May 4 , 2007


Dragons’ win streak ends with second day setback


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
SUNY Cortland’s Nicole Fredericks bobbles a foul ball pop-up in the third inning of Thursday’s playoff game against New Paltz, as teammate Stefanie Cola gets out of the way.

This was not that playoff start SUNY Cortland was hoping for, as a 23-game winning softball streak was ended this morning.
The top-seeded Red Dragons blanked New Paltz 8-0 to get the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament underway Thursday morning at Dragon Field.
But this morning against Buffalo State, Cortland was beaten 5-1.
Though Cortland scored first when Amanda Barnett singled and eventually scored on a double steal in the third inning, Buffalo State got that run back on an Aimee Fisher solo home run.
And with two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the fifth, the Bengals erupted for four runs started by a two-run homer off the bat of Laurie Hutten. Cortland (32-8) was held to four hits in the loss.
On Thursday, senior pitcher Ang D’Amboise tossed a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the first of four games played in this double-elimination gathering of six schools. Senior Kate Yaun finished 3-for-3 with a triple and double and junior Shara Evanter was 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Cortland will return to action at_3 p.m. this afternoon against an opponent to be determined.
Other opening day outings had Plattsburgh top Geneseo 5-3 while Brockport came from behind to beat Buffalo State 12-10 on a Rachel Maxon grand slam seventh inning home run. In the first elimination contest of the tournament, Geneseo sent New Paltz home with a 16-6 victory.
Cortland 8, New Paltz 0: Yaun’s run-scoring single in the second inning gave Cortland a 1-0 lead. Blythe Beecher reached on an error to lead off the inning and pinch-runner Kelsey Curran went to second on a Crystal Carlson sacrifice bunt. Curran tagged and went to third on a flyout and scored when Yaun’s hit dropped in front of the left fielder.
Yaun also tripled in the fifth and scored on a Jamie Neuner single in a five-run fifth inning and doubled and scored on an RBI double by junior Tina Milani in the sixth.
Milani was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Evanter’s RBI single plated Milani and ended the game due to the eight-run rule. Evanter also had an RBI single in the fifth inning.
Neuner pushed her hitting streak to 15 games with her fifth-inning single.
New Paltz’s lone threat came in the fourth when Dale Cornelius doubled with two outs and went to third on a single through the left side by Melyssa Cilmi. D’Amboise struck out the next batter to preserve a 1-0 lead at the time.
Plattsburgh 5, Geneseo 3: Defending champion and second seed Plattsburgh (29-10) made the most of just three hits to get past Geneseo. Reliever Jaclyn Leitze picked up the win after coming on in the fifth inning.
Shannon Conners, Amy Wood and Jennifer Nescio had the lone hits for Plattsburgh. Geneseo (18-19) got seven hits, including doubles by Audrey Kuhn and Sara Weisenborn.
Brockport 12, Buffalo State 10: Fourth seed Brockport gave up seven runs in the bottom of the first against third seed Buffalo State before staging a remarkable comeback.
Six runs in the top of the seventh inning would put the Golden Eagles (28-11) ahead to stay, capped by Maxon’s grand slam home run. That was her second roundtripper of the game, as Kalie Peters and Maxon hit back-to-back homers in a five-run fifth inning.
Sarah Wlodarczyk and Lindsay Szymanski also homered for Brockport, while Fisher went deep for Buffalo State (25-10).
Geneseo 16, New Paltz 6: Geneseo (19-19) broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to pull away from New Paltz (17-21). Christina Marinucci and Kuhn smacked home runs for Geneseo, while Elizabeth May and Lauren Motzkin homered for New Paltz.




TC3 softball rolling in league

WATERTOWN — It was a good trip north for Tompkins Cortland Community College as the softball team swept a doubleheader from Jefferson Community College on Thursday.
The Panthers remained perfect in Mid-State Athletic Conference play by winning the opener 11-3 before taking game two 10-1. TC3 is now 17-12 overall, 14-5 in Region III, and 6-0 in the Mid-State Athletic Conference while Jefferson is 5-12 overall and 2-9 in Region III and 2-4 in MSAC.
TC3 can close out a perfect conference season Saturday at Onondaga CC.
In the opener, the Panthers used a four-run fifth inning to break open a close game. Pitcher Brittney Wilson earned the win, striking out 12 over seven innings. Niki Rieman went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBIs. Amber Coulthart and Samantha Lafer each collected three hits and an RBI, with Coulthart adding a stolen base.
Rieman was the winning pitcher in the mercy-rule shortened game two, striking out seven in five innings.
Lafer and Coulthart again had big games. Lafer went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs and Coulthart was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base. Bethany went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
Cortland High graduate Rose Dovi finished the day with four RBIs, giving her 30 for the season, which sets a new TC3 season record, breaking the standard set in 2004 by Ashley Woodin.
IN BASEBALL, TC3 earned its second straight doubleheader split, taking the opener against Jefferson 6-1 before dropping the nightcap 7-2.
TC3 is now 5-16 overall, 5-9 in Region III and 4-4 in the MSAC. Jefferson stands at 12-10 overall, 9-4 in Region III, and 4-2 in the MSAC.




McGraw beaten by Madison rally

Visiting Madison scored three runs in each of the last two inning Thursday for a come-from-behind 9-7 Central Counties League baseball victory over McGraw CEntral.
In CCL softball, Madison downed McGraw 12-1 while Tully scored a 6-5 non-league victory over Cincinnatus.
Madison 9, McGraw 7: The Blue Devils trailed 6-3 after five innings before mounting their rally, which dropped the Eagles, who stranded the tying run at second in the bottom of the seventh, to 1-3 in league play and 2-3 overall.
Brad MacLean (two runs, two RBIs), Steve Elwood (two RBIs), Tyler Stiles (run) and Tyler Rolewicz (run) all went 2-for-4 for the winners. Starter Josh Hempstead gave up one earned run and fanned seven in 5 1/3 innings of work, and MacLean took the loss in relief.
Madison 12, McGraw 1: Amanda Slowik threw a three-hitter with four strikeouts for the mound win, backed up by a 22-hit Blue Devil attack.
Tory Finton doubled and scored a run for the Eagles, now 3-4 in league play and 3-6 overall. Diane Ralyea and Heather Rogers had the other McGraw hits.
Caitlyn Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for Madison (4-2 league), while Shannon Bean (triple, two RBIs, two runs) and Ashley Tallman (two RBIs, two runs) both went 3-for-5 for Madison.
The McGraw softball team has the same four away games on the same days as the baseball team next week.
Tully 6, Cincinnatus 5, nl: Jen Collis went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI and Rachel Smith doubled and drove in a run as Tully dropped the Red Lions to 5-5 overall.
Kara-Beth Eaton went 3-for-4 and scored a run for Cincy, while Michelle McUmber (two RBIs),
Jolene Eaton (run) and
Sam Shepard (run) all went 2-for-4.