April 21, 2007


Dramatic rally ignites Dragons

Four wins wrap up first place


Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland catcher Mike Zaccardo celebrates after scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Oneonta 2-1 Saturday at Wallace Field. Zaccardo had tripled in the tying run the moment before.

A comeback for the ages got SUNY Cortland started on a successful two-day stretch of baseball that secured first place in the conference standings.
The Red Dragons began a busy and sunshine-filled weekend at Wallace Field by pulling out a dramatic 2-1 victory over second place Oneonta, coming up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon.
Catcher Mike Zaccardo tripled home the tying run and then scored the game-winner on Anthony Coromato’s drive to left field to get things off to a good start.
Cortland went on to win the second game 5-3 over Oneonta, off-setting a solo home run belted by former Cortland High slugger Brandon Galutz in defeat.
The Red Dragons then returned to Wallace Field Sunday to take two from New Paltz by 12-5 and 4-0 margins. Freshman left-hander Matt Tone fell one out shy of a no-hitter in the seven-inning nightcap, giving up a two-out double after New Paltz batter Steve Ferguson battled back to work the count full.
New Paltz only had two base runners against Tone (4-0), who struck out 12 batters. He hit a batter with a pitch in the third inning.
The Red Dragons improved to 10-2 in the SUNY Athletic Conference with the four victories, clinching first place and the right to host the upcoming conference playoffs. Ranked fourth nationally in Division III, Cortland is 28-3 overall.
Cortland concludes SUNYAC play with a rescheduled visit to Plattsburgh on Thursday, but has a 3-game edge in the loss column on second place Brockport heading into that twin bill.
Hard-luck Oneonta (4-6 SUNYAC 18-9 overall) dropped from second place into seventh in the league standings after losing twice to Oswego on Sunday by narrow 3-1 and 3-2 margins.
Cortland 2, Oneonta 1: The weekend’s first contest was a classic pitching duel between two senior veteran right-handers, as Cortland’s Jimmy Dougher was matched up against Oneonta’s Erik Weber. Both hurlers took shutouts into the ninth inning.
Dougher had a perfect game through five innings before giving up a leadoff single to Anthony Suhadolnik in the sixth. He had allowed just two hits heading into the ninth, when Oneonta got back-to-back doubles by Jake Wasielewski and Nick Martino to produce the game’s first run.
Oneonta went on to fill the bases before the lanky 6-foot-7 Dougher came up with an inning-ending strikeout — his ninth strikeout of the game.
Heading into the bottom of the ninth Weber had also produced nothing but goose eggs on the scoreboard, including wriggling out of jams when the Red Dragons reached third base on two occasions.
Clean-up hitter Matt Vitalone opened that last Red Dragon gasp with a slow roller down the third base line. He beat an errant throw to first, and sprinted to second base on the overthrow. Zaccardo followed with his RBI triple sliced to deep left, Oneonta’s Martino slamming into the fence trying to make the play on that opposite field hit.
Martino left the game shaken up, and Weber was lifted for reliever Ryan Williams. That’s when junior Coromato ended things, hitting a ball over the head of new left fielder Josh Bedosky — who reached out and got a glove on the ball but dropped it. The play was ruled a hit for Coromato, though Zaccardo was likely to score even if the catch had been made.
Cortland finished with nine hits including three by freshman Andersen Gardner in the designated hitter’s role. Zaccardo and Coromato had two hits apiece, Zaccardo and Gardner both with doubles.
Starting right fielder Galutz was 0-for-3, including being hit by a Dougher pitch when Oneonta filled the bases in the ninth. Dougher (7-1) finished with a four-hitter, with a lone walk.
Weber (3-3) gave up eight hits, walking three and striking out five.
Cortland 5, Oneonta 3: In the seven-inning second game, Cortland used a combination of four hits, three Oneonta errors and two passed balls to score five runs in the bottom of the first.
A two-run home run to center field by sophomore Paul Merriweather finished the early outburst.
Gardner and Zaccardo had singles, Gardner driving in a run, and Dan Maycock doubled before the Merriweather blast.
Oneonta got a run back in the fourth on a solo homer by Galutz and scored twice in the sixth on a two-run double down the right field line by Dave Paquette. It was the team-high fifth home run of the season for senior Galutz.
Senior Mike Zgorzelski started for Cortland and improved to 6-0 with the win. He allowed six hits, one walk and two runs in five-plus innings. Nick Serio allowed two hits, including Paquette’s two-run double, but junior Ryan Hooper retired the final two batters in the sixth and allowed only one walk in the seventh to register his third save of the season.
Merriweather and junior Sean Caughey — a former Galutz teammate at Cortland High — each finished 2-for-3 and Gardner was 2-for-4. Paquette ended 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead Oneonta.
Cortland 12, New Paltz 5: Sophomore George Jweid earned the victory in the opening game and is now 4-1. In five innings, Jweid allowed six hits and one walk, struck out five and gave up one run.
Junior Nick Baker turned in a solid relief effort, giving up just one hit and striking out two in two scoreless innings.
Merriweather finished 2-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBI, junior John Giametta Jr. hit a homer and drove in four runs and Gardner was 3-for-5 with an RBI for the Red Dragons. Cortland had 13 hits, including a Caughey double.
Cortland 4, New Paltz 0: All 12 of Tone’s strikeouts came in the first six innings, and he retired the first two batters in the seventh on a deep fly ball out and a groundout.
Cortland left fielder Coromato made a diving attempt for the game-ending catch on Buonamano’s double near the warning track but came up just short. Senior Jason Hauck replaced Tone and struck out the next batter to end the game.
Cortland never trailed after Steve Nickel and John Zilnicki (2-for-2) came up with two-out RBI singles in the second. Zaccardo smacked a two-run homer — his team high seventh of the season — in the fifth for insurance.



Lenhart surpasses 500 wins

This busy and successful weekend for the SUNY Cortland softball team finished with bit of history.
Head coach Julie Lenhart became the 16th softball coach in Division III history to reach 500 career wins as the Red Dragons swept a pair of games from SUNYIT 8-1 and 11-0 Sunday afternoon at Dragon Field.
Lenhart now has a career record of 501-252-1 in 18 seasons, including a 120-77 mark in five years at Wisconsin-Platteville and a 381-175-1 record in 13 campaigns at Cortland.
The Red Dragons have now won 14 straight games and improved to 23-7 overall and 12-0 in the SUNYAC.
Cortland had opened the weekend with a similar sweep on Saturday, taking care of Oneonta 9-1 in six innings and 12-0 over 5 innings in games shortened by the eight-run mercy rule.
Junior Shara Evanter and junior Annemarie Nelson combined to hit five home runs off Oneonta pitching in those two victories.
Cortland 8, SUNYIT 1: Freshman pitcher Maria Carucci earned her first collegiate win with four innings of relief work for the Red Dragons. She allowed three hits and one run after taking over for senior starter Ang D’Amboise, who pitched two scoreless innings to open the game.
Cortland 11, SUNYIT 0, 5 innings: Red Dragon junior Tina Milani went 2-for-2 with three RBI, Nelson hit a two-run homer, senior Kate Yaun knocked in two runs and freshman Emily Ringen belted her first career home run.
Cortland 9, Oneonta 1, 6 innings: Evanter homered twice in the opening game and once in the nightcap, while Nelson also cleared the fence.
Cortland 12, Oneonta 0, 5 innings: Evanter picked up where she left off in the second game, ripping a two-run homer in the first inning that gave Cortland a 3-0 lead. Fredericks singled in two runs later in the inning.




Siddeeq dashes to pair of firsts

SUNY Cortland junior Amaan Siddeeq won both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dashes at the Cortland Track and Field Classic on Saturday.
The Red Dragon men took first place in five events at the meet held at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex, which did not feature team scoring.
Siddeeq’s times in the 100-meter dash (10.65) and the 200-meter dash (21.38) were both NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying marks. Sophomore Matt Bieringer finished second behind Siddeeq in both events and qualified for the ECAC Championships in the 100m (11.02) and 200m (21.84). Junior J.J. Riese also qualified for the ECAC’s with his third place finish in the 200m dash (22.14).
Sophomore Jake Zanetti won the pole vault with a NCAA provisional height of 15-7. Freshman Willie Coston finished second in the high jump with a height of 6-2.75, which qualified him for the ECACs. Coston also qualified for the ECACs in the triple jump with a fourth-place finish (43- 0.25).
Other Cortland winners included the 4x100 relay team consisting of junior Kevin Ma, senior Andy Putman, Riese and Bieringer, with an ECAC-qualifying time of 42.28 seconds. Senior Rue Thompson won the 400m hurdles with an ECAC-qualifying time of 55.78 seconds and freshman Joe Keleher won the 110m hurdles with a time of 16.08 seconds.
FOR CORTLAND WOMEN, Sarah Kimball broke the school pole vault record for the second straight week. The sophomore from Liverpool took first place in the event with a height of 11- 8.5, which is also an NCAA Division III Championship provisional qualifying mark.
Cortland took first place in seven events at the Classic, with senior Senior Christina Acquaviva winning both the 400m run with an ECAC Championship qualifying time of 58.91 seconds and the 200m dash with an ECAC-qualifying time of 26.35 seconds.