SUNY Cortland pitchers combine for 16 strikeouts in win versus Plattsburgh St.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- Second-ranked SUNY Cortland scored eight runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 15-6 win against Plattsburgh State. The Red Dragons completed a three-game weekend sweep of the Cardinals.
With the win, Cortland improved to 17-4 overall and 6-0 in SUNYAC play.
Freshman Brandon Serio allowed only one hit, struck out nine and did not walk anyone in five scoreless innings for his third win in four decisions this spring. He retired the first 14 batters he faced before giving up a two-out, pinch-hit double by Nicholas Lupo in the fifth.
Cortland's pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters and allow only two hits. Senior Tyler Scott retired all six batters he faced, three by strikeout, in the sixth and seventh innings. Plattsburgh scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth with the help of four walks, a hit batter, a catcher's interference and a Mike Mulvihill two-run single.
Senior Zack Graczyk led off the game with a solo homer and also hit a two-run single to cap Cortland's eight-run first inning. He finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Ralph Keppler singled in a run in the first and hit a two-run single in the second. He ended 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and two runs.
Sophomore Donny Castaldo went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and an RBI. Senior John Adornetto was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI while junior Chris Jackson finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a two-run double in the fourth inning. The Red Dragons led 13-0 after four frames.