November 27, 2021

Red Dragons softball wins

The SUNY Cortland softball team earned its first victory of the season Monday afternoon, scoring four runs in the top of the fifth and defeating Wheaton College (Mass.), 4-1, to salvage a split of two contests at the Rebel Spring Games softball tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. Earlier in the day the Red Dragons allowed six runs in the first inning in an 8-3 loss to Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.).

The SUNY Cortland baseball team, meanwhile, shaded Stevenson (Md.) 5-4.

Alexandrea Flint allowed one run over seven innings against Wheaton to even her record at 1-1 on the year. She scattered seven hits, walked three and struck out three. Wheaton’s Allison Cox took the loss with four innings of six-hit ball. Two of the four runs she permitted were unearned.

Cortland started its four-run fifth when Rosie Phillips reached on an error. Andrea Schoonmaker put down a sacrifice bunt, and a wild throw on the play allowed Phillips to advance to third and Schoonmaker to second. Kelly O’Gorman followed with a two-run single to right center to give the Red Dragons the lead. Mikayla Shade walked, and Kaleigh Churchill and Victoria Brown hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Cortland up 4-1. Wheaton avoided further damage when, with the bases loaded, it induced a pop-up and a double play grounder.

Wheaton came close to tying the game in the bottom of the seventh. Lily Ongkiko singled with one out. After a fielder’s choice forceout for the second out, Rebecca Seifert walked to bring the potential tying run to the plate. Caroline Fairbanks hit a deep fly ball to center that O’Gorman caught near the warning track to end the game.

Shade finished 2-for-3 with a walk and double for Cortland, while Churchill and Victoria Brown were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Stephanie Tirone went 1-for-2 with a walk. For Wheaton (2-4), Ongkiko and Carly Venditti each ended 2-for-3, Mary DeMoura was 2-for-4, and Seifert registered two walks and two sac bunts.

In the first game, Gustavus Adolphus sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times in the top of the first to take a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Schoonmaker finished 2-for-4 for the Red Dragons and O’Gorman was 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI for the Red Dragons. Hannah Thornhill ended 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
Jamie Lachall entered in relief of starter Sam Van Dorn in the first inning and pitched the final six and two thirds innings. She allowed six hits and two runs, one earned, with three walks and six strikeouts. Van Dorn suffered the loss with six runs allowed, three earned, in a third of an inning.

Jena Willis finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, Caitlin Kammerer went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Emily Carlson finished 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored for Gustavus Adolphus. Hannah Heacox allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings for the win. She struck out six and walked five.

Cortland (1-3) is off today and will return to action Wednesday with games against Hamilton and Westminster (Pa.).

Patrick Schetter hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the nationally third-ranked Red Dragons (10-2) to victory. Stevenson dropped to 5-6.
Schetter was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Cortland. Steven Figueroa went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks and Colin BeVard was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Andrew Barnes was the fifth and final pitcher for the Red Dragons. He earned the win after pitching the last two outs in the ninth, which included a strikeout with two outs and a runner on second. Anthony Visconte pitched the opening two and a third innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits, four walks and struck out five. Three other relievers pitched before Barnes entered the game, with Eric Sandusky being the most effective. Sandusky gave up just one hit in two and two-thirds innings and fanned two batters.

Matt Phillips took the loss for Stevenson. In two and two-thirds, he allowed one run, a hit and walked one. John D’Aquanno led the Mustangs with two hits and a walk.

With the score tied 4-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, Billy Kozak reached base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Phillips. Figueroa was intentionally walked, leaving runners on first and second with one out. After a Cortland pop-out, Schetter delivered the game-winning RBI single to complete the comeback.

The Red Dragons were to conclude their Virginia trip with a game at Shenandoah on Wednesday, but the game has been cancelled due to weather concerns.