March 30, 2013
Homer barrage gives Red Dragons split
OSWEGO — The SUNY Cortland softball team tied a school single-game record with five home runs, including a school record-breaking four consecutive homers in a six-run third inning, as the Red Dragons defeated Oswego 8-0 Friday in the second game of a SUNYAC doubleheader. Oswego won the opener 4-2 to snap Cortland’s 36-game win streak over the Lakers.
Cortland (7-9 overall) and Oswego (4-8 overall) were playing their first SUNYAC games of the season. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played in Cortland, but was moved to due poor field conditions.
Oswego 4, Cortland 2: Oswego had lost its last 36 meetings against Cortland – 30 straight from 1999-2012 plus six in a row from 1989-91. The Lakers’ last win over the Red Dragons was a 10-9 decision at Cortland on April 25, 1987, when they rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Oswego, batting first despite being at home since Cortland was the originally scheduled host, scored three unearned runs in the top of the first inning. An error allowed the first run to score and, two batters later, Nicole Ouellette hit a two-run single. Ouellette finished 2-for-3. Cortland answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Diane Cork led off with a home run before freshman Jamie Bucci singled and eventually scored on a passed ball. The Red Dragons loaded the bases with one out, but a lineout double play ended the inning.
Cortland left a runner stranded on second in the third inning, but otherwise never really threatened again. The Lakers picked up an insurance run in the sixth on a Katie Bredin infield single, two walks and a wild pitch.
Alexis Nasca entered in relief in the first inning and earned the win for the Lakers. She gave up four hits, two walks and no runs in six and two-thirds innings. Sarah Salamone pitched five innings for Cortland and gave up four runs, one earned. She struck out five, walked three and allowed four hits. Amber Corrigan allowed only one walk and a hit batter in two innings out of the bullpen.
Cork finished 2-for-3 with a walk and Bucci was 2-for-4 as Cortland outhit the Lakers, 7-4.
Cortland 8, Oswego 0 (5 inn.): Corrigan and relievers Krista Oakes and Tiffany Sampere combined on a two-hit shutout as the game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule. Corrigan allowed two hits and a walk and struck out six. Oakes walked one batter in an inning and a third and Sampere retired both batters she faced, one by strikeout.
Lucia Meola hit the first of Cortland’s five round-trippers to give the Red Dragons a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. In the third, Meola singled in a run with two outs, then the home run parade began. Junior Alicia Hibbard hit a two-run homer to center, followed by solo shots by senior Nicole Gallo, sophomore Erin Wolstenholme and freshman Carrie Stoddard. Cortland’s five homers ties the school single-game mark set April 27, 2002 versus Fredonia.
The Red Dragons picked up their eighth run and set up the game’s early conclusion when Meola reached on an error with two outs in the fourth and scored on a Hibbard RBI single. Hibbard finished 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI and Meola was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
Nasca took the loss with five runs allowed, although only one was earned since there was an error earlier in the third inning three batters prior to the string of homers.
Cortland will host Ithaca College in a non-league doubleheader Tuesday starting at 3 p.m.
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