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Cortland Athletics | May 16, 2014

Cortland romps in suspended game

P.J. Rinaldi P.J. Rinaldi knocked in five runs as Cortland finished off a suspended game Friday with a 14-5 victory.

NEWARK, N.Y. -- P.J. Rinaldi and Max Rosing combined to drive in eight runs Friday as Cortland defeated Farmingdale St. 14-5 in a game suspended from the previous day by weather. The game started on Thursday, but was halted by rain in the bottom of the seventh with Cortland leading, 10-5. The contest took 29 minutes to complete.

Cortland (33-8) will face either Kean (N.J.) or Amherst (Mass.) in the winner's bracket final of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Rinaldi finished 3-for-4 with a double and five RBI and Rosing went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Mark DeMilio was 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs.

Three other Red Dragons registered multiple hits. Anthony Iacomini ended 2-for-5 with a triple, walk, RBI and three runs, Conrad Ziemendorf was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs and Tim Panetta finished 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs.

Brandon Serio threw six innings on Thursday and improved to 9-2 with the win. He allowed six hits and five runs, three earned, with two strikeouts and three walks. Steve Komanecky took the mound on Friday when play resumed and threw the last three innings for his third save of the season. He gave up no runs on one hit and three walks and fanned two.

Farmingdale starter Matt Seelinger suffered his first loss in four decisions this spring after being knocked out in the first inning. Tom Rydzewski went 2-for-3 with a walk and Ryan Levine drove in a pair of runs for the Rams (26-12).

Cortland took a 10-0 lead after three and a half innings. The Red Dragons scored four in the first on a Rinaldi sacrifice fly, a Rosing RBI single, a wild pitch and a balk. Iacomini led off the third with a triple and scored on a Rinaldi RBI single. In the top of the fourth, Cortland scored on a Iacomini bases-loaded walk, a Rinaldi two-run single and a Rosing two-run double.

Farmingdale got back in the game with five runs in the bottom of the fourth as the Rams posted four of their seven hits. Mike Scarlato drove in a run with a groundout, pinch hitter Levine hit a two-run single and Sal Sanquini singled in a run. With two outs, Edward Bergmann hit an RBI single and the Rams trailed 10-5.

Cortland, however, allowed only two hits and no runs over the last five innings. The Red Dragons scored in the eighth on a Rinaldi RBI double and added three in the ninth on a Panetta RBI double, a DeMilio RBI single and a Ziemendorf sac fly.