March 5, 2011
Mahay wins pitching duel for Dragons
STATEN ISLAND — Senior pitcher Michael Mahay tossed a two-hitter over six innings and SUNY Cortland held off rallies in the final three frames to defeat The College of Staten Island 2-1 in a non-conference baseball match-up on Friday.
Cortland, last year’s NCAA Division III World Series runners-up, improves to 2-3 with the victory. Defending CUNY Athletic Conference champion Staten Island drops to 1-5.
Mahay, a left-hander out of Whitesboro, struck out one, walked one and gave up one run for his second win in as many decisions this season. He out-dueled the Dolphins’ Pat Gale, who gave up five hits and three walks, struck out nine and allowed two runs in seven innings.
All of the game’s scoring occurred in the first two innings. The Red Dragons struck in the top of the first when junior Matt June reached on an infield single, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored freshman Tim Panetta’s double to right. In the second, sophomore John Adornetto led off with a bunt single, stole second with one out, went to third on a groundout and scored on June’s infield single.
Staten Island cut the Cortland lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second. Matthew Morales, who finished 3-for-4, singled with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Sal Todaro’s single to left.
Mahay retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, with the lone baserunner coming on a two-out walk in the sixth. Cortland had runners reach at least second base in five of the next six innings but couldn’t push across an insurance run.
The Dolphins loaded the bases in the seventh off Brendan Hourihan. Morales reached on a one-out infield single and Todaro was hit by a pitch with two outs and Bryan Moreno singled to short. Hourihan, however, induced a groundout to end the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Dan Lynch led off with a single, but Cortland turned a strikeout-throw out double play when Lynch tried to steal. Rich Morris relieved and allowed a double to Pat Gale, but Tom Nagy entered and struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Nagy also struck out two batters in the ninth to earn his first save. Staten Island, however, still threatened in the inning as Morales led off with a single and was bunted to second by Mark Glennerster. With two outs, pinch runner Ray Gise went to third on a wild pitch, but Nagy fanned the final batter to preserve the victory.
Cortland will play two games in the Farmingdale State tournament this weekend. The Red Dragons will face St. Joseph’s of Long Island Saturday at 1 p.m. and will play host Farmingdale Sunday at the same time.
Panthers Open Up a Winner
BLACKWOOD, N.J. — Tompkins Cortland Community College opened its 2011 baseball season with a 7-6 win at Camden County College, a team that spent much of the last year ranked in the Top 10 in the nation.
With the loss to the Panthers, the New Jersey school falls to 1-3 this season.
Friday’s game was the first time TC3 has been able to get outside this season, but the Panthers showed few signs of the typical early-season rust. The Panthers played error-less baseball over the entire game, which was shortened to eight innings due to darkness.
The Panthers got the offense going early, plating a run in the second, four in the third and another two in the fourth to lead 7-0 before the home team could respond. Camden cut it to 7-4 in the bottom of the fourth and then added two more in the fifth but could get no closer.
TC3 was threatening to add to its lead in the top of the ninth with two runners in scoring position when the game was halted.
Kelvin Bautista had a strong debut, going 3-for-4 with a double, one RBI, and one run scored while adding solid defense at shortstop. Matt Cornmire, Billy Crowe and Joseph Flores each collected two hits, including a double.
Anthony Graziano started the game on the mound for TC3 working into the fifth inning before giving way to Jim Burns. Burns earned the win, allowing just one run while tossing 3-1/3 innings. Flores took the ball in the eighth, recording the final two outs to get the save.
TC3 and Camden hook up again today for a doubleheader.
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