bottom of the sixth with Duchene and Farrell each recording hits to load the bases with two outs, but the Mustangs struggled to get any further as SUNYIT closed out the inning with an infield fly catch.

In the second of the day’s doubleheader action, Pristera again led the Wildcats from the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI’s and a run while teammate Erika Charbonneau (Boonville, N.Y.) hit 2-for-3 with a double and RBI as SUNYIT posted the 10-1 victory in five innings.

Fallon Reinold (Holland Patent, N.Y.) registered the win, throwing five innings and allowing four hits, one run, while striking out five.

Tiffany Burks (Macedon, N.Y.) posted the loss for the Mustangs, throwing five innings and allowing 11 hits, 10 runs (seven earned), striking out two. Burks also went 1-for-2 from the plate to lead Morrisville State, along with teammates Tomara Bodnaruik (Spey, N.Y.) and Kendra Deno (Downsville, N.Y.).

SBSUNYIT held a 2-0 run advantage through the top of the third, until the Mustangs rallied the bats behind a Bodnaruik and Deno single, before a fielding error landed Duchene on first and scored Bodnaruik to make it a 2-1 ball game.

The Wildcats added a run in the top of the fourth and held Morrisville State scoreless in the bottom of the inning, before breaking out a seven run fifth behind four Mustang errors to capture the conference sweep.

The Mustangs return to the field tomorrow, traveling to Wells College for a doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m.