March 28, 2012
Stoddard’s big bat lifts Red Dragons to sweep
ROCHESTER — Belting three homers and driving in nine runs, Lorraine Stoddard powered SUNY Cortland to a pair of softball victories at Nazareth College on Tuesday.
A senior left fielder out of Liverpool, Stoddard homered twice and had seven RBI as the Red Dragons opened up with a 13-7 victory. She then smacked a two-run roundtripper in the nightcap, when Cortland prevailed 11-2 in a game halted after six innings by the eight-run rule.
Briana Barca and Lucia Meola also hit home runs during the sweep as the Red Dragons improved to 12-4 on the season, Coach Julie Lenhart’s squad ranked 17th in the most recent Division III national poll.
Stoddard’s seven RBI in the opener were the third-highest single-game total by a Cortland player over the last 25 years. Carin Piacente drove in 10 runs versus Fredonia on April 26, 2003, and Barb Marean registered nine RBI against Dickinson on March 15, 1988.
Cortland 13, Nazareth 7: Nazareth took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Casey Mathers two-run double and Brittany Patenaude RBI single. All three of the runs were unearned.
Stoddard hit a two-run homer in the third to cut the deficit to 3-2, and the Red Dragons scored six runs in the fourth on a Barca RBI single, a Meola two-run single and a Stoddard three-run homer.
The Golden Flyers scored four runs, three unearned, in the fifth to draw within 7-6. The first batter reached on a passed ball after a strikeout and, two batters later Sarah Cipperly hit a two-run homer. Patenaude and Shannon Dowling singled in runs later in the inning. Nazareth had the bases loaded with two outs, but pitcher Morgan Kuhn entered the game and struck out the next batter to preserve the lead.
Kuhn pitched the final two innings and did not allow any hits or runs. She struck out four and walked none for her second save of the season. Lyndsay Rowell earned the victory with 4-2/3 innings in the circle. She gave up nine hits and seven runs, one earned, walked two and struck out three.
Cortland added four key insurance runs in the top of the sixth on a Stoddard two-run single, a Cassie Kardias RBI single and a wild pitch. Barca her first collegiate home run leading off the seventh to finish the scoring.
Barca went 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored and Meola was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and three runs in addition to Stoddard’s 3-for-4 performance. Cipperly, Mathers, Patenaude and Sophia Rhodes were each 2-for-4 for Nazareth.
Cortland 11, Nazareth 2, 6 innings: Stoddard hit a two-run homer in the top of the first to give Cortland the early lead. The Red Dragons scored four in the second on a Nicole Gallo RBI double and a Meola three-run homer.
The lead grew to 8-0 in the third on an error and a Jessica Harman RBI single. Nazareth (2-10) plated two runs in the third on back-to-back run-scoring singles by Rhodes and Patenaude.
Abby Martin singled in a run in the fourth, and Cortland’s final two runs came on an Amanda Atkins RBI single and an Alicia Hibbard sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Kuhn pitched the final three innings to earn the victory. She gave up two hits, no walks and no runs and struck out five. Martin started and gave up five hits and two runs in three innings. She fanned five batters and walked two.
Meaghan Kohler finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and Harman was 2-for-2 to lead a 16-hit attack.
Cortland will host Brockport in a doubleheader to open SUNYAC play on Friday at 3 p.m.
l Rowell was named the SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 25. The senior out of Sandy Creek went 2-0 with a 0.88 earned run average, 16 strikeouts, one walk and 12 hits allowed in 16 innings during two road starts for the Red Dragons.
She tossed a nine-inning shutout and matched her career high with nine strikeouts in a 3-0 win at Muhlenberg Friday. The next day, she fanned seven, walked none and gave up six hits over seven innings in a 6-2 win at The College of New Jersey.
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