Colin BeVard hit a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift nationally fifth-ranked Cortland past 14th-ranked Oswego 5-3 in a SUNYAC contest at Wallace Field. Sunday.
Cortland improved to 29-7 overall and finished its SUNYAC regular-season schedule with a 14-4 league mark. Oswego is 23-8 overall and leads the league with a 12-3 record. For Cortland to earn the top seed in the league and host the conference tournament, Oswego needs to lose two of its final three league games next weekend against visiting Oneonta, and Brockport (10-4 SUNYAC) has to lose one of its final four conference games. Oswego took a doubleheader from the Red Dragons Saturday 8-5 and 5-3.
The two starting pitchers – Cortland’s Patrick Merryweather and Oswego’s Robert Donnelly – each received no-decisions despite solid outings. Merryweather allowed nine hits and three runs over eight innings with seven strikeouts and two walks, while Donnelly gave up nine hits and three runs, two earned, with one walk and three strikeouts in nine innings. Michael DeCarlo earned the win with three innings of hitless relief. He fanned one batter. DeCarlo entered in the ninth with the bases loaded and no outs and allowed the two sacrifice flyouts.
Steven Figueroa and Matthew Personius each finished 2-for-4 and BeVard was 2-for-5 with the homer and two RBI. For Oswego, Kyle Dinges went 2-for-4 and Eric Hamilton was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
On Saturday, Oswego hit four home runs in the opening nine-inning game and scored five unanswered runs over the final two innings in the seven-inning nightcap for SUNYAC doubleheader sweep.
Oswego 8, Cortland 5: Justin Teague finished 3-for-5, Patrick Schetter was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Massa went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Steven Figueroa finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Cortland registered 11 hits but left eight on base.
Jeff Cooke started and took the loss with five innings of six-hit ball. He gave up six runs, three earned, with four strikeouts and no walks.
Oswego 5, Cortland 3: Cortland starter Alex Weingarten allowed two hits and no runs with four strikeouts over two and two thirds innings before leaving with an apparent injury. Mike Harrington gave up two unearned runs on two hits over three innings. Paul Dondero was 2-for-4 at the plate and Nate Budge went 1-for-2 with a walk and RBI. The teams combined to commit nine errors, including five by Oswego.
Cortland, ranked 18th nationally in Division III, improved to 24-8 overall and 13-1 in league play by wuinning three of four games over the weekend. The Red Dragons have swept the only two teams still able to catch them in the standings, Oswego and Plattsburgh (both 9-5 in league play) and will host the SUNYAC tournament for the third straight year May 4-7.
New Paltz 6, Cortland 1: Jamie Lachall threw the first five innings and gave up six runs, two earned, on six hits in Saturday’s opener. She struck out five and walked none. Sam Van Dorn gave up one hit and one walk and fanned two in two scoreless innings of relief.
Andrea Schoonmaker finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Ericka Sadowski was 1-for-2 with a walk for the Red Dragons.
Cortland 16, New Paltz 0 (5 inn.): Cortland smashed 14 hits and Alexandrea Flint threw a two-hit shutout with two strikeouts and three walks in the second game, which was called after the top of the fifth due to the eight-run rule.
Niki Barbato finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, while Rosie Phillips and Sadowski each went 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Phillips also reached via a walk. Stephanie Tirone was 1-for-2 with two RBI and Schoonmaker finished with two RBI and two runs scored.
Cortland 4, Oneonta 1: Jamie Lachall earned the win in Sunday’s first game as she scattered eight hits over seven innings. She struck out two and walked one. She worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first when she got a grounder to first that resulted in a force at home, followed by a strikeout.
Cortland 4, Oneonta 3: Alexandrea Flint pitched the first five innings for the win. She allowed seven hits and two runs with two strikeouts and no walks. Sam Van Dorn threw the final two innings for her third save of the season. She retired the side in order in the sixth, but got into some trouble in the seventh.
Kelly O’Gorman finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Rosie Phillips was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Mikayla Shade went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Cortland.