March 15, 2010


Cortland enjoys weekend sweep

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — After two losses on opening day at the NFCA Division III Leadoff Classic, the SUNY Cortland softball team turned things around quickly.
The Red Dragons, ranked sixth nationally in Division III, won the silver medal bracket during the three-day tournament capped with two convincing victories on Sunday. In a pair of five-inning outings, Cortland beat Willamette University 9-1 and 20th-ranked Central College of Iowa 8-0.
Both games were called in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.
The Red Dragons finished the season-opening tournament with a 4-2 record. They went 1-2 in their initial pool play before winning all three games in the eight-team silver medal bracket.
Cortland 9, Williamette 1: Senior pitcher Katie Finch allowed four hits over five innings for the win versus Willamette. She struck out eight and walked two.
Junior Donnalyn Cross went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI and senior Jackie Begnoche was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Cortland scored seven runs in the top of the first inning. Cross led off with a triple and scored on an error. Later in the inning, sophomore Lorraine Stoddard hit a two-run double and Begnoche had an RBI single. Junior Brooke Weidman followed with a two-run triple and she scored on a Cross single.
Weidman was named to the Leadoff Classic All-Tournament Team.
The lead grew to 8-0 in the second on a Jessica Harman RBI single. Willamette scored in the third on a Jessica Barry run-scoring single, but Cortland ended the game in the bottom of the fifth on a Cross RBI sacrifice bunt.
Cortland 8, Central 0: Sophomore Lynsday Rowell pitched a one-hit shutout over five innings, striking out two and surviving five walks. Harman and sophomore Kayla Lynch each homered and Weidman went 2-for-2.
Cortland took the lead in the bottom of the second on a Katie Fusco RBI single and tallied twice in the third on a Lynch two-run homer. The Red Dragons closed out the game with a five-run fifth inning. Freshman Lucia Meola doubled in a run and, three batters later, Harman ended the contest with a “walk-off” grand slam.
Central’s lone hit was a leadoff single by Holly Von Fumetti in the top of the fifth. Due to walks and errors, however, Rowell had to pitch out of a jam in the first when the Dutch had runners on second and third as well as a first-and-second situation in the third inning.
Cortland 7, La Verne 1: Finch pitched a complete game victory and the Red Dragons picked p 11 hits, Meola leading the way with a 2-for-3. She doubled, walked and scored three times.
Fusco and senior Emily Ringen were each 2-for-3 with a walk and Stoddard went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Cortland broke the game open with four runs in the top of the seventh. The big hits in the inning were a Stoddard two-run double and a Fusco RBI single.
Cortland 5, Emerson 1: Rowell went the distance on the mound, but Cortland trailed Emerson 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth. That’s when the Red Dragons erupted for five runs.
Weidman and Cross led off with back-to-back singles and Meola followed with a two-run triple to right center. She scored three batters later on a two-out RBI double by Harman. Stoddard then reached on an error and freshman Cassie Kardias hit a two-run double for her first collegiate hit.
Lynch finished 2-for-3 with a walk in four plate appearances for Cortland, while Meola drove in two runs.
Homer’s Hartquist Excels
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Homer Central grad Stephanie Hartquist drove in two runs to pace Colgate to a 5-1 victory over Wagner in its first performance at Rebel Games Saturday evening outside of Orlando. The Raiders won the nightcap 7-4 over Manhattan, Hartquist driving in a pair of runs once again.
On Sunday, Colgate (8-2) beat Marist 6-2, Hartquist singling in a first inning run and scoring in the third after a base hit.
In a 5-4 loss to Rider, Hartquist had two hits including a leadoff single in the seventh inning with the Raiders down a run. She was bunted to second and took third on a ground-out, but was stranded when an infield pop-up ended the game.