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April 3, 2010

 

Brown nearly perfect

Red Dragons pitcher holds Cazenovia hit-less

BrownJoe McIntyre/staff photogrpaher
SUNY Cortland pitcher Adam Brown delivers a pitch during his no-hitter against Cazenovia in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader at Wallace Field.

On a perfect day for baseball, SUNY Cortland pitcher Adam Brown was nearly perfect.
In the opening game of Friday afternoon’s sunshine drenched non-conference doubleheader against Cazenovia, the senior right-hander faced the minimum 21 batters while pitching a seven-inning no-hitter in a 14-0 Wallace Field romp for the Red Dragons.
It was the 17th no-hitter in Cortland baseball history and the first since lefty Matt Tone held Oswego hit-less in 2008.
Cortland, ranked 13th nationally by the American Baseball Coaches Association and 22nd by D3baseball.com, completed the sweep with a 2-0 victory over the Wildcats in the nightcap on a two-run homer off the bat of senior Adam Dimino in the third inning. Cortland junior Scott Hartling won that pitching duel, finishing with a three-hit shutout.
The Red Dragons improved to 15-5 overall heading into this afternoon’s 1 p.m. hosting of Keystone College from Pennsylvania.
The lone Cazenovia base-runner in the openercame when Dan Wood drew a one-out walk in the top of the second inning. Brown got the next batter to bounce back to the mound for a double play.
Brown, from Greece Athena High School in Rochester, then retired the side in order over the final five frames. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder struck out seven while improving his pitching record to 4-1.
With the two losses, Cazenovia falls to 2-12 this spring.
Cortland 14, Cazenovia 0: While Brown was keeping Cazenovia quiet, senior Kevin Jackson went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and four RBI to lead a 14-hit Red Dragon attack.
Junior Kris Gentzke finished 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI and senior Steve Nickel was 2-for-2 with a walk, hit-by-pitch, RBI and three runs scored.
Junior Billy Ribeiro smacked a three-run homer during a six-run fifth inning.
Senior Khyle Dimino was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Cortland took a 3-0 lead in the first on Jackson’s two-run single and Gentzke’s run-scoring single. Damon Arnold drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the third and Jackson doubled in a run in the fourth.
Nickel’s RBI single, Gentzke’s two-run single and Ribeiro’s three-run homer plated the runs in the fifth. The Red Dragons added three in the sixth on Andersen Gardner’s two-run triple and Jackson’s bad-hop RBI single.
Cortland 2, Cazenovia 0: Cortland’s Hartling outdueled Cazenovia freshman Joe Rogers in the second contest. The right-hander allowed three hits and one walk and struck out eight over seven innings for the shutout and his first win as a Red Dragon.
Hartling (1-1) retired the final 13 batters he faced. Rogers also gave up only three hits and one walk and fanned five batters.
In the bottom of the third for the hosts, Shawn Bailey was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and stole second with two outs. Adam Dimino followed with a two-run homer to left center.
Both teams threatened in the first inning.
The Wildcats had runners on first and second with one out after singles by Colin Parry and Bryan Wilgocki, but Hartling struck out the next batter and got a fielder’s choice to end the inning. Cortland used a one-out error and a Nickel single, with Nickel taking second on a throw, to put runners on second and third with one out, but Rogers struck out the next two hitters.