April 11, 2013


Red Dragons’ pitching shuts down Rochester

ROCHESTER — With four different pitchers allowing only three base hits, SUNY Cortland regained its winning baseball touch with an 11-3 victory over host Rochester under the lights at Towers Field on Wednesday night.
Starting pitcher Matt Holling and relievers Steven Kimmelman, Brandon McClain and Kyle Barkley struck out 13 batters as the nationally seventh-ranked Red Dragons improved to 19-8 on the season with the non-conference triumph.
All three runs scored by Rochester (7-13) were unearned.
Junior Kimmelman entered in relief in the third inning and earned the win when Cortland scored four runs in the top of the fourth to erase a 2-0 deficit. Kimmelman allowed one hit and one walk and struck out five in three and a third scoreless innings.
Holling pitched the first two innings and did not allow any hits. He walked one and struck out four, and was charged with two unearned runs when the two batters who reached on him in the third on a walk and error both scored.
McClain gave up two hits and one unearned run in 2-2/3 innings after he replaced Kimmelman. He struck out two and walked two. Barkley pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Mitch Hollander led Cortland’s 14-hit offensive attack by going 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored. Zack Graczyk and Michael DeCarr were each 2-for-5 as Rochester threw 10 pitchers in the game.
The Yellowjackets took the lead in the third on a Steve Eychner two-run single. Cortland responded with its four-run fourth inning that featured a Donny Castaldo RBI triple, a wild pitch that scored Castaldo, and run-producing singles by Hollander and Graczyk.
The Red Dragons added a pair of runs in the fifth on Castaldo’s sacrifice fly and an error on a ball hit by Hollander.
Rochester loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on an error, a walk and an Evan Janifer single. McClain struck out the next batter before issuing a walk to Sam Slutsky to force in a run. McClain escaped the jam with another strikeout.
Cortland scored three times in the eighth on a pair of wild pitches and a Chris Jackson RBI groundout and added two more in the ninth on a Hollander RBI double and a Keith Andrews fielder’s choice grounder.
Cortland will host SUNY Old Westbury in a non-league game at 3 p.m. Friday. Also, the location of Red Dragons’ game at Misericordia University Sunday has been moved to PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. — the home of the New York Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate. That game is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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