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Dragons sweep in baseball, softball

Jeff Cooke allowed three hits over six scoreless innings as nationally sixth-ranked Cortland defeated Oneonta 5-0 Sunday in the first game of a SUNYAC doubleheader. The Red Dragons (22-5, 7-2 SUNYAC) completed a sweep of the visitors with a 13-1 win in the second game behind a 17-hit attack.

Cooke improved to 5-2 with his performance in the seven-inning opener. He struck out four and walked one. Andrew Barnes retired the side in order in the seventh with one strikeout to complete the shutout.

Justin Teague and Jack Massa had RBI singles as the winners scored four runs in the fifth, amd Matt Michaslki singled home the final run of the game in the sixth.

Cooke faced only two batters over the minimum as he picked off two runners, and a third was caught stealing. Mickey Mullins finished 1-for-2 with a walk for Oneonta.

Mike Harrington earned the win in relief of Patrick Merryweather in the second game. Harrington, now 4-1, entered with one out in the fourth and a runner on and induced an inning-ending double play grounder. He retired the side in order in the sixth and gave up only a two-out single in the seventh. Merryweather went four and a third innings and allowed only one hit and one run with five strikeouts, but did walk four batters. Billy Goncalves allowed one hit and fanned one in a scoreless eighth inning, and Homer graduate Jake Casey struck out two batters and permitted just one runner on a hit batsman in the ninth.

Steven Figueroa went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, RBI and two runs scored and Paul Dondero finished 2-for-2 with sac fly, RBI and two runs. Teague and Colin BeVard each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Oneonta starter Thomas Bond allowed eight runs, five earned, over five and a third innings. He gave up nine hits and two walks and struck out four. Dalton Beatty went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Donald Geloso and LJ Gizzarelli each were 1-for-3 as Oneonta (9-10, 2-6 SUNYAC) was limited to three hits.

On Saturday, Tyler Phillips and Jack Massa each homered and finished with three hits and Patrick Schetter went 4-for-5 as Cortland won 8-3 in the opening game of the three-game weekend series, reaching the 20-win moark for the 28th consecutive season.

Alex Weingarten improved to 5-1 with six innings of four-hit ball. He allowed two runs, struck out seven, and walked none. He retired the first nine batters he faced, extending his streak of consecutive outs recorded to 23, before allowing a Brandon Torres leadoff double in the fourth. Homer graduate Payten Boice went the final three innings for his third save of the spring. He permitted just one hit and one unearned run and fanned two.

Phillips finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI and Massa was 3-for-5 with a homer and RBI. Schetter singled in each of his first four at-bats before grounding out in the eighth. Nate Budge was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, Paul Dondero finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Steven Figueroa reached base three times on a single and two walks.

SOFTBALL

Jamie Lachall pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout and Andrea Schoonmaker went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead SUNY Cortland to a 4-0 victory over Oswego in the first game of a SUNYAC doubleheader Sunday. Alexandrea Flint and Sam Van Dorn combined for a five-hit shutout as the Red Dragons (16-6, 6-0 SUNYAC) swept the Lakers (4-12, 0-2 SUNYAC) with a 2-0 triumph in the second game.

Cortland will host St. John Fisher in a non-conference doubleheader that was moved from Tuesday to Monday, with a scheduled first pitch for 3 p.m.

Lachall improved to 6-2 after allowing two hits and no walks with four strikeouts in the first game. Victoria Brown and Rosie Phillips each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Melissa Mulvaney went 1-2 for Oswego, while Rebecca Vilchez dropped to 2-4 on the season.

The Red Dragons scored both runs in the second inning. In six innings, Flint allowed five hits with no walks and struck four to earn her fifth win on the year. Van Dorn notched her second save of the season after pitching a hitless seventh inning. Kelly O’Gorman went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Skyler Hoyt and Schoonmaker each went 1-for-3.

The Lakers outhit Cortland 5-3, but stranded a runner on second base in three different innings. Jessica Roe permitted two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with one strikeout. Ashley Lyman was 2-for-3.

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