April 21, 2011


Cortland pitchers hold Caz scoreless

Sophomore starting pitcher Zachary Badanes and two relievers combined on a six-hit shutout as nationally 12th-ranked SUNY Cortland beat visiting Cazenovia College 12-0 in a non-league baseball contest Wednesday afternoon at Wallace Field.
Badanes, now 2-1, allowed three hits and a walk and struck out eight over six innings. Sophomore Tyler Scott gave up two hits and a walk and fanned two batters in two innings, while senior Kris Gentzke — making his first mound appearance of the season — retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts.
The Red Dragons (23-6) broke open a close game after four innings with a combined 11 runs in their final four at-bats. Junior Matt June went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two steals, including a straight steal of home for Cortland’s first run in the third.
Sophomore Zack Graczyk was 2-for-5 with two steals and freshman P.J. Rinaldi — who entered the game as a defensive replacement — hit a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning. Gentzke, who initially entered as a pinch hitter before moving to pitcher, hit a two-run double in a three-run eighth.
Jerome Bright led Cazenovia (5-17) going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Cazenovia starter Kyle Warner allowed just one Cortland run through four innings. In the third, June reached on a one-out bunt single and went to second on a Graczyk single. The two pulled off a double steal of second and third, but Warner induced a foul-out for the second out.
June then broke for home during a Warner delivery and was safe on a close play when Cazenovia’s catcher couldn’t handle the pitch in the dirt.
Cortland tallied two in the fifth on a John Adornetto RBI groundout and a Nick Thode RBI single to right. Sophomore Matt Wild led off the sixth with a double and scored on a one-out double by freshman Adam Smith.
The Red Dragons’ first run in their five-run seventh came after a throwing error during an attempted double play. Later in the inning, pinch hitter Chris Jackson hit an RBI single that fell in between the center and right fielders, and Rinaldi followed with a three-run blast over the fence in left center.
Cortland’s 11 home runs this season have been hit by 11 different players.
The final three Cortland runs came in the eighth on an Alex Coffey RBI fielder’s choice grounder and Gentzke’s two-run double.
Cazenovia had good scoring chances go by the boards in the sixth and eighth innings.
In the sixth, Colin Parry led off with a single and was bunted to second. After a walk and groundout moved second and third, Badanes struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the eighth, the Wildcats loaded the bases with one out only to have Scott escape with a double play grounder as freshman second baseman James Quinn tagged the runner heading from first then threw out the batter.
Cortland’s home games this weekend against SUNY Athletic Conference contender Oneonta have been shifted. The teams will now play a doubleheader on Friday at 1 p.m. and a single game Saturday at noon.
l Cortland shortstop Adornetto has been named the SUNY Athletic Conference baseball Player of the Week for the period ending April 17. He batted .579 (11-for-19) with four walks, eight runs scored and three RBI during a 4-1 week for the nationally 12th-ranked Red Dragons.
The sophomore out of Commack went 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored in a 15-3 win at Fredonia Sunday and posted two hits each in both games of a doubleheader at Oswego and in a 10-5 win at Fredonia. He also was 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in a 10-7 victory at Fredonia.


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