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April 17, 2010

 

Hurler Finch perfect

BUFFALO — For the second time in her illustrious SUNY Cortland softball career, Katie Finch was pitcher perfect.
The hard-throwing senior from Amsterdam tossed a perfect game as the Red Dragons began a Friday afternoon sweep of Buffalo State with a 2-0 victory, retiring all 21 batters she faced in this rain-interrupted SUNY Athletic Conference contest.
The Red Dragons beat the Bengals 9-0 on the second game to complete the sweep, that contest halted after five innings due to the eight-run rule. Now ranked eighth nationally in Division III, Cortland is a perfect 10-0 in the SUNYAC standings and is 25-5 overall riding a 14-game unbeaten streak.
Finch recorded her fifth collegiate no-hitter. Her previous perfect game was a five-inning, eight-run win at Oswego during her freshman year. Finch also threw a no-hitter as a sophomore and two last season.
Finch struck out 11 batters in the opener. The closest she came to allowing a baserunner came in the seventh inning when leadoff hitter Sam Morse hit a bloop to second base that Donnalyn Cross raced in on, fielded and fired to first to narrowly record the out.
Buffalo State falls to 4-6 on conference play, 13-15 overall. The Red Dragons are scheduled to visit Fredonia at 1 p.m. this afternoon in a conference twin bill.
Cortland 2, Buffalo State 0: Cortland scored a run in the second when Kayla Lynch singled, was bunted to second by Lorraine Stoddard and scored on a Jessica Harman double. In the fourth, Harman walked with one out, went to second on a groundout and advanced the final two bases on a pair of wild pitches.
Right after Harman scored, the game was delayed by rain for two hours and 20 minutes. Despite the restart, Finch was able to come back and retire the final 12 batters to improve to 15-2 on the year. Cross finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and Harman was 1-for-2 with a walk.
Pitcher Jenna Frieling gave up seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts for the Bengals.
Cortland 9, Buffalo State 0: Finch also started game two and retired the three batters she faced to give her eight perfect innings on the day.
Sophomore Lyndsay Rowell entered in the second inning and earned the win with four shutout innings. She gave up four hits and no walks and struck out three and improved to 10-3. The game started at 6:55 p.m. but took only 59 minutes to complete.
Cortland scored six runs in the third on a Lucia Meola RBI single, a Stoddard two-run single and, following an intentional walk to Harman, a Sammi Dieffenbach three-run double. In the fourth, Cross hit her 11th triple of the season and scored on an error. Harman completed the scoring in that inning with a two-run double.