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Red Dragon Roundup: Two rallies, two wins

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

SUNY Cortland’s Dan Schweitzer gets tagged out at second on a steal attempt by Danter Rose, of SUNY Poly, during Wednesday’s game on Robert Wallace Field. The Red Dragons rallied for a 5-3 win in their home opener.

Sean Getman hit a go-ahead three-run double as part of a four-run eighth inning Wednesday afternoon as the SUNY Cortland baseball team rallied to win its home opener 5-3 over SUNY Polytechnic.

The Red Dragons, ranked first nationally by the ABCA and second by D3baseball.com, improved to 17-3 with the win. Cortland is scheduled to host Brockport in a three-game series this Friday and Saturday, but weather may end up moving the Friday game to Sunday.

Down 3-1, Cortland started its comeback with a Jack Massa leadoff pinch-hit double. Patrick Schetter walked, and Justin Teague reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Getman then ripped a pinch-hit double to center. Massa scored easily, but Schetter stumbled around third and barely beat the throw to home standing up. During the play, Teague kept running from first and slid in to home only a second or two after Schetter crossed the plate for the go-ahead run. Pinch runner Joe Tardif moved to third on a Matt Michalski sacrifice bunt and scored on Colin BeVard’s RBI single up the middle.
The teams were scoreless until Cortland scored a run in the bottom of the sixth. Tyler Phillips walked and pinch runner Ralph Nuzzi stole second. Nuzzi then moved to third on a slow grounder to short, and he scored on a Teague sacrifice fly to left.

SUNY Poly (1-13) grabbed the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh. Ryan Wegner led off with a walk but was forced at second on a Josh Rodriguez fielder’s choice bunt. Connor Manderson hit a grounder to second, but an error during the throw to second put runners on first and second. With two outs, Rodriguez stole third, and Ray Smith hit an RBI single down the right field line to tie the score. Dante Rose followed with a two-run double to left center.

Mike Harrington earned the win as Cortland’s second reliever. He entered to start the top of the eighth and allowed one hit and no runs in two innings with one strikeout. Anthony Visconte started and gave up just one hit and two walks in five innings. He fanned five batters. Homer graduate Jake Casey allowed three unearned runs on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

SUNY Poly starter Sawyer Haney threw three scoreless innings with one hit, three walks and one strikeout. Dylan Jones gave up one run over the next three innings, and Drew Scharra suffered the loss after pitching the seventh and eighth innings.

BeVard finished 2-for-4 and Schetter walked twice to pace the Cortland offense. Rose was 1-for-3 with two RBI for the Wildcats, who ended with four hits.

MEN’S LACROSSE

SUNY Cortland 12, Ithaca 11, OT: Nate Beresovoy scored his third goal of the game with 2:53 into overtime Wednesday night to cap a furious comeback as the nationally ninth-ranked Red Dragons defeated the third-ranked Bombers at the Stadium Complex. The Red Dragons improved to 7-0 with the win, while the Bombers suffered their first loss and dropped to 8-1 as the teams played their fourth overtime game in the last five meetings.

Cortland trailed 10-3 at halftime but outscored Ithaca 8-1 margin in the second half to force the extra session. The hosts won the opening faceoff of overtime and called timeout, then worked more than 30 seconds off the clock before McNaney attempted a shot on the left side that was blocked with possession going to the Bombers. Ithaca cleared the ball but turned it over after a timeout. Cortland gained possession and worked a good clear to set up Beresovoy’s game-winner. Working the ball around, Beresovoy eventually ended up with it on the left side of the cage and bounced a quick shot between Itthaca goalie Jack Deragon’s legs to complete the comeback.

Sophomore Joey Panariello led Cortland with four goals, including the game-tying tally with 3:17 left in regulation, and one assist. Junior Thomas McNaney netted three goals and added an assist. Senior T.J. deLyra scored twice, junior Devin Phelps recorded three assists, and sophomore Dean Riley from Homer chipped in with an assist.

Junior goalie Joe Scalise registered 12 saves for the Red Dragons. Junior Trevor Pratt caused five turnovers and collected three ground balls. Senior Mike Hart scooped up five ground balls, McNaney and Phelps each secured four ground balls and deLyra and senior Anthony Zangari had three ground balls each.

Senior John Januszkiewicz led the Bombers with three goals and one assist. Junior Jake Cotton tallied two goals and two assists. Sophomore Will Witter scored a pair of goals, senior Jack Shumway and sophomore Conner Crosson each contributed one goal and one assist, and junior Kaelan Fitzpatrick and sophomore Josh Della Puca scored one goal apiece. Deragon, a senior, made 13 saves.

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