Ithaca rallies to beat SUNY Cortland 6-5 in game one of doubleheader
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Ithaca split a pair of games in a doubleheader on Tuesday at SUNY Cortland (11-11) and each game ended in dramatic fashion. The Bombers won a 6-5 game in nine innings in the first contest, then dropped a 1-0 game, with the lone run coming in the bottom of the last inning of game two.
During the first game, the Bombers trailed 3-1 going to the last inning, but scored four runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead. Carianne D'Alessandro delivered a two-run double to tie the score and the Bombers added runs on RBI hits by Jennifer Biondi and Sydney Folk. The Red Dragons tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Ithaca took the lead in the top of the ninth when Biondi ripped a line drive off of the third baseman's glove down the left field line to bring home Jenna Tambasco.
Laura Quicker earned the victory in the circle in relief of Ithaca starter Sam Bender. Quicker pitched the final two innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout and improved to 1-1 on the year. Bender scattered 14 hits through seven innings with one strikeout. Biondi was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the game. Rachel Dell'Orto and Tambasco each scored two runs.
A pitcher's duel in the second game saw the teams combine for just eight hits through seven innings. Cortland scored the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh after a leadoff double followed by a single later in the inning.
Julianne Vincent had two hits for Ithaca, Biondi had a double and Casey Gavin had a base hit for Ithaca. Allison Macari pitched well with three strikeouts and no walks in 6.1 innings.