SUNY Cortland rallies by Farmingdale
Red Dragons plate two runs in bottom of ninth to win Regional
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- SUNY Cortland rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Michael LaTempa RBI triple and a P.J. Rinaldi sacrifice fly as the Red Dragons earned a trip to the Division III World Series with a 2-1 victory against Farmingdale State in the championship round of the New York Regional on Saturday afternoon.
Cortland (39-7-1) finished 4-0 at the double-elimination regional and will be making its 11th World Series appearance.
Trailing 1-0, Cortland started its winning rally with a John Adornetto leadoff walk. Max Rosing bunted Adornetto to second and LaTempa tripled to left-center to drive in the tying run. Following a Tim Panetta walk, Rinaldi hit a fly ball to center that was dropped, but still resulted in the game-ending sacrifice fly.
Farmingdale outhit Cortland by a 12-3 margin but managed only one run. The Rams took the lead in the top of the third when Anthony Alvino singled with one out, was bunted to second by Ryan McAllister and scored on a Frank Scarlato single to center. Scarlato finished the game 3-for-4 with a RBI, while Alvino and Terrence Bohonan were each 2-for-4.
John Molloy started for Cortland and allowed nine hits, one walk and one run in 6.1 innings while striking out three batters. Tyler Scott pitched the final 2.2 innings for the victory in his first decision of the season. Scott gave up only three hits and no walks and fanned two.
Mike Dolce entered in relief of Rams starter Connor Henson in the third and pitched six innings. He gave up two hits and four walks, struck out two and was charged with the two runs for the loss. Michael Santagata entered in the ninth to face Rinaldi.
Farmingdale had good scoring chances in the first two innings but couldn't capitalize. The Rams stranded runners on first and second in the first and had the bases loaded with two outs in the second before Molloy recorded an inning-ending strikeout.
In the sixth inning, Scarlato doubled with one out. With two outs, Matthew Zsevc singled to center. Scarlato tried to score on the play but was thrown out at home by LaTempa.
One of Cortland's best scoring opportunities prior to the ninth came in the bottom of the sixth. Andrew Pezzuto walked and was sacrificed to second by Adornetto. Pezzuto went to third on a groundout but was stranded after LaTempa lined out to short.
Pezzuto was named the Farmingdale Regional Most Outstanding Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Panetta, Ray Angelucci and Mike Hughes.