May 30, 2010

By Bryan Rose
Special to

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - The second day of elimination games saw the two teams that lost in last night's winner's bracket collect wins as SUNY Cortland and Heidelberg each advanced to Monday's semifinal round with wins at the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships.

Cortland started the day making quick work of Johns Hopkins, 23-8, while Heidelberg advanced with an 8-3 win over the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Johns Hopkins and Stevens Point were eliminated from the tournament.

In the first game, Cortland (38-9-1) used an eight-run second inning to take control of the game. Khyle Dimino opened the scoring for the Red Dragons with an RBI double to center field. John Zilnicki, Shawn Bailey and Adam Diminio each added RBI singles in the inning.

Johns Hopkins (43-7) cut into the lead in their half of the second inning as Cortland walked in two runs and gave up a sacrifice fly to Dave Kahn.

Cortland, though, added a Dave Kaplan solo home run in the third inning and four runs in the fourth highlighted by a three-run home run by Khyle Dimino.

The Red Dragons put the game out of reach in the fifth, scoring eight runs that included RBI triples by Matt June and Bailey.

Steve Nickel led Cortland from the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Dimino and Zilnicki also had four hits for the Red Dragons.

Johns Hopkins got home runs from Chris Huisman, Brian Youchak and John Swarr. The Blue Jays had five players who collected two hits in the game.

Scott Hartling earned the win for Cortland, going six innings and allowing eight runs on 11 hits and striking out one.

Brandon Derosa and Ed Southworth came on in relief for the Red Dragons and gave up no runs on four hits and had a combined four strike outs. Cortland will face Illinois Wesleyan in Monday's semifinal games.