April 06, 2009


Dragons recover after streak ends

ROCHESTER — After a 17-game SUNY Cortland winning streak was snapped in this Sunday softball showdown of nationally-ranked squads, the Red Dragons bounced back to earn a split against host Rochester in a non-conference match-up.
Rochester, ranked 19th nationally in Division III, won the opening game 1-0 as Beth Ameno won a pitching duel over previously unbeaten Red Dragon hurler Katie Finch. The Red Dragons, ranked seventh in the country, won the second game 4-3 to improve to 18-2 on the season.
The games were originally scheduled for Cortland on Saturday, but were postponed due to weather and moved to Rochester on Sunday.
Junior Finch became Cortland’s career strikeout leader during the doubleheader. She struck out nine batters in the first game despite suffering her first loss of the season. She also fanned seven batters over four innings to earn the save in the nightcap.
Her 560 strikeouts surpass Stephanie Adamshick’s 551 from 2003-06.
Rochester 1, Cortland 1: Ameno allowed three hits and no walks and struck out seven. She retired the first dozen Cortland batters before allowing a Sammi Dieffenbach leadoff single in the fifth. Dieffenbach finished 2-for-3 and Cait Carner was 1-for-2 for the Red Dragons.
Finch gave up six hits and one run over six innings and fell to 10-1 this spring. She did not walk a batter.
Kim Grimes (2-for-3) singled to lead off the sixth inning for the Yellowjackets (15-8) and pinch runner Melissa Altemore moved to second on an Elizabeth Slupinski sacrifice bunt. After Ameno’s single put runners on first and third, Nikki Lee DiSalvio hit a ball that shortstop Jessica Harman made a diving stop on. Harman forced out Ameno at second, but Altemore crossed the plate for the game’s only run.
Cortland 4, Rochester 3: Cortland won the second game despite Rochester’s Lindsay Macaluso turning in a 3-for-4 effort that featured two solo homers, a double and three RBI. Donnalyn Cross went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Dieffenbach was 2-for-4 to lead Cortland’s nine-hit attack.
Lyndsay Rowell started for Cortland and allowed two runs, one earned, in 2-2/3 innings. She struck out three and walked three. Maria Carucci entered in the bottom of the third with two outs, the bases loaded and Cortland down 2-1. She struck out the only batter she faced and earned the win after Cortland took the lead with three runs in the top of the fourth.
Rochester grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on a Macaluso solo homer. Cortland tied the game in the second when Katie Fusco singled and eventually scored on a Cross RBI single. Rochester regained the lead at 2-1 on Macaluso’s RBI groundout in the second.
Cortland’s go-ahead rally in the fourth started with a Cait Carner single. Rowell singled with one out and Cross singled in the tying run. Crystal Carlson plated the next run on a groundout and Cross scored the last run on a wild pitch.
— Homer Central grad and Colgate freshman outfielder Stephanie Hartquist had two hits and drove in three runs as Colgate completed a Sunday doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross with an 11-3 win in Massachusetts. The Red Raiders (15-10 won the opener 4-1.
Colgate also had 8-1 and 4-3 wins at Colgate on Saturday, Hartquist with an RBI single in the opening victory.