April 11, 2011
Red Dragons take showdown for 1st
There is only one softball unbeaten remaining in the SUNY Athletic Conference.
That unblemished status belongs to SUNY Cortland, now all alone in first place after sweeping past visiting Fredonia in a Saturday showdown of conference unbeatens — the Red Dragons taking 9-2 and 3-0 victories.
Dependable pitching provided a boost for the Red Dragons, who are 6-0 in league play, 17-3 overall and ranked 20th nationally in Division III.
Junior Lyndsay Rowell gave up seven hits and two unearned runs in the opener, striking out four batters while improving to 9-2. Sophomore Morgan Kuhn tossed a three-hit shutout in the nightcap, also striking out four while improving to 2-1.
Fredonia falls to 6-2 in the SUNYAC standings, 18-4 overall.
Cortland 9, Fredonia 2: Cortland scored all the runs it needed with a five-run second inning at Dragon Field. Sophomore Tara Donnino singled in the first two runs of the frame and the next two runs scored with the help of errors. Sophomore Cassie Kardias completed the scoring with an RBI double.
After Fredonia got two runs back in the top of the third on a Brittany Lis RBI single and a Michelle Lattner sacrifice fly. Cortland plated four runs in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
Senior Donnalyn Cross tripled with one out and scored on a single up the middle by sophomore Lucia Meola. An error and an Abby Martin single loaded the bases and junior Jessica Harman drew a walk to force in a run. Freshman Meaghan Kohler singled in two runs two batters later.
Meola and Cross each finished 3-for-4, while Kohler and Donnino drove in two runs apiece. Harman drew walks in all three of her plate appearances.
Cortland 3, Fredonia 0: Cortland scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first run scored on an error, followed by a Harman RBI groundout and a Kohler run-scoring single.
Fredonia got only two runners in scoring position against Kuhn. Lauren Larson walked to lead off the fifth and was bunted to second, and Lis doubled with one out in the sixth.
Martin and Kohler each went 2-for-3 and Cross was 1-for-2 with a walk for Cortland.
Cortland hosts New Paltz in a makeup doubleheader on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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