Pitching propels Red Dragons
Cortland has won 35 consecutive SUNYAC games
CORTLAND, N.Y. – Lyndsay Rowell threw a five-hitter in the opener and Morgan Kuhn and Abby Martin combined on a two-hit shutout in the nightcap as No. 12 Cortland swept Oswego, 2-1 and 6-0, in a SUNYAC doubleheader.
Cortland improved to 27-3 overall and 12-0 in the conference. The Red Dragons have won 35 straight SUNYAC regular-season games dating back to the middle of the 2009 season.
Rowell improved to 14-2 on the season with her performance in the circle. She struck out five and walked one. She outdueled Oswego’s Sarah Thayer, who gave up just two hits and two runs (one earned) in six innings. Thayer walked six batters and struck out two.
All of the scoring occurred in the first inning. Oswego took a 1-0 lead when Katie Bredin led off with an infield single, was bunted to second by Brittany Carbacio, took third on a groundout and finally scored on a Sue Schoff single to right center.
In the bottom of the first, Cortland's Donnalyn Cross walked and stole both second and third. Lucia Meola then drew a walk, and in an ensuing rundown, a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Cross to score and Meola to go to third. Meola later scored on a wild pitch.
Cortland loaded the bases with none out in the second, but Thayer got out of the jam by inducing a pair of fielder’s choice grounders with the infield in, followed by a strikeout.
Oswego would threaten in the top of the seventh. Paige Anderson led off with a double, but the next batter popped up an attempted sacrifice bunt. Rowell got the next batter to hit a ball back to her, and she threw out Anderson trying to advance to third for the second out. A fielder’s choice ended the game.
Bredin went 2-for-3 for Oswego. Cortland’s two hits were singles by Martin and Brooke Weidman.
In the second game Jessica Harman and Beth Lamison homered for Cortland in the victory. Harman hit a two-run homer to give Cortland a 2-0 lead in the first, and Lamison concluded the Red Dragons’ scoring with a leadoff homer in the sixth.
Cortland scored once in the third when Cross walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error. Cross singled in a run and Harman drove in a run with a grounder in the fifth.
Oswego (6-20, 1-11 SUNYAC) stranded runners on third in the third and sixth innings. In the third, Nicole Ouellette led off with a walk. Pinch runner Laura Kahn took second on a Bre Neleen bunt and advanced to third on a Bredin bunt single. But Kuhn retired the next batter on a bunt and a foulout ended the inning. In the sixth, Brittany Carbacio hit a one-out double and went to third on a two-out wild pitch. Martin, however, struck out the next hitter to preserve the shutout.
Kuhn is now 6-1 with the victory. She allowed one hit and two walks and struck out six in five innings. Martin surrendered a hit and a walk with four strikeouts in two innings.