Dragons’ top seed secured in sweep
ONEONTA — All SUNY Cortland needed was a single softball win this weekend to wrap up the regular season title.
The Red Dragons got that accomplished and more Friday, capturing 9-7 and 9-5 wins over host Oneonta to earn the right to host the six-team SUNY Athletic Conference playoffs that are scheduled to start this coming Thursday.
The second game was called due to darkness with Cortland batting in the top of the seventh after scoring twice, and those stats count since they didn’t affect which team won the game.
Now 15-1 in the conference and 29-9 overall, Cortland concludes the regular season with a doubleheader today at New Paltz that got underway at noon.
Cortland 9, Oneonta 7: Cortland scored four times in the top of the sixth to take a 9-4 lead, then held on as Oneonta scored three times in the bottom of the seventh and had the potential winning run at the plate.
The teams combined for 28 hits — 16 for Cortland and 12 for Oneonta. Jamie Bucci and Niki Barbato each finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Bucci had a double and also drew a walk, while Barbato tripled and doubled to finish a homer shy of hitting for the cycle.