March 16, 2016

Dragons’ streak is halted by Endicott

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — During this stretch of success that had produced 21 consecutive victories, the SUNY Cortland baseball team had been able to erase deficits both large and small along the way.
On Tuesday afternoon in Florida, the usually resilient Red Dragons were unable to respond to the seven runs Endicott College posted in the bottom of the fourth inning as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team fell 8-3 to their opponents from Massachusetts.
Cortland came into the game with a 12-0 record this season, and had won the final nine games a year ago while capturing an NCAA Division III national championship.
Coach Joe Brown’s squad is off today, returning to face Clarkson on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in Auburndale.
The victorious Gulls (3-2) were led by Chris Seidl, who finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Teammate Matthew Paola was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs.
Endicott starter Will Ferreira earned the victory with five innings of six-hit ball. He gave up three runs and one walk and struck out six. Davarn Nova threw four scoreless innings for the save. He allowed only two hits and one walk and fanned four batters.
Jason Martin started for Cortland and gave up seven runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks in three and a third innings. He struck out four batters.
Kashaun Curry turned in two innings of two-hit scoreless relief with two strikeouts.
Ralph Nuzzi finished 2-for-4 at the plate, Sean Getman drove in two runs and Connor Griffin scored twice for the Red Dragons.
Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the second on a Getman RBI groundout. Endicott started its seven-run fourth with a Paola walk, an Anthony Serina single and a Siedl RBI infield single. After an error on a sac bunt, Corbin Hyde hit a two-run single to put Endicott up 3-1.
A throwing error on a bunt allowed a run to score, Cam Farnham drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder, and Paola finished the rally with a two-run triple.
The Red Dragons got two runs back in the top of the sixth on a Nick Hart triple, with a wild pitch scoring him, and later in the frame a Getman run-producing groundout.
Endicott responded with a run in the bottom of the inning with a Paola RBI single. Cortland’s last serious threat came in the seventh when the Red Dragons loaded the bases with two outs, but a fielder’s choice force out ended the inning. Nova retired the final six batters.
PITCHER PARRY HONORED: Senior Turner Parry was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the week,and was also selected as the lone reliever on the National “Team of the Week.
West Genesee alum Parry retired all 11 batters he faced, eight by strikeout, to earn the win in relief as nationally top-ranked Cortland defeated second-ranked Wisconsin-La Crosse, 4-3, in 10 innings in Auburndale, Fla.
Parry entered with one out and runners on second and third and the game tied at 3-3 in the top of the seventh. He struck out two batters to escape that jam, then retired the side in order in the eighth, ninth and 10th innings — with two strikeouts in each inning — before Cortland won the game in the bottom of the 10th.

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