March 21, 2009


Pitchers key C-State sweep

ALLENTOWN, PA. – Freshman Lyndsay Rowell tossed a three-hit shutout as nationally eighth-ranked Cortland defeated Muhlenberg College, 3-0, to complete a sweep of a non-league doubleheader. The Red Dragons (11-1) took the opener, 2-1, as junior Katie Finch allowed four hits and struck out 12 batters.
Rowell struck out five and walked one as she improved her season record to 3-1. Freshman Jessica Harman went 2-for-2 and sophomore Brooke Weidman finished 2-for-3.
Alyssa Bruckner pitched a complete game for Muhlenberg (5-7) in the nightcap. She allowed seven hits and three runs, two earned, struck out five and walked one.
In the opening game, junior Emily Ringen went 2-for-2 with a walk and Harman was 2-for-3 for the Red Dragons. Finch, now 7-0, allowed only one hit through six innings, but gave up three hits in the seventh. She allowed a run in the seventh – the first earned run she has given up this season in 45 and one-third innings pitched.
Cortland struck in its first at-bat when Cross walked, took second on a wild pitch, stole third with one out and scored on a line drive sacrifice fly to right by junior Jackie Begnoche. The Red Dragons added what proved to be the game-winning run in the seventh. Williamson led off with a single and was bunted to second by junior Rose Morrison. Williamson took third on a groundout and scored on a Carlson RBI fielder’s choice.
Muhlenberg made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh. Ferrigno led off with a double and Samantha Crist singled with one out to move pinch runner Allie Saltstein to third. Brittany Blohm hit an RBI single to center and a groundout moved the potential tying run to third and winning run to second. Finch got another groundout, however, to end the game.
Finch outdueled Ashley Brewer, who gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings. She struck out five and walked three.

Cortland 2, Muhlenberg 1
Cortland 100 000 1 — 2 5 1
Muhlenberg 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Cortland: Katie Finch (W, 7-0) and Sammi Dieffenbach. Muhlenberg: Ashley Brewer (L, 2-4) and RiRi Ferrigno.
2B- Emily Ringen (C), RiRi Ferrigno (M).

Cortland 3, Muhlenberg 0
Cortland 000 021 0 — 3 7 0
Muhlenberg 000 000 0 — 0 3 2
Cortland: Lyndsay Rowell (W, 3-1) and Katie Fusco. Muhlenberg: Alyssa Bruckner (L, 3-3) and Brittany Blohm.
3B- Donnalyn Cross (C).