April 10, 2013
Clutch Gallo hit earns Dragons split with IC
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Cassie Kardias (14) beats the throw home to Ithaca catcher Kelly Robichaud to score a run during the opening game of Tuesday’s softball twin bill at Dragon Field. The two rivals split victories.
After an earlier extra-inning disappointment, Nicole Gallo made sure this SUNY Cortland softball occasion had a happy ending.
Senior first baseman Gallo singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to support the four-hit shutout pitching of sophomore Sarah Salamone as the Red Dragons nipped Ithaca College 1-0 in the second game of Tuesday’s non-conference twin bill.
The Bombers had prevailed 6-5 over nine innings in the opener at Dragon Field, securing the victory after Cortland had scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
Cortland is now 11-11 with a doubleheader slated for this afternoon at the University of Rochester. Ithaca headed home 13-7 on the season.
Ithaca 6, Cortland 5, 9 innings: Cortland led 3-1 after six innings before a wild seventh frame sent the game into extra innings.
Ithaca scored four runs in the top of the seventh on a Carianne D’Alessandro pinch-hit two-run single, a Jennifer Biondi RBI single and a Sydney Folk two-out, run-scoring RBI single.
Cortland, however, rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh. Jamie Bucci singled with one out and scored on a two-out Alicia Hibbard double. Cassie Kardias followed with a single to center that scored pinch runner Makaylee Dowd.
In the top of the ninth, IC’s Jenna Tambasco reached second on a one-out error and scored on a Biondi double down the left field line.
Cortland’s first two batters in the bottom of the ninth reached as both Hibbard and Kardias singled, but Ithaca pitcher Laura Quicker retired the next three batters to end the game. Quicker tossed two scoreless innings for the win in relief of Sam Bender.
Cortland lost despite out-hitting the Bombers, 16-9. Gallo finished 3-for-4 with a walk and Kardias was 3-for-5. Briana Barca, Erin Wolstenholme, Lucia Meola and Hibbard each recorded two hits. For Ithaca, Biondi went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
Cortland 1, Ithaca 0: The nightcap featured a pitcher’s duel between Salamone, who gave up four hits and a walk and struck out one, and Ithaca’s Allison Macari, who permitted four hits, walked none and struck out three.
Cortland’s winning rally started with a Hibbard leadoff double to left. Pinch runner Jennifer Ranieri moved to third on a Kardias groundout and scored when Gallo singled to center.
Ithaca had runners in scoring position twice — in the first after a Julianne Vincent bunt single and a Folk groundout and in the third on a Biondi two-out double. Cortland’s first scoring threat in the one hour, six-minute game came in the fourth when Meola singled with one out but was eventually stranded at third.
Gallo finished 2-for-3 and went a combined 5-for-7 with a walk in the doubleheader. Vincent was 2-for-3 for the Bombers.
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