POTSDAM, N.Y. – Junior Lyndsay Rowell threw a four-hit shutout in the opener and earned a save with 1.2 innings of hitless relief in the second game as No. 10 Cortland swept host Potsdam 6-0 and 1-0 in a SUNYAC doubleheader.
Sophomore Morgan Kuhn recorded the win in the second game for the Red Dragons (32-3 overall, 17-0 SUNYAC).
Senior Donnalyn Cross went 2 for 3, including her seventh homer of the season, to lead the Red Dragons in the opener. She also finished with a walk, three RBIs and two runs scored. Senior Katie Fusco, junior Abby Martin and sophomore Lucia Meola each had two hits.
Rowell gave up four hits and two walks and struck out two to increase her record to 17-2. Ashley Thayer started for Potsdam and allowed nine hits and six runs, four earned, in six innings. She struck out six and walked one.
Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the first when Cross walked, stole second and scored on a Meola single to right.
The Red Dragons then broke the game open with five runs in the top of the fourth. Fusco doubled with one out and pinch runner Charlotte Freed went to third on a Brooke Weidman single. Cross followed with a three-run homer to right.
After Meola tripled, Martin reached on a single with Meola holding at third. Martin took second on the play, and an error on a ball hit by Meaghan Kohler allowed both runners to score.
Potsdam’s best scoring threat was thwarted in the sixth. Thayer and Dana Vollmuth led off with singles, but a lineout double play to first and a groundout to Rowell ended the inning.
Vollmuth finished 2 for 3.
In the second contest, Cortland scored the game’s lone run in the top of the sixth. Meola led off with a double and Jessica Harman bunted her to third. Harman reached safely on the play due to an error and went to second. After Martin was intentionally walked, Thayer – who entered in relief prior to Harman’s bunt – struck out the next two batters. A wild pitch, however, allowed Meola to score.
Kuhn shut down the Bears on two hits in the first five innings, but got into some trouble in the sixth. Thayer walked with one out and went to second on a wild pitch. Vollmuth singled through the left side, advancing Thayer to third.
Rowell entered and struck out a batter, but a wild pitch and a walk loaded the bases. Rowell escaped with a fielder’s choice that resulted in a force at home for the final out. She retired the side in order in the seventh for her second save.
Kuhn finished with three hits and three walks allowed and six strikeouts across 5.1 innings and is now 7-1 on the season.
Brittany Pawlowski pitched the first 2.2 innings for Potsdam (10-24, 1-17 SUNYAC) and allowed three hits, one walk and no runs. Katie Nawrot gave up two hits and a run with one strikeout in 2.1 innings before being relieved by Thayer.
Cassie Kardias and Meola each finished 2 for 3 and Kohler was 1 for 3 to account for Cortland’s five hits. Heidi Grebinger went 2 for 3 for Potsdam.