April 27, 2013
Barkley, Panetta keep Red Dragons red hot
FREDONIA — The pitching of senior Kyle Barkley and the hitting of junior catcher Tim Panetta carried SUNY Cortland to an 11th consecutive baseball victory on Friday afternoon.
While Barkley was allowing a lone run over six innings of work, Panetta was going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double to lead the Red Dragons to a 14-3 victory at Fredonia to begin a SUNY Athletic Conference weekend series.
First place Cortland — now 13-3 in the conference, 29-8 overall and ranked sixth nationally in Division III — will play a doubleheader at Fredonia starting at noon today. The Blue Devils (7-9 SUNYAC, 16-12 overall) will need a win — or one Oneonta loss in its twin bill against Brockport today — to clinch the fourth and final spot in next week’s conference tournament that Cortland will host.
Barkley improved to 6-1 with the victory, scattering six hits and striking out four. Panetta drove in three runs on the day as one of five Red Dragons with double-figure hits.
Cortland collected 16 hits in all against Fredonia pitching, as junior Anthony Iacomini went 2-for-3, junior P.J. Rinaldi 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, senior John Adornetto 2-for-4 and Zack Graczyk 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Ian Gallagher finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Conner Lorenzo was 2-for-2 with two walks for Fredonia.
Adornetto led off the game with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Rinaldi tripled in a run later in the first to put Cortland up 2-0. The Red Dragons scored five in the second, highlighted by Graczyk and Rinaldi RBI singles, and Panetta hit a two-run homer in the fifth to extend the lead to 9-0.
Fredonia scored on a fielder’s choice in the fifth , but Cortland put three runs on the board in the top of the sixth on back-to-back sacrifice flies by Max Rosing and Bryan Marotta and a Panetta RBI double. Conrad Ziemendorf doubled in a run in the seventh and Michael DeCarr drove in a run with a groundout in the ninth.
Fredonia’s final two runs came in the bottom of the eighth on a Gallagher two-run double.
After the Fredonia series, Cortland hosts Elmira in a non-conference doubleheader Sunday at 1 p.m. at Wallace Field and travels to face nationally-ranked Ithaca College Monday at 4 p.m.
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