Corrigan hurls shutout as SUNY Cortland beats Lebanon Valley to win regional
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Amber Corrigan threw a four-hit shutout as SUNY Cortland earned a trip to the NCAA Division III championship with a 7-0 victory against Lebanon Valley to win the Ithaca Regional on Monday at Ithaca College.
The Red Dragons (32-15), seeded fourth in the regional, earns its eighth championship trip overall and fourth in the past six years. Cortland will face top-ranked Salisbury in the first game of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament at noon ET Friday in Eau Claire, Wis.
Corrigan, the winning pitcher in all of Cortland's victories during the weekend, was named the regional's most outstanding player. Erin Wolstenholme, Cassie Kardias and Briana Barca joined Corrigan on the all-tournament team.
Corrigan struck out seven and walked two and is now 18-5 on the season. Wolstenholme was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Kardias finished 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Lucia Meola and Diane Cork were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Tessa Deardorff, Emily Johnson and Mary Readinger each went 1-for-2 for Lebanon Valley (36-7-1), the third seed at the regional. Sam Derr dropped to 25-6 with the loss after allowing 12 hits and seven runs, five earned, with four strikeouts.
Cortland scored in the top of the first when Cork led off with a single and took third on an error. Meola then reached on an error that allowed Cork to score.
In the fourth, Kardias led off with a double and, with one out, Wolstenholme reached on an infield single. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third and Courtney Kadish's infield single drove in Kardias. Barca followed with a sacrifice fly to right to score Wolstenholme and, two batters later, Cork singled up the middle to plate Kadish and give Cortland a 4-0 lead.
The Red Dragons added single runs in each of the last three innings. Kardias doubled with one out in the fifth and scored on a Wolstenholme two-out single. In the sixth, Jamie Bucci singled with one out, stole second and scored on a Meola double. The final run scored in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Carrie Stoddard and Wolstenholme.
Lebanon Valley's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the first. Deardorff walked and eventually moved to third on two groundouts, but Corrigan struck out the next hitter. The Dutchmen had only one other runner reach second base.
In Cortland's most recent appearance in the World Series, in 2011, the Red Dragons posted their best finish with a 2-2 record and fourth-place showing.