Two-run sixth gives Cortland victory
Red Dragons beat Moravian 3-1 in battle of unbeatens
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Top seed and host SUNY Cortland broke a 1-1 deadlock with two runs in the sixth inning, with the eventual game winner coming on a fielding error, en route to a 3-1 victory against second-seeded Moravian College (Penn.) in a battle of unbeaten teams in the final game of the day at the 2011 NCAA Division III Softball Regionals at Dragon Field.
With the win, the Red Dragons advance to Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. championship final, needing only one win to move on to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series on May 20-24 at the James I. Moyer Softball Complex in Salem, Va. The Greyhounds (37-8) will take on fourth-seeded Piedmont College (Ga.) in the 10:00 elimination game, with the winner needing to defeat Cortland twice to earn the berth to Salem.
Both teams scored runs in the opening three innings, with Cortland senior second baseman Donallyn Cross scoring on an infield scoring error in the first inning and senior right fielder Amanda Paulus of Moravian driving in junior starting pitcher Jenna Carmon from third base on a ground out to second base in the third inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior shortstop Jessica Harman reached base on a Moravian infield fielding error and junior pinch hitter Rachel Barry reached on a fielder’s choice (Harman out at second) before junior designated player Lorraine Stoddard singled to left field, followed by an outfield error to score freshman pinch runner Charlotte Fried from first base. Stoddard reached second base, but was called out on an umpire’s appeal from Moravian.
Sophomore leftfielder Cassie Kardias doubled down the left field line and scored when freshman right fielder Meaghan Kohler followed with a double down the left-field line. Cross, Stoddard, and Kardias were the lone players with multiple hits for either team, each going 2-for-3.
Junior pitcher Lindsay Rowell posted her second complete game triumph of the day and third victory of the tournament, giving up six hits, three walks, and an unearned run while striking out three. Carmon picked up the hard-luck loss for Moravian, allowing nine hits and three runs.