April 27, 2011


Dragons defense shines as win streak hits seven

La PLUME, Pa. — Supported by defense that turned three double plays, starting pitcher Mike Assmann registered a complete-game victory as SUNY Cortland picked up its seventh straight baseball victory beating host Keystone College 6-1 on Tuesday.
Assmann, a senior left-hander out of Auburn, scattered nine hits, struck out one and walked one as the 11th nationally-ranked Red Dragons improved to 27-6 on the season.
Cortland collected 15 hits off three different Keystone pitchers, sophomore Chris Jackson going 3-for-4 and senior Dan Kaplan 3-for-5. Jackson doubled and drove in two runs, while Kaplan also finished with a pair of RBIs.
Junior first baseman Nick Thode reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances with two singles, two walks and a hit-by-pitch. Sophomore John Adornetto was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored and junior Matt June finished 2-for-5.
Keystone (20-10) had Estaban Meletiche, Andrew Siano and Andy Vega all wind up 2-for-3 for the hosts.
The Giants (20-10) trailed from the start, as Cortland came up with three runs in the top of the first to grab the lead for keeps.
Sophomore Zack Graczyk reached on a one-out infield single, took second on a passed ball and scored on an Adornetto single to center. Adornetto went to second on the play, Thode walked and Jackson and Kaplan hit back-to-back RBI singles to left.
Keystone scored its run off Assmann in the bottom of the second. Vega doubled with one out and scored on a Gabe Torres single to right center. A Brian Del Rosso single and a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third, but Assmann got the next batter to ground out to the end the inning.
The game remained 3-1 until the top of the eighth. Thode singled and Jackson doubled, but Thode was thrown out at home trying to score. Jackson went to third on the throw and scored on a Kaplan single to put Cortland up 4-1.
The Red Dragons tacked on two runs in the ninth. June led off with a single and was bunted to second by Graczyk. Adornetto hit an RBI double and, after Thode was hit by a pitch, scored on Jackson’s single to right center.
Of Cortland’s three double plays, one came in the bottom of the eighth with no outs and Keystone runners on first and second. The last twin killing ended the game with one on in the ninth.
Cortland will host the University of Rochester in a non-league game this afternoon, a 4 p.m. Wallace Field start.


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