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April 11, 2016

SUNYAC baseball: Cortland settles for Sunday split

ITHACA — After dropping an extra-inning outing to open up Sunday’s conference twin bill, a frustrated SUNY Cortland baseball team recovered to earn a split with Oneonta.
Pitchers Ben Moxley and Jeff Cooke combined on a four-hit shutout as Cortland captured the seven-inning second contest 2-0, that coming after Oneonta had pulled out a 3-2 victory in a tense 12-inning battle in the opener at Cornell University’s Hoy Field.
Defending SUNY Athletic Conference and national champion Cortland is now 7-4 and in third place in the league standings, and will take a 22-5 overall record into a scheduled 3:30 p.m. non-league hosting of Rochester on Wednesday.
Cortland and Oneonta were hoping to complete a three-game series, but Saturday’s contest — also slated for Cornell — was postponed by inclement weather with no make-up date determined as of yet.
Oneonta is now 1-4 in the SUNYAC, with a 3-17 overall record.
Oneonta 3, Cortland 2, 12 innings: In the scheduled nine-inning opener, Cortland’s Seth Lamando and Oneonta’s Thomas Bond were involved in a classic pitching duel.
Lamando allowed four hits and one unearned run while going nine innings, striking out eight with no walks. Over those same nine frames, Bond yielded five hits and one run with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
The teams who share the Red Dragons nickname also traded runs in the second inning.
Cortland first baseman Austin Clock led off the top of the second for Cortland with a triple and he scored on a Nick Hart single. Oneonta responded with Dylan Stamile hitting a leadoff double in the bottom half. After an out, Stamile scored on an outfield error after a single by Sean Mullins.
Neither team had a runner reach third base over the next nine innings.
In the top of the 12th, Hart led off with a double. With two outs, Connor Manderson reached on an infield single that moved Hart to third. Keith Andrews then hit a grounder to short and the throw to first was wide.
The first baseman attempted to tag Andrews, and the field umpire initially signaled an out to end the inning. As the teams ran off the field, however, the umpires met and reversed the call, with the error allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Oneonta started the bottom of the 12th against Cortland reliever Turner Parry with a Stamile single to shallow right field. Matt Mastroianni was hit by a pitch, and a passed ball moved the runners to second and third.
After Cortland intentionally walked Mullins to load the bases, Joe Franke grounded into a double play that allowed the tying run to score and moved Mastroianni to third.
Michael Grudzinski ended the game with an RBI single through the left side.
Chris DiDomizio earned the win in relief for Oneonta after giving up one unearned run on three hits in three innings.
Hart finished 2-for-4 with a double, while Clock was 2-for-5 with a triple for Cortland.
Cortland 2, Oneonta 0: Moxley started for Cortland and allowed three hits in two and a third scoreless innings before being pulled due to an apparent injury. He struck out one and walked one.
Cooke went the remaining four and two thirds innings and improved to 3-1 with the victory. The only baserunner he allowed was on a two-out single by LJ Gizzarelli in the fifth. Cooke finished with three strikeouts.
Cortland denied Oneonta a first inning run after Casey Kerdersky doubled with two outs and then tried to score when a fly ball to right dropped in for a hit, thrown out at the plate by Cortland rightfielder Fabio Ricci.
Ricci then started off the top of the second with a walk and moved to second on a Steven Figueroa sacrifice. Ricci went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Matt Personius double to left.
Ricci also scored Cortland’s run in the sixth. He reached on a one-out infield single and stole second. Figueroa followed with a walk, and with two outs Ricci stole third and scored on a wild throw.
A triple by Conrad Ziememdorf was the only other hit for Cortland, the winners making the most of three hits overall.

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