March 8, 2012
Red Dragon pitching duo combine to toss no-hitter
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — For the 26th time in school history, SUNY Cortland has held a softball opponent without a base hit.
Senior Abby Martin and junior Morgan Kuhn combined for the latest no-hitter, as the Red Dragons defeated Waynesburg College from Pennsylvania 7-0 for their second victory of the day Wednesday at the Rebel Spring Games. It was the sixth time in school history that a two-pitcher combination has produced no-hit results.
Cortland — now 5-1 and ranked seventh nationally in Division III — opened the day beating Simpson College out of Iowa 5-3. Martin drove in two runs with a 3-for-3 bat while starting at first base in that victory.
Oswego native Martin then took to the mound against Waynesburg, with Wayland-Cohocton High School product Kuhn taking over to start the sixth inning.
Waynesburg had two base runners against Martin, on a walk and hit batter, and struck out twice. Kuhn then earned her first save of the season and fanned four batters over the final two innings, with Waynsburg getting a runner aboard in the sixth on a walk and in the seventh when a hitter reached safely after a strikeout when a throw to first base was dropped.
Cortland outfielders Meaghan Kohler and Cassie Kardias each made big plays to preserve the no-hitter.
In the bottom of the sixth, Kohler made a sliding catch in right field to rob Jasmine Blackwell of a hit. With one out in the seventh, Kardias made a running catch in the gap in right center on a ball hit by Lindsay Palarino.
Cortland 5, Simpson 3: Cortland broke open a tight game with three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead, then held on as the Storm (11-5) scored twice in the bottom of the inning and had the potential tying run on second base.
Senior pitcher Lyndsay Rowell improved to 2-1 with the victory despite allowing nine hits and three runs. She struck out two, walked four and was supported by a 10-hit attack.
Cortland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when junior Lucia Meola (2-for-4) led off with a triple and scored on Martin’s one-out RBI double. Simpson threatened in the second, but Cortland center fielder Kardias threw out a runner at home trying to score from second on a single to end the inning.
In the third, Meola reached on an error to start the inning, was bunted to second by Jessica Harman and scored on another Martin run-scoring double to give Cortland a 2-0 lead. The Red Dragons had numerous scoring chances, but left 12 runners on base, including the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth, Simpson also loaded the bases with no outs. After a force out at home on a fielder’s choice, Hailey Jensen singled to drive in a run and cut Cortland’s lead to 2-1. Rowell got out of the jam with two more fielder’s choice grounders to third, the first of which resulted in another force at home.
Simpson finished with 10 runners left on base.
Cortland’s three-run seventh started with singles by Martin, Kohler and junior Kayla Lynch. Pinch-hitter Beth Lamison hit a ball to first base, but an error on the throw home allowed two runs to score. Junior Tara Donnino added an RBI single three batters later.
Simpson’s first three batters in the bottom of the seventh reached as Tieryn Potratz walked, Veronica Roshek singled and Jensen hit an RBI single.
Following a strikeout, a passed ball and a walk loaded the bases. Chelsea Wingard’s groundout to Rowell drove in a run and put runners on second and third, but Rowell induced another groundout back to her to end the game.
Cortland 7, Waynesburg 0: Meola went 2-for-3, and has now hit safely in all six games this season for Cortland. Kardias and Martin also had two hits, Martin with a pair of doubles.
Martin doubled with two outs in the bottom of the first and scored on a Kohler single. In the fourth, Kardias singled, stole second, went to third on a Lamison single and scored on a Lynch sacrifice fly.
The Red Dragons broke the game open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Lynch and freshman Devynn Wilder singled with one out and Meola hit a two-out RBI single. Two runs scored on a double-error on a ball hit by Harman, and Martin closed the scoring with an RBI double.
Cortland completes its eight-game Rebel Spring Games schedule this afternoon facing Aurora University of Illinois and Bridgewater College of Virginia.
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