April 16, 2013
HRs help Red Dragons split
PLATTSBURGH — The slugging of freshman Diane Cork and junior Alicia Hibbard prevented SUNY Cortland from being swept in softball Monday.
After defending conference champion Plattsburgh came up with a 6-1 opening game victory, Cork hit a grand slam home run and Hibbard connected on a pair of two-run homers as the Red Dragons took the second game 11-3 in six innings.
The split leaves the Red Dragons tied for second place in the SUNY Athletic Conference standings, Coach Julie Lenhart’s squad now 7-3 in conference play and 14-12 overall. Plattsburgh is 7-5 in league play, 17-11 overall.
Plattsburgh 6, Cortland 1: Plattsburgh pitcher Ashley Marshall struck out 10 batters and scattered seven hits in the opening game.
The only run Marshall allowed came when Cortland tied the game up at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning. Lucia Meola singled, was bunted to second by Hibbard, went to third on a Cassie Kardias single and scored on a Nicole Gallo groundout.
Kristine Gay finished 3-for-3 for the Cardinals, including run-scoring singles in the third and sixth innings. The Cardinals took the lead for good on Samantha Capobianco’s two-run double in the fourth and added three runs in the sixth.
Gallo was 2-for-3 and Cork went 2-for-4 for the Red Dragons. Amber Corrigan took the mound loss, allowing seven hits and striking out four in her five innings of work.
Cortland 11, Plattsburgh 3, 6 innings: While Cork and Hibbard were doing their damage at the plate, sophomore Sarah Salamone pitched a complete-game five-hitter and struck out three. Only two of the three Plattsburgh runs were earned.
Down 1-0 in the bottom after one inning, Cortland quickly responded with six runs in the top of the second. With one out, the Red Dragons loaded the bases on singles by Erin Wolstenholme and Courtney Kadish along with an error. Cork then hit a grand slam to give Cortland a 4-1 lead.
With two outs in the same frame, Meola walked and Hibbard hit a two-run round-tripper.
The lead grew to 8-1 with two runs in the third. Three of Cortland’s first four batters reached after being hit by pitches. A wild pitch then scored a run, and Cork followed with an RBI single.
A Brianna Clarke RBI single and an error on a steal attempt accounted for Plattsburgh’s final two runs in the bottom of the third. Cortland scored once in the fourth on a Kadish RBI single. In the sixth, Meola singled and Hibbard homered to create the eight-run margin that allowed the game to end early on the eight-run rule.
Cortland will play a non-league doubleheader at St. John Fisher this afternoon starting at 3 p.m.
TC3 Takes Two
UTICA — The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team picked up its first doubleheader sweep of the season Monday, taking 7-4 and 6-2 victories from host Mohawk Valley CC.
Pitcher Seneca Baldwin was the winner in game one for the Panthers (4-2 Region III, 5-12 overall), allowing four runs on six hits while striking out eight.
Taylor Policay out of Lansing led the TC3 attack with two doubles and two runs driving in. Sara Ford, Macey Morse and Angela Everhart each had a pair of hits in the opener.
Game two saw Ford in the circle, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four. Everhart had two more hits while driving in two in the nightcap. Chelsea Rosa, Molly Hitchcock, Katie Huston and Jena Baiguini contributed two hits apiece.
Mohawk Valley falls to 7-8 in Region III and 7-11 overall. TC3 plays at Broome CC in Binghamton Thursday.
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