March 9, 2012


Red Dragon pitchers shine in Florida

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — With starting pitchers John Molloy and Aaron Schuldt excelling, the SUNY Cortland baseball team hiked its record above .500 with a pair of victories on Thursday.
Junior Molloy allowed only three hits and struck out five batters over 7-2/3 innings of mound work as the Red Dragons started the day with a 12-2 victory over Wittenberg University.
Senior Schuldt then allowed only four hits and struck out a dozen batters over 7-2/3 innings of mound work as the Red Dragons concluded the day with a 7-0 shutout win over The College of New Jersey.
Both pitchers only walked two batters in their strong outings, as the Red Dragons improved to 5-4 heading into a noontime outing with Rhode Island College before finishing off this Florida trip with a game against Wheaton from Massachusetts tomorrow morning.
Cortland 12, Wittenberg 2: Cortland supported Molloy (1-0) early as the Red Dragons scored all 12 of their runs over the first five innings over previously unbeaten Wittenberg (5-1).
Junior John Adornetto led a 17-hit attack with a 3-for-3 plate performance. He doubled, walked, drove in two runs and scored twice. Junior Brian Barry finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Junior Kyle Barkley went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks and two RBI and sophomore Max Rosing finished 2-for-3 with a triple for Cortland.
Cortland scored four times in the top of the first. A throwing error during a double steal allowed Zack Graczyk to score the first run. Adornetto singled in a run and, three batters later, Barry hit a two-run single. Rosing tripled and scored on a balk in the second inning, and the Red Dragons added three in the third on a Bryan Mistretta RBI single, a Graczyk sacrifice fly and a Matt June run-producing double.
In the fourth, Adornetto led off with a double and eventually scored on an error. Adornetto singled in a run and Barkley hit a two-run double in the fifth to complete Cortland’s scoring.
Wittenberg broke up the shutout in the ninth on back-to-back two-out RBI singles by Matt Hampp and Grant Goodwin.
Cortland 7, TCNJ 0: Schuldt (2-0) struck out eight batters, seven of them looking, over the first four innings. His 12 strikeouts for the game matched his Cortland career high.
Schuldt combined with sophomore relievers Peter Cappiello and Adam Smith for the shutout. Cappiello allowed one hit and struck out one batter and Smith gave up one walk and recorded one strikeout, each in two-thirds of an inning.
Mike LaTempa finished 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI and June was 2-for-5. Scott Kelly registered two of TCNJ’s five hits.
Kelly led off the game with a double and went to third on a one-out passed ball, but Schuldt struck out three batters in the inning to squelch the threat. Cortland scored in the second on a Mistretta bases-loaded groundout to take a 1-0 lead.
The Red Dragons added to their lead in the fourth on a strange play. Barry led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on a Barkley sacrifice bunt. Panetta then hit what appeared to be an RBI double, but he was called out on appeal for missing first base. He still, however, received an RBI on the out as Barry scored to put Cortland up 2-0.
In the fifth, June and Adornetto pulled off a double steal, with June the lead runner, and a throwing error on the play allowed June to score and extend the lead to 3-0. The Red Dragons added four runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Rosing singled and Adornetto was hit by a pitch. Barry and Andrew Pezzuto followed with RBI singles and, with two outs, LaTempa hit a two-run triple.


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