March 22, 2008


Baseball team rolls, softball earns sweeps

Five players recorded two or more hits as part of a 15-hit effort as nationally fifth-ranked SUNY Cortland (10-3) defeated host Montclair State 11-2 Friday in the first game of a two-game weekend series.
The Red Dragon softball team, meanwhile. swept a doubleheader at Muhlenberg College, winning the first game 2-0 and the nightcap 8-1.
Cortland 11, Montclair State 2: Travis Ratliff improved to 2-0 with the victory. He allowed six hits and two runs over six innings. He struck out six and walked one. Nick Baker, Michael Mahay and Mike Assman each tossed one hitless inning of relief.
Jason Simone went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Andersen Gardner was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI and Khyle Dimino went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two steals and an RBI. Nick DeVito finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Cortland High graduate Mike Avery went 2-for-5 and drove in a run.
The teams were to meet again at 1 p.m. today.
Cortland 2-8, Muhlenberg 0-1: The Red Dragons (8-4) scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie and complete the sweep. Katie Finch threw a two-hit shutout to earn the win in the opener.
In the opening game, Finch struck out three batters and did not walk any for the victory. The Red Dragons took the lead in the top of the third when Rose Morrison singled, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a Tina Milani RBI single.
The Red Dragons added an insurance run in the fifth. Donnalynn Cross and Milani each reached on errors and moved to second and third on a double steal. Shara Evanter’s sacrifice fly to center plated Cross.
In the second contest, Cortland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Brooke Weidman drew a two-out walk and scored on a Morrison double. Muhlenberg responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to tie the game.
In the second extra inning, singles by Crystal Carlson and Sammi Dieffenbach, along with Amanda Barnett being hit by a pitch, loaded the bases. Morrison then singled to right to drive in a run, with an error by the right fielder allowing two other runs to score. Later in the inning, Annemarie Nelson hit a two-run double and Evanter singled in a run. The final run scored on an error.
Nelson finished 2-for-3 with a triple, double and two RBI. Morrison was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Evanter went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Danielle Singer entered as a relief pitcher in the fifth inning and earned the win. She gave up six hits and one run, struck out four and walked two in five innings. Diana Perez started and gave up two hits in three scoreless innings. Erin Brain allowed one hit in one inning.