March 13, 2013
Newly ranked No. 1 Dragons nipped
LEESBURG, Fla. — A change of venue, a later starting time, a new No. 1 ranking and the end of a seven-game winning streak.
That summed up SUNY Cortland’s baseball day in Florida, where the Red Dragons lost to Spalding University out of Kentucky 5-4 on Tuesday night.
After rain postponed the start of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational outing scheduled to be played in Auburndale at 11 a.m., Cortland faced this Division III foe out of Louisville in a night-time start in the town of Leesburg.
Spaulding (9-1) overcame a 4-1 deficit with two-run rallies in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings to put an end to the Red Dragons’ seven-game winning streak. That came right after Cortland (8-2) had been ranked No. 1 in the latest D3baseball.com national poll released earlier in the day.
No statistics from last night’s contest were available as of this morning.
Cortland has today off and is scheduled to face Franklin & Marshall Thursday at 11 a.m. in Auburndale.
l Max Rosing, Cortland’s junior first baseman, was named the SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Week and earned a spot on the D3baseball.com national “Team of the Week,” which consists of the top players for the week, by position, among all Division III schools.
In two wins this past Sunday, Rosing went a combined 8-for-10 with a homer, four doubles, a walk, eight RBI and five runs scored. He finished 5-for-6 with a grand slam, three doubles, a walk, seven RBI and three runs in a 20-0 win over FDU-Florham and was 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs in an 8-5 come-from-behind win over RPI.
l SUNY Cortland lacrosse teams have two crucial contests slated for today, both games showdowns of nationally-ranked Division III squads.
The No. 1 ranked Cortland men’s squad is off to a 3-0 start and will take on fourth-ranked Stevens Tech (5-0) at 6 p.m this evening in a rematch of last year’s NCAA second round tournament match-up won by Cortland 10-9. That game is being played at Virginia Beach, Va.
Third-ranked Cortland women are also off to a 3-0 start and will face second-ranked Salisbury (4-0) at noon today at a neutral site in Lancaster, Pa. Salisbury beat 12-11 Cortland a year ago, the Red Dragons’ lone regular season setback.
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