March 11, 2014
Late rally by Dragons helps salvage the day
AUBURNDALE, Fla. — On the verge of dropping a second straight softball outing on Monday, SUNY Cortland pulled off a seventh inning rally to save the day at the Rebel Spring Games.
Alicia Hibbard’s three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning as the nationally fourth-ranked Red Dragons came back to defeat Simpson College of Iowa 6-4.
Earlier in the day, the Red Dragons (3-1) fell 3-0 to second-ranked Montclair State as Red Hawk pitcher Alex Hill threw a two-hit shutout featuring 11 strikeouts.
Montclair State 3, Cortland 0: Hill, a first-team All-American last season, improved to 3-0 on the season. Montclair is now 4-0 and has not allowed a run as Hill allowed five baserunners. She gave up two hits, a walk and two hit batters, but only two Red Dragons reached second base.
Hibbard doubled to lead off the second before Hill registered a pop-up and two strikeouts. Alexandrea Flint was hit by a pitch to start the sixth and moved to second on a Jamie Bucci one-out single. A strikeout and a fielder’s choice ended that threat.
Montclair took the lead with two runs in the top of the first. Brooke Powers led off with a single and scored on a two-out double by Melissa Rustemeyer. Melany Zeller then reached on a fielding error, and a throwing error on the same play allowed Rustemeyer to score on a close play at the plate.
The Red Hawks added an insurance run in the sixth. Powers and Guillen singled, although Powers was thrown out at third on a delayed steal attempt. Dana Amato reached on an error to move Guillen to third and Rustemeyer singled up the middle to drive in the run. Rustemeyer finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and Powers was 2-for-3.
Starting pitcher Amber Corrigan went four innings for Cortland and allowed three hits and two runs, one earned, in four innings. Jamie Lachall threw the final three innings and gave up three hits, one walk and one unearned run.
Cortland 6, Simpson 4: Cortland trailed 4-1 and had only four hits entering the top of the seventh inning against Simpson’s Abbie Van Vleet.
With one out, Makaylee Dowd singled to center and Diane Cork singled through the left side. Pinch hitter Carrie Stoddard singled up the middle to drive in Dowd, and on the throw home Cork took third and Stoddard went to second.
Meaghan Kohler singled to center to plate Cork and draw Cortland within 4-3. Hibbard then smashed the first pitch she saw over the fence in center for a three-run homer and a 6-4 lead.
Lachall, who entered in relief in the fifth, retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh and earned her second win of the season.
Erin Wolstenholme and Cork each finished 2-for-4 for the Red Dragons, who faced both Catholic University and Muskingum this morning.
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