LEESBURG, Fla. – Junior Brandon McClain allowed six hits and one run over 7.1 innings as nationally eighth-ranked Cortland defeated Clarkson, 7-1, in a game played at Pat Thomas Stadium.
The Red Dragons (10-3) finished 5-2 during their Florida trip.
McClain, now 3-0 on the season, struck out three and walked one. Vinny Bomasuto gave up two hits and struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings to finish the game.
Donny Castaldo went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Max Rosing and Mathew Wild were each 2-for-4. Bryan Marotta finished 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Greg Jasek started for Clarkson (1-2) and allowed five runs, three earned, in 7.2 innings. He walked two, struck out four and gave up nine hits. Jasek also finished 2-for-4 and Bobby Derico went 3-for-4 to account for five of the Golden Knights' eight hits.
Cortland broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth. Wild led off with a single and Mark DeMilio was hit by a pitch. With one out, Wild and DeMilio executed a double steal, and a wild throw to second on the play allowed Wild to score.
The lead grew to 3-0 in the top of the sixth. Rosing singled, Mitch Hollander walked and Donny Castaldo bunted the runners to second and third. Marotta doubled to left to drive two runs.
Clarkson scored its run in the sixth. John Coleman and Dan Lenney started the inning with back-to-back singles. Coleman tagged and advanced to third on a one-out foul pop-up and scored on a Tim Beninati line drive single that caromed off the pitcher's mound.
Cortland pulled away with two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. Anthony Iacomini singled to lead off the eight, moved to second o a Rosing bunt and scored on Castaldo's one-out RBI single. Marotta walked, and a wild pitch moved Castaldo to second. Clarkson threw to second but the throw was wild and Castaldo advanced to third.
Castaldo and Marotta then executed a first-and-third double steal, with Castaldo just avoiding the tag at the plate. The Red Dragons' runs in the ninth came on a Nick Hart RBI single and a Iacomini RBI fielder's choice.