Brandon McClain tosses complete game to lead Cortland State to finals
NEWARK, N.Y. -- Brandon McClain threw a complete-game two-hitter as Cortland State defeated Kean, 10-1, to win the NCAA Division III New York Regional. The Red Dragons (35-8) advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships for the 12th time in program history and the sixth time since 2005.
P.J. Rinaldi was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a double, walk, RBI and two runs scored and in four regional games hit .571 (8-for-14) with two doubles, three walks and nine RBI.
Tim Panetta finished 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI. Chris Jackson went 2-for-2 with a three RBI, including a two-run triple as part of Cortland's five-run third inning. Vinny Bomasuto went 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs and Max Rosing finished 2-for-5 with a double. McClain improved to 10-1 as he struck out five and walked two.
Kean, ranked 19th nationally, finished the season 35-14. Nick Zucchero started for Kean and gave up six runs, five earned, in 2.2 innings.
Kean took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second when Joe O'Connor led off with a triple and scored on an Andy Lopez groundout to short. The Cougars, however, managed only five base runners the rest of the game on a walks in the third and seventh, a Shane Alvarez leadoff double in the sixth and two errors in the ninth.
Cortland, ranked fifth nationally, took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the second. Rinaldi led off with a double and, with one out, Bomasuto was hit by a pitch. Jackson hit a single to left to drive in Rinaldi and, with two outs, Bomasuto scored on a passed ball.
The Red Dragons posted five runs on six hits in the third. Mark DeMilio led off with a single and stole second with two outs. He went to third on a passed ball and scored on Rinaldi's single to center. Rosing then singled and Bomasuto hit an RBI single to center to score Rinaldi. Jackson followed with a two-run triple down the right-field line and Panetta's hard smash to third resulted in an infield single that scored Jackson.
Cortland added a run in the fourth when Conrad Ziemendorf singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Panetta doubled in a run in the seventh and Bomasuto hit an RBI single in the eighth.