March 19, 2010


Finch and Powell toss shutouts for Dragons

CLERMONT, FLA. – Senior Katie Finch and sophomore Lyndsay Rowell each tossed shutouts as nationally sixth-ranked Cortland completed its season-opening Florida trip with victories over Rhode Island College, ranked 24th, 6-0, and Frostburg State University of Maryland 5-0.
Cortland has won 10 consecutive games and is now 10-2 on the season. The Red Dragons went 4-2 at the NFCA Div. III Leadoff Classic last weekend and were 6-0 at the NTC Spring Games.
With her victory, Finch moved into a tie for first place on Cortland’s career wins list. She has a career record of 72-24, matching the victory total set by Leslie Lance, who went 72-34 from 1996-99. Finch allowed three hits and no walks and struck out 11 batters over seven innings. She has 45 strikeouts this spring and 802 for her collegiate career.
Rowell threw a four-hitter versus Frostburg with two strikeouts and two walks. Rowell and Finch are both 5-1 on the season.
Junior Donnalyn Cross finished 3-for-4 in each contest. Her triple versus Frostburg was the 20th of her Red Dragon career, tying the school record established by Shelley Reynolds from 1984-87. Cassie Kardia went 2-for-3 with a triple and Brooke Weidman was 2-for-4 against Rhode Island College (1-2).
Cortland’s first game featured a pitcher’s duel between Finch and Rhode Island College’s Amanda Berard for the first four innings. The Red Dragons broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when Cross reached on a one-out error, stole second and scored on junior Brooke Weidman’s single to center. Weidman finished 2-for-4, while Cassie Kardia went 2-for-3 with a triple and Brooke Weidman was 2-for-4.
Cortland scored single runs in five different innings versus Frostburg. Senior Emily Ringen singled in a run in the top of the first and Cross hit an RBI single in the second. In the fifth, Cross led off with her record-tying triple and scored on a Weidman single up the middle.
Kardias led off the sixth with a double, took third on a groundout and scored on Sammi Dieffenbach’s squeeze bunt. In the seventh, Weidman singled with one out and Ringen singled with two outs. Freshman Nicole Gallo, in her first collegiate at-bat, pinch hit and beat out an infield single to drive in the Red Dragons’ final run.
Ringen and Weidman were each 2-for-4 for Cortland. Victoria Krichbaum went 1-for-2 with a walk for Frostburg (5-6).