April 16, 2011
Cortland hit record for Cross in sweep
GENESEO — A lone base hit shy of a historic moment heading into Friday, Donnalyn Cross came through big time.
The SUNY Cortland second baseman became the school’s all-time career hit leader by going 5-for-7 including a home run during a softball sweep of host Geneseo, the Red Dragons capturing 3-1 and 7-1 victories at Vic Raschi Field.
Leadoff hitter and team captain Cross started the day tied with Julie Gentner on Cortland’s career hit chart. The senior out of Chenango Valley broke the record with a single in the third inning and when her big day was done had reached 229 career hits.
Ranked 18th nationally in Division III, first place Cortland is now a perfect 10-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings and 23-3 overall. Geneseo is 1-5 in conference play and 10-12 overall.
Cortland’s scheduled doubleheader at Brockport today was been moved to Sunday at 1 p.m. due to the weather.
Cortland 3, Geneseo 1: Cortland broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the sixth.
Cassie Kardias was hit by a pitch to start the inning and was forced at second on an Abby Martin fielder’s choice. Pinch runner Charlotte Freed moved to second on a Jessica Harman single and Lorraine Stoddard walked to load the bases.
Meaghan Kohler singled to drive in two runs and, with two outs, Tara Donnino (East Northport/Northport) singled home Stoddard.
Donnino finished 2-for-3 and Cross was 2-for-4 to lead the offense. Pitcher Lyndsay Rowell tossed a three-hitter and is 12-2 on the year.
Rowell allowed a Lexi Williams solo homer to lead off the seventh, but retired the next three hitters on groundouts to end the game. Rowell struck out five and walked one. Geneseo’s Janine Montera gave up nine hits and three runs.
Cortland 7, Geneseo 1: Sophomore pitcher Morgan Kuhn earned the victory for the Red Dragons. Now 4-1 on the season, Kuhn gave up four hits and a walk in six innings. She struck out six and allowed an unearned run. Martin pitched a scoreless seventh.
Cross staked Cortland to a 1-0 lead with a solo homer to lead off the top of the third. Geneseo answered when JaneAnne LePage doubled with one out and eventually scored on an error.
Cortland took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth on a two-out, three-run error with the bases loaded. Katie Fusco singled in a run in the fifth, and in the sixth Cross doubled and eventually stole home as part of an attempted double steal following a Danielle Groneman walk.
Alicia Hibbard drove in the final Cortland run with a seventh-inning double.
Cross was 3-for-3 and scored three times and Harman finished 2-for-4. LePage was 3-for-3 with two doubles to account for three of the Knights’ five hits.
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