Cortland State rolls Ithaca twice
Red Dragons push win streak to double figures with rally
ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Lorraine Stoddard hit a two-run tiebreaking double in the top of the eighth inning to lift No. 19 Cortland State past Ithaca 7-5 in the first game of a non-league doubleheader. The Red Dragons (18-4) completed the sweep and extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 4-1 victory in the second game.
In the opener, Cortland overcame a pair of two-run deficits to eventually take a 5-4 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Ithaca, however, tied the game on Monica Capolongo's two-out RBI single that found the chalk down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the eighth, sophomore Briana Barca doubled with one out and junior Lucia Meola drew a two-out walk. Stoddard then doubled to left center to drive in both runners.
Senior Morgan Kuhn entered in relief of senior Lyndsay Rowell in the seventh after Ithaca's Francesca Busa led off with a double. Kuhn retired the first two batters before giving up Capolongo's game-tying single. She struck out the next batter to end the inning, and in the eighth she fanned three batters while walking one to earn the victory and improve to 5-0.
Stoddard finished 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI, Meola was 3 for 4 with a double, walk, RBI and two runs and senior Jessica Harman was 2 for 4 with a double. Capolongo and Busa each went 3 for 4 and Rachel Dell'Orto was 2 for 4 with a walk for the Bombers. Jillian Olmstead took the loss after relieving Sam Bender in the sixth inning.
Trailing 2-0, Cortland scored on an error in the fourth and on a Stoddard RBI double in the fifth to knot the game at 2-2. Ithaca grabbed a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth on Dell'Orto's triple, Julianne Vincent's RBI groundout, a Busa double and a Molly O'Donnell RBI single.
Junior Cassie Kardias opened the sixth with a walk and went to third on a Harman double. Junior Kayla Lynch singled in Kardias and sent Harman to third. After a lineout double play retired Harman at third, sophomore Beth Lamison reached on an error and Meola hit an RBI single to left to tie the game. Stoddard followed with an RBI single through the right side and Cortland led 5-4.
In Game 2, Rowell allowed two hits with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings before senior Abby Martin entered and threw the final five innings for the victory. Martin gave up two hits and three walks, struck out five and allowed only one run on a Vincent solo homer that tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth. Martin is now 6-1 on the season.
Cortland scored in the top of the first on sophomore Meaghan Kohler's two-out RBI single. The Red Dragons broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the fifth. Harman led off with a double and scored on a Lynch single to center. An error on the play allowed Lynch to go to third, and two batters later junior Nicole Gallo plated Lynch with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Red Dragons added a run in the sixth. Martin reached on an infield single and stole second. With two outs, Kardias reached on an infield single up the middle and Martin kept running around third. She was safe at home on a throwing error when a routine throw would have easily retired her.
Ithaca (7-10) was led by Vincent, who finished 2 for 3, and Dell'Orto and O'Donnell, who were each 1 for 3. Bender tossed a complete-game six-hitter with two walks and four strikeouts.
Cortland and Ithaca players wore orange and black ribbons during the games to honor Buffalo State softball coach Sandra Hollander, who passed away Monday evening after a six-year battle with cancer.