May 18, 2012
Dragons off to 2-0 tourney start
Hurler Angelucci shuts down Misericordia
FARMINGDALE, L.I. — Ray Angelucci got the job done for SUNY Cortland on Thursday in the NCAA Division III baseball tournament.
The junior pitcher out of Commack kept Coach Joe Brown’s bullpen fresh for a push towards a regional title with a complete-game victory as the nationally second-ranked Red Dragons defeated 14th-ranked Misericordia 7-2 to remain unbeaten in post-season play.
Angelucci finished with a seven-hitter, struck out eight and issued no walks while improving to 11-1 on the season, tying the school record for single-season victories set by former Cortland pitcher Mike Howell in 2001.
More importantly, Cortland (37-7-1) is off to a 2-0 start in regional play and will meet second-seeded host Farmingdale State (31-10) at noon today in a vital winner’s bracket showdown. The winner of that contest will advance to the championship round Saturday at noon, while the loser will have to play again tonight at 7 p.m.
Misericordia (36-10) was eliminated from the six-team, double-elimination regional that will crown a champion on Saturday, the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III World Series being held May 25-29 at Appleton, Wisc.
Junior designated hitter Andrew Pezzuto finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored twice to lead the Cortland offense, which made the most of seven base hits. Matt Karabin started for Misericordia, allowing three hits three hits and three unearned runs in five innings, with five strikeouts and four walks.
The Cougars from Pennsylvania gave Karabin a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Mike Impellittiere led off with a single and went to third base on a wild pickoff throw by Angelucci. He scored two batters later on Jeff Slanovec’s bunt single. Slanovec finished the game 3-for-4.
Cortland took the lead for good with three runs in the fifth.
Bryan Mistretta singled and Matt June walked to get things going. Pezzuto then put down a sacrifice bunt and was safe on a throwing error. Mistretta and June both scored on the play and Pezzuto advanced to third.
John Adornetto then hit a ball to first base. Pezzuto broke for home and was safe on the play, with a wild throw allowing Adornetto to go to second. He eventually moved to third base but was stranded.
The Red Dragons recorded four of their seven hits in a four-run seventh inning.
June walked and scored on a Pezzuto triple down the right field line. Adornetto followed with an RBI single to right and Michael LaTempa reached on a bunt single. Two batters later, Max Rosing stroked an RBI single to center, and P.J. Rinaldi’s squeeze bunt plated LaTempa with the final run.
Misericordia tallied its last run in the seventh. Bubba Jasinski was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out Andrew Tressa single to center.
Adornetto finished 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs and June reached base three times on walks.
IN LACROSSE, the time for Sunday’s NCAA Division III semifinal game sending Tuft against SUNY Cortland if now official — those two teams to meet at 1 p.m. at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Cortland women are in the NCAA Division III Final Four being held at Montclair State in New Jersey this weekend, and will face Connecticut’s Trinity College in a 4 p.m. semifinal game on Saturday. The title contest is Sunday at the same site.
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