April 7, 2012
Dragons shut out St. Joe's
While not allowing an opposing baserunner past second, SUNY Cortland came up with 17 hits during a 14-0 shutout baseball victory over visiting St. Joseph’s College of Long Island on Friday afternoon.
Junior starter pitcher Mike Hughes and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout as the Red Dragons, ranked sixth nationally by the ABCA and 17th by D3baseball.com, improved to 18-7-1 with the non-conference triumph.
The two teams meet again this afternoon back at Wallace Field in Cortland, a 1 p.m. first pitch.
Hughes improved to 4-2 with the victory. The Albany native allowed four hits and one walk and struck out five in six innings. Junior Zachary Badanes gave up one hit and one walk and fanned two batters in two innings, with sophomore Steve Komanecky pitching a scoreless ninth allowing a lone hit and striking out one.
Junior Andrew Pezzuto, sophomore Tim Panetta and junior Bryan Mistretta were each 2-for-3 and drove in two runs to lead the Red Dragons offense. Junior Zack Graczyk went 2-for-2 with an RBI and sophomore Max Rosing was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Cortland sprinted to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Michael LaTempa reached on an error and scored on a Matt June double. Rosing singled in June, then one out later stole second. After Panetta reached on an infield single, Brian Barry bunted the runners to second and third and Pezzuto lined a two-run single to right.
Pezzuto scored the final run of the inning two batters later on a Mistretta single to center.
Graczyk extended the lead to 6-0 with an RBI single in the third. The Red Dragons then scored three times in the fourth on a Panetta two-run double and Barry RBI single, followed by three more runs in the fifth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Mistretta and LaTempa and a Rob Andrews sacrifice fly.
Cortland closed the scoring with two runs in the sixth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Mathew Wild and a wild pitch.
There were few scoring chances for St. Joseph’s (14-11).
Alex Ras walked and Dennis Nover singled with two outs in the third for the Golden Eagles, but a fielder’s choice ended the inning. Rich Pecoraro and Brian Hannigan hit back-to-back singles with two outs in the sixth but were stranded after a groundout.
In the St. Joseph’s seventh, Kenny Willms led off with a walk and went to second on a one-out Sean McCauley single. Badanes, however, struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.
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