Dragons denied by Trinity
GRAND CHUTE, Wisc. — Trinity University out of Texas proved to be the undoing of SUNY Cortland, as the Red Dragons were unable to repeat as NCAA Division III World Series baseball champions.
Cortland lost to Trinity for the second time in Pool A play at Fox Cities Stadium on Monday afternoon. In a game that was deadlocked at 2-2, the Tigers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pull away to post a 5-2 victory.
The Red Dragons tried to mount a two-out rally in the ninth, only to have the game end with a base-runner being thrown out at the plate.
After pinch-hitter Keith Andrews kept the season alive drawing a two-out walk, third baseman Steven Figueroa followed double down the line in left. But a relay from left fielder Jeremy Wolf to third baseman Carter McEachern to catcher Drew Butler nabbed Andrews trying to score to end the game.
“I would hold my players accountable for a two-strike hanging breaking ball or popping up with the infield in, so I have to hold myself accountable for that decision at the end of the game,” said emotional head coach Joe Brown, who also serves as the third base coach when Cortland is at bat.