March 24, 2012
Red Dragons roundup: Baseball squad loses league opener
The visiting SUNY Cortland baseball team fell to The College at Brockport 7-5 Friday in the SUNYAC opener for both teams. The Red Dragons softball squad, meanwhile, split a pair of non-league games at Muhlenberg (Pa.), winning 3-0 and losing 7-6.
Also at Brockport, two members of the SUNY Cortland women’s gymnastics team earned All-American honors with their performances at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championships.
Brockport 7, Cortland 5: Brockport scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a two-run deficit and the Golden Eagles defeated nationally 16th-ranked Cortland. The Red Dragons drop to 11-5 overall and Brockport is now 12-5 with the decision. The teams were slated play a doubleheader at Brockport starting at a revised time of 11 a.m. today.
Mark Driesel earned the win in relief of Golden Eagle starter Aaron Tilley. Justin McCarthy entered with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth and retired all five batters he faced for his sixth save of the season. Cortland senior Aaron Schuldt started and took a no-decision after giving up five hits and two walks in six innings. He was charged with five runs, four earned, and fanned two batters. Sophomore Brandon McClain, the first of four Cortland relievers, was the losing pitcher.
Brockport trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh and scored four runs on four hits and an error to close out the scoring. With one out in the eighth, three straight Cortland batters – Tim Panetta, Andrew Pezzuto and Bryan Mistretta – were hit by pitches to load the bases. McCarthy entered and got a pop-up and groundout to squelch the threat. He then retired the side in order in the ninth.
Panetta went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored and Pezzuto was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the visitors. For Brockport, Corey Booth finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Nick Bunce was 2-for-4 with a homer, an RBI and two runs scored.
Cortland 3-6, Muhlenberg 0-7: Cortland scored three runs in the top of the ninth on a Beth Lamson RBI single and a two-run double by Kayla Lynch and the nationally 17th-ranked Red Dragons won the opener. Muhlenberg earned a split with a 7-6 victory in the second game as Cortland’s rally in the top of the seventh fell a run short. Cortland is now 8-4 on the season.
The opening game featured a pitching duel between Cortland’s Lyndsay Rowell and Muhlenberg’s Kelsey Jones.
Rowell, now 3-3, gave up six hits and a walk in nine shutout innings.
She struck out nine batters to tie her career high. Jones also struck out nine batters and scattered nine hits with no walks. Three of Cortland’s hits off Jones came during the three-run ninth inning.
After the visitors’ decisive frame, Rowell retired the side in order in the bottom of the frame to preserve her shutout.
Jessica Harman and sophomore Briana Barca both went 2-for-4 for Cortland.
Cortland fell behind 5-0 after two innings in the second game and trailed 7-3 entering the top of the seventh.
The Red Dragons scored three times before leaving the tying run on base to end the game.
Abby Martin started and suffered the loss, her first in two seasons at Cortland.
She is now 3-1 on the season and 11-1 overall as a Red Dragon.
She allowed four hits and four walks in three innings. She gave up five runs, four earned, and struck out four. Senior Morgan Kuhn pitched the final three innings and allowed four hits, two walks and two runs. She struck out five.
Senior Lorraine Stoddard finished 3-for-4 with three RBI for the Red Dragons.
She hit a two-run homer in the seventh that drew Cortland within the final margin. Lynch (double) and Lamison each went 2-for-3.
Cortland was scheduled to play another non-league doubleheader today at The College of New Jersey, starting at 10 a.m.
Cortland finished in fourth place out of six teams Friday at the NCGA Championships with a score of 185.55.
Brockport and Wisconsin-Whitewater shared the national team title with scores of 188.05. Wisconsin-La Crosse, which had won the previous four national titles, placed third (187.20), followed by Cortland, Wisconsin-Eau Claire (183.70) and Ithaca (182.65).
Sophomore Courtney Mangini and junior Sarah Nadrowski each earned All-America honors in the all-around competition for the second straight year with top-10 finishes.
Mangini finished third out of 17 competitors with a combined score of 37.25 and Nadrowski tied for seventh place with a 36.875. Last season, Nadrowski placed fifth nationally and Mangini was ninth.
Cortland earned seven spots in today’s individual event finals. Friday’s top 14 finishers, plus ties, in each event will compete for national titles.
Friday’s scores will not affect today’s results. Senior Marisa Goodstein recorded the best score on vault with a 9.65 and freshman Elise Konikoff tied for the top score on balance beam with a 9.75. Mangini finished with the second-best performance on floor exercise with a 9.625.
Nadrowski was to compete in two individual event finals today. She tied for ninth Friday on uneven bars with a 9.225 and placed 12th on floor exercise with a 9.50.
Also set to compete today were senior Cady Tinney, who tied for seventh on uneven bars (9.25), and sophomore Stephanie Sladky, who tied for 13th on floor exercise (9.475).
The SUNY Cortland 800-yard freestyle relay team of senior Michelle Seeger, sophomore Sarah Culmo, junior Jessica Evans and sophomore M.K. Dugue finished in 20th place during Day Three of the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
The four-day meet is being held at IU Natatorium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Cortland finished in a time of 7:59.20.
The Red Dragon swimmers were to conclude their competition today in the 400-yard freestyle relay, along with Culmo swimming in the 100-yard freestyle.
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