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Cortland Athletics | March 27, 2014

No. 7 Cortland rallies to beat Purchase with six-run fifth inning

Christ Jackson Chris Jackson had two hits Thursday in No. 7 Cortland's victory.

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- No. 7 Cortland scored six runs in the top of the fifth Thursday to overcome an early deficit and defeat Purchase College, 8-3.

The decisive fifth inning started with a Chris Jackson double, a Conrad Ziemendorf sac bunt and a Tim Panetta game-tying RBI single. The Red Dragons loaded the bases on a Mark DeMilio walk and a Vinny Bomasuto single, and Anthony Iacomini was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. P.J. Rinaldi then doubled home two runs, another run scored on an error on a ball hit by Max Rosing, and the scoring concluded for the inning on a Mitch Hollander sacrifice fly.

Junior Ryan McAlary, the second of six Cortland pitchers, earned the win in his first decision of the season. He entered in the bottom of the third and was the pitcher of record when the Red Dragons took the lead for good in the top of the fifth. McAlary allowed just one hit and no walks in two and two-thirds scoreless innings.

Rinaldi and Jackson each went 2-for-4 to lead a 13-hit Cortland attack. DeMilio finished 1-for-3 with a walk.

Jacob Vazquez started for Purchase (5-5) and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in four and a third innings. Michael Skoller finished 2-for-3 with a double and Leandro Francisco was 2-for-4.

The Panthers led 1-0 in the second. John Jonas was hit by a pitch, Skoller doubled and Dan Lombardo drove in the run with a squeeze bunt. The lead grew to 2-0 in the third on an error, a steal, a groundout and a passed ball.

Rosing hit an RBI double in the fourth to cut the Purchase lead to 2-1. Cortland added a run in the eighth on an Austin Clock sacrifice fly, and Purchase posted its final run on a double-play grounder in the bottom of the inning.