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March 18, 2016

Dragons recover from first setback

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — After saying good-bye to a 21-game winning streak, the SUNY Cortland baseball team recovered nicely on Thursday.
Pitcher Ben Moxley picked up his second win of the season, allowing six hits and a pair of runs in five and two-thirds of an inning, as the Red Dragons knocked off Clarkson 5-3 at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. He struck out three and issued a pair of walks
Now 13-1 on the season, the defending Division III national champion Red Dragons will now open up SUNY Athletic play to conclude their Florida spring break trip. Cortland and conference cohort New Paltz meet in a doubleheader today — game one at Chain of Lakes Stadium before the second contest takes place at Lake Region High School — before finishing off the three-game series at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in Leesburg.
Following Moxley on the mound for Cortland, Nick Di Benedetto gave up three hits, one walk and one run and fanned one in two and a third innings of relief. Turner Parry pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save, allowing a lone hit and striking out a batter.
Clarkson starter Ian Castle went five innings and gave up four runs, one earned. He gave up five hits, walked five and fanned four. Joe Rooney followed with three innings of two-hit ball with one run allowed and two strikeouts.
Fabio Ricci finished 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, Paul Dondero was 2-for-4 and Austin Clock hit a solo homer — his third round-tripper of the season — to lead the Cortland offense. Nick Hart added a double to the winning cause.
Cortland scored in the third when Dondero singled and eventually scored on an error. Clarkson tied the game in the top of the fourth on a Connor Martin RBI single, but the Red Dragons answered in the bottom of the inning on a two-out error that allowed two runs to come in.
The Golden Knights (2-7) drew within 3-2 in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Anthony Padrazo (3x5) and Chris Miller. Cortland again answered quickly in the bottom of the fifth with a Ricci RBI double.
In the eighth, Clarkson pulled within 4-3 on a Padrazo RBI single, but Clock hit his solo homer in the bottom of the frame. Parry allowed a two-out single in the ninth before striking out the game’s final batter.
Clarkson starter Ian Castle went five innings and gave up four runs, one earned. Joe Rooney followed with three innings of two-hit ball with one run allowed and two strikeouts.

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