SUNY Cortland closes season on top
Red Dragons blast Hawks, win 30 games for 17th time in 18 years
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Cortland scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and the No. 8 Red Dragons defeated New Paltz, 14-1, to complete their SUNYAC regular-season schedule. Cortland improved to 30-7 on the season and reached the 30-win level for the 17th time in the last 18 years.
Cortland senior Michael Mahay allowed one run over five innings for the victory. Now 6-0, Mahay gave up four hits, walked three batters and struck out five. Four Red Dragons – Todd DeGroat, Peter Lompado, Scott Hartling and Tom Nagy– pitched one scoreless inning apiece.
Senior Kris Gentzke fueled Cortland's 17-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Junior Matt June was 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and an RBI and senior Justin Fredenburg was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Sophomore Bryan Mistretta walked three times and finished with two RBI.
Dylan Franco was 2-for-3 with a walk to lead New Paltz.
Seven of Cortland's first eight batters reached safely to start the game. June walked, Zack Graczyk singled and John Adornetto reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Nick Thode was hit by a pitch to force in a run and Gentzke hit a two-run double to right center.
With one out, Fredenburg was plunked by a pitch to re-load the bases. Matt Wild singled to right to drive in two runs, Mistretta plated a run with a sacrifice fly to left and June hit an RBI single through the right side.
The Hawks' lone run was scored in the bottom of the first. Paul Merola led off with a single, took second on a two-out Jake Cameron single. Matt Prescia walked to load the bases and a balk brought in the run. Mahay struck out the next batter to escape further damage.
Fredenburg's RBI double in the second gave Cortland an 8-1 lead. The Red Dragons added two in the third on a Graczyk sacrifice fly and a Thode RBI single. Thode was 1-for-2 with two RBI in three plate appearances.
Cortland added three runs in the fifth on a Fredenburg two-run single and a Mistretta bases-loaded walk. In the seventh, Chris Jackson led off with a double and eventually scored on an Adam Smith sacrifice fly.