CLERMONT, Fla. - Cortland, ranked 13th in Div. III, opened its 2011 season with victories over Westfield State University, 12-0 in five innings, and Rhode Island College, 6-5 in eight innings, at the National Training Center Spring Games.

Lyndsay Rowell earned the victory in both games. She started versus Westfield State and allowed two hits over four scoreless innings. She entered the Rhode Island College game in the top of the eighth inning and picked up the victory when Brooke Weidman drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning.

Cortland 12, Westfield St. 0

Rowell allowed only two hits and no walks and fanned five batters in four innings. Morgan Kuhn struck out two of the three batters she faced in a perfect fifth inning. The game was called after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

Lucia Meola went 3-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Donnalyn Cross also finished 3-for-3 with a triple, RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base.

Abby Martin went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Lorraine Stoddard and Kayla Lynch each went 1-for-3 with two RBI.

Rowell pitched three perfect innings before getting into a little jam in the fourth. She allowed a leadoff single to Alicia Gardner in the bottom of the fourth followed by a two-out single to Kerin DeGirolamo. A double steal put runners on second and third before Rowell struck out the next batter to preserve the shutout.

Cortland scored twice in the first on a Lynch two-run single. A five-run second inning featured a Cross RBI triple, a Meola RBI single and a Stoddard two-run single. The Red Dragons also scored five times in the fourth. Meola tripled in the first run and scored on a Martin RBI single. Later in the inning, Briana Barca singled in a run and Alicia Hibbard plated a run with a sacrifice fly.

Cortland 6, Rhode Island College 5 (8 inn.)

With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the sixth inning, The Red Dragons scored the winning run on Weidman’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Cross finished 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, two steals, two RBI and a run scored. Meaghan Kohler and Katie Fusco each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Martin was the Red Dragons’ starting pitcher and gave up seven hits and five runs in seven innings. She struck out four and walked two. Rowell started the eighth with the NCAA tiebreaker rule in effect. A runner was placed on second to start the inning and was bunted to third. Rowell struck out Donielle Mattoon, who was 3-for-3, up to that point, for the second out and got a groundout to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning, pinch runner Tara Donnino started on second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Weidman’s sacrifice fly to the shortstop in shallow left field.

Mattoon’s RBI single gave RIC a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Cortland answered in the bottom of the inning when Cross singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Kohler’s two-out RBI single.

RIC regained the lead in the fourth on a Mattoon RBI double. Cortland bounced back with three runs in its half of the inning to take a 4-2 lead. Jessica Harman singled with one out, went to second on a groundout and scored on Fusco’s RBI double. Weidman appeared to make the final out on a strikeout, but the ball was in the dirt and Weidman advanced all the way to second while Fusco went to third. Cross then hit a two-run triple.

The Anchorwomen got a run back in the fifth on a Jaci Lata RBI groundout, then took the lead with two runs in the sixth on a Chelsi Panarelli RBI single and a Cristina Bailey sacrifice fly.

In the bottom of the sixth, Cross walked and took second on a groundout. Cross then successfully executed a delayed steal of third and scored on Martin’s sacrifice fly to right.

Cross helped preserve the tie with a stellar defensive play at second base in the top of the seventh. With a runner on first and no outs, Cross made a diving stop on a shot hit between first and second. She threw out the batter from her knees, and first baseman Stoddard threw back behind the runner who had rounded too far past second to complete a 4-3-6 double play.