April 15, 2013


Brown gets win No. 500 at Cortland

MOOSIC, Pa. — When senior shortstop John Adornetto singled home the winning run in the top of the ninth inning on Sunday, SUNY Cortland head baseball coach Joe Brown was able to capture his 500th career victory.
The Red Dragons, ranked seventh nationally in Division III, nipped Misericordia University 2-1 in a non-league game played at PNC Field to give their coach his milestone triumph.
Brown’s record in 14 seasons as a head coach — all at Cortland — is 500-139-3 for an impressive .781 winning percentage. Cortland stands 21-8 this season after securing a third straight win.
The decisive Cortland rally against the Cougars (22-8) from Pennsylvania started with a Tim Panetta two-out walk. Pinch hitter Bryan Mistretta was hit by a pitch and Adornetto followed with a single to short left field to drive in Panetta.
Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the third when Adornetto singled with one out, stole second with two outs and scored on Max Rosing’s single up the middle.
The Cougars tied the game in the sixth on a squeeze bunt by Paul Shepherd.
Brandon Serio, Cortland’s freshman starter, allowed three hits and no runs in five innings. He struck out five and walked two. Junior Steven Kimmelman earned the win with 2-2/3 innings of one-hit relief that featured four strikeouts.
Junior Cody Petre earned his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He hit a batter with one out and, following a fielder’s choice, gave up a two-out single to Andrew Tressa, but struck out the next batter to end the game.
Adornetto finished 2-for-4 with a walk for the Red Dragons.
Cortland 2, La Roche 1: On Saturday in Pittsburgh, Cortland nipped La Roche 2-1 — with both runs scored in the top of the first inning.
Cortland finished with 13 hits, but only scored in the first inning on a two-out RBI double by Rosing and an RBI single by P.J. Rinaldi. Rosing finished 3-for-4, while junior Anthony Iacomini was 2-for-3.
Starting pitcher Mike Hughes (3-1) allowed seven hits and one run over the opening seven innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Senior Tyler Scott gave up only one hit and struck out two over the final two innings for his second save.


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