March 10, 2009


Finch has no-hitter as Dragons sweep

CLERMONT, Fla. — It’s been a pretty productive spring break so far for SUNY Cortland softball hurler Katie Finch.
After the junior tossed a no-hitter as the Red Dragons defeated Emerson College 4-0 in the first of two games played Monday at the NTC Spring Games, Finch then tossed three innings of hit-less relief in Cortland’s come-from-behind 5-3 win over Penn State-Behrend later in the day.
Those two performances came after shutting out Simmons College 2-0 while allowing just two hits on Sunday, as Cortland is now 3-1 with three consecutive victories.
Cortland 4, Emerson 0: Finch struck out 12 batters and walked none in seven innings versus Boston’s Emerson College for her third career no-hitter. The only two baserunners for Emerson came on a passed ball during a strikeout and on an error.
Crystal Carlson finished 2-for-3, Emily Ringen was 2-for-4 with Donnalyn Cross 2-for-4 in the win. Cortland scored on a Ringen run-scoring single in the first, a Carlson grounder in the second, a Katie Fusco RBI double in the third and Lorraine Stoddard’s groundout that produced a run in the fourth.
Cortland 5, Penn State-Behrend 3: Against Penn State-Behrend, Cortland scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
The Red Dragons tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth when two runs scored on an error. Pitcher Lyndsay Rowell started and allowed four hits and two runs in three and a third innings. Maria Carucci entered with two outs in the fourth and runners on first and second and walked a batter before getting a pop-up to end the inning.
Finch entered the game in the fifth and gave up a run despite allowing no hits, as Cortland committed three errors in the inning. The Red Dragons’ winning rally in the sixth started when Jessica Harman was hit by a pitch. After a Stoddard fielder’s choice forced Harman, Brooke Weidman and Cait Carner each walked to load the bases.
Cross hit a grounder to second, but Carner was called out for running into the second baseman and no runs scored. With two outs, Carlson hit a ball that was misplayed by the third baseman to allow two runs to cross the plate. Carlson eventually got into a rundown between first and second, and Cross scored just before Carlson was tagged out to end the inning.
Finch earned the win with six strikeouts and no walks in her three hitless innings. She finished the day with no hits allowed and 18 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Cortland, tied for sixth nationally in Division III, won despite recording just two hits in the game — a Carner infield single in the third and a Sammi Dieffenbach bunt single in the fourth.
Cortland has two more games slated for today, facing The College of New Jersey this morning and Manhattanville in the afternoon.