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New York Regional
Cortland State has been a model of success, and it’s no surprise that the Red Dragons (33-8) are the top seed for the New York Regional at Falcon Park in Auburn.
Cortland has won 30 or more games in 17 of the last 18 seasons and has won 10 of the last 11 regionals, including last season when it went on to finish as the national runner-up.
The Red Dragons are out to finish the job this time after extending their streak of tourney appearances to 19 --- the longest active streak in the country ---- and will count on players such as Matt June (.377, 20 RBI) and John Adornetto (.373, 21 RBI) to help lead the charge.
Michael Mahay is one of two seven-game winners for the Red Dragons. He is 7-1 with 45 strikeouts while Aaron Schuldt is 7-1 and has struck out 76 batters. The Red Dragons have a team ERA of 2.65 and are batting .310 as a team.
Farmingdale State is the second seed and are looking to nail down their first trip to the college world series since 2009. The Rams (26-15) won the Skyline Conference title and have been paced by conference tournament MVP Kevin Curtis. He is hitting .351 with 25 RBI.
David Zilnicki is batting 3.57 with 24 RBI and Terrence Bohonan is hitting .346 and has scored 24 runs.
Chris Phelan has been tough on the hill, fashioning a 7-3 mark with a 2.00 ERA. He has 72 strikeouts and just 13 walks this season. C.J. Bule is 6-1 with 34 strikeouts.
• Eastern Connecticut State has become a regular in the NCAA tournament. This will be the Warriors’ 32nd appearance, including their sixth in row. Eastern (32-11) last won a regional in 2007 and will have to shake off a stretch where it has split its last 14 games.
Jim Schult should play a role in that bid. He is hitting .398 with 11 home runs and 64 RBI. Schult is also 9-1 as a pitcher and has a 3.69 ERA.
• Ramapo was the national champion back in 1984 and returns to the regional for the first time since 1988.
The Roadrunners (30-12) have been led by Kevin Knox, who is hitting .376 with 43 runs while Rob Dimperio is batting .359 with 20 RBI. Frank Baldini (5-0, 1.83 ERA) and PJ Cerreto (6-2, 1.70 ERA) have combined for 83 strikeouts.
• Clarkson is just 19-17 this season but is in the NCAA tournament for the second time in school history, its last trip coming in 2009.
The Golden Eagles are the champions of the Liberty League and have the player of the year in the conference in David Kinney. He is hitting .401 with 35 RBI. Kinney has crushed six home runs and has come through with 18 doubles. Kinney is also 2-0 and has three saves as well in 11 1/3 innings of relief work. He has struck out 14 and has a 1.59 ERA.