March 6, 2012


Dragon pitchers fan 19 batters in win over RIT

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — SUNY Cortland pitchers struck out a combined 19 batters, including nine by junior starter Mike Hughes, as the Red Dragons defeated RIT 14-5 for their third straight Florida trip victory.
Those whiffs were supported by a 16-hit attack that had sophomore catcher Tim Panetta go 4-for-4 and junior Anthony Brevetti out of Homer Central with a double and triple as Red Dragons — ranked 20th nationally in Division III — improved to 3-3 overall.
The 19 strikeouts are the most for Cortland since the Red Dragons fanned 19 batters in a win at Oswego in April of 2006.
Albany native Hughes allowed only one hit and a lone run, four walks also going along with his nine strikeouts. Hughes was awarded the victory despite pitching only 4-1/3 innings since it was predetermined by Cortland’s coaching staff that at least three Red Dragons would pitch in the game and that Hughes was on a 90-pitch limit. He left the game with an 8-0 lead.
Of Cortland’s four relievers, sophomore Peter Cappiello and senior Brendan Hourihan each struck out two batters in one inning of work and senior Tom Nagy fanned six batters and give up just one hit in 2-1/3 innings to finish the game.
Panetta drove in four runs on the day, legging out two triples to go along with a double. Brevetti finished 2-for-3, scoring three times and driving in a run. Sophomore Max Rosing was 2-for-3 and senior Matt June 2-for-4 for the Red Dragons, each with an RBI.
Kreag Bradley and Ronnie Canestro each finished 2-for-5 for RIT (0-2).
Cortland scored once in the second on a Panetta RBI triple and once in the third on a June RBI groundout. The Red Dragons extended the lead to 8-0 with a six-run fifth inning. John Adornetto started the scoring with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Rosing singled in a run and Adam Smith plated a run with a bunt single. Panetta followed with a two-run triple and scored on a Mathew Wild RBI groundout.
RIT came back with two runs in the fifth on a Canestro RBI single and a two-out error. The Tigers closed to within 8-5 in the sixth on Bradley’s two-run single and a Jon Meyer bases-loaded walk. Hourihan, who entered right before the error, escaped further damage with a strikeout to end the inning.
The Red Dragons tallied four times in the seventh on a Panetta RBI double, a Wild run-scoring single, a Brevetti RBI triple and a Donny Castaldo RBI groundout. Castaldo’s sacrifice fly and James Quinn’s RBI groundout plated Cortland’s final two runs in the top of the ninth.
After an off day today, Cortland returns to action on Wednesday in Auburndale facing Gwynedd-Mercy out of Pennsylvania.


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