May 1, 2010
Ringen homers cap off Dragons' sweep
Senior Emily Ringen became only the sixth SUNY Cortland hitter to drive in 100 career runs while finishing off a softball sweep of visiting Plattsburgh on Friday afternoon.
After Cortland captured the opener 3-1 at Dragon Field, Ringen belted a pair of home runs — including a game-ending three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth — in an 8-0 second game romp called due to the eight-run rule.
Ringen’s plate performance helped the Red Dragons remain unbeaten in the SUNY Athletic Conference with a perfect 16-0 slate. Coach Julie Lenhart’s squad sits 32-6 overall, is ranked eighth nationally in Division III and will be the top-seeded hosts for the conference playoffs that get underway this coming Thursday.
Cortland closes out the regular season hosting Potsdam this afternoon, a 1 p.m. Dragon Field start.
Cortland 3, Plattsburgh 1: Senior pitcher Katie Finch allowed only two hits and two walks over seven innings for her 19th win in 21 decisions. She struck out seven batters.
Plattsburgh (8-7 SUNYAC, 19-14 overall) did grab a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Katie McNally’s solo homer down the left field line. The Cardinals’ other hit was an Ashley Napear single in the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Cortland responded to falling behind, starting with Brooke Weidman leading off with a walk. Jackie Begnoche reached on a bunt single while trying to sacrifice Weidman to second, and Donnalyn Cross walked to load the bases.
Meola singled to right to drive in two runs, then intentionally got into a rundown between first and second. Plattsburgh eventually got Meola out, but Cross scored during the rundown to give Cortland a 3-1 lead.
Heather Loughran took the loss for Plattsburgh.
Cortland 8, Plattsburgh 0: Sophomore Lyndsay Rowell pitched a shutout in the second game and is 13-4 on the season. She gave up five hits and one walk and struck out five over six innings.
Ringen finished 2-for-3 with an intentional walk, four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Jessica Harman went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI and sophomore Kayla Lynch was 2-for-3 and drove home a run.
Ringen broke a scoreless tie with a one-out solo homer in the fourth. Lynch followed with a single and scored on a Harman RBI triple. The Red Dragons added three in the fifth, those runs scored on Lucia Meola’s bunt single, a Lynch base hit and a Harman ground ball to second that was misplayed with one out.
In the sixth, Cross singled with two outs and stole second, and Meola walked. Ringen then hit her second home run of the game to end the contest.
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