In game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader, Cortland steamrolled Oneonta 13-1 to complete the 3 game sweep.
Despite a slow start to the game from the Cortland bats, there was never any doubt in the Cortland dugout that they were going to run away with this one. Cortland won in every single aspect of this game, including offense, defense, and pitching. It was a certified blowout.
Cortland would strike first in the bottom of the 2nd inning from a Colin BeVard RBI double. He would finish the game with two hits, along with three other Red Dragons.
Thirteen different Red Dragons would record a hit in this game, finishing with a total of 17 hits.
Oneonta tied the game in the top of the 4th inning on an RBI single, which ended up being their only run of the contest. Cortland would retake the lead in the bottom frame of the 4th and never looked back from there.
Cortland would score in five consecutive innings to close out the game, scratching across five runs in the 6th and four runs in the 8th.
Because of the 12 run victory, the dominant display of pitching seemed to be overshadowed by the offense.
Patrick Merryweather got the game 2 start for Cortland, going 4 & 1/3 innings, allowing one run and one hit while striking out five. Merryweather pitched an outstanding start to the game, but it would be reliever Mike Harrington who picked up his 4th win of the season.
“Nothing feels better than sweeping a rivalry team, especially when you make a statement like we did,” states Merryweather.
Cortland would use a total of four pitchers, surrendering just three hits.
Not only did Cortland dominate offensively and on the mound, but they were flawless defensively as well. While Oneonta finished the game with 4 errors, Cortland posted a clean slate in the field for the seventh time this season.
Cortland’s sweep of the Oneonta Red Dragons did not go unnoticed by any means. Although Cortland remains nationally ranked at #6 for now, they captured both SUNYAC players of the week.
On the mound, ace Jeff Cooke won SUNYAC player of the week. Cooke threw 6 shutout innings, allowing 3 hits and one walk while punching out four batters.
At the plate, Jack Massa finished the week going 6-10 with a homerun, double, and posted a .714 on-base percentage. Clearly this was solid enough to capture player of the week honors.
Cortland will be on the road for the next four games, and won’t return to Wallace Field until next Tuesday against Hamilton College in a non league game.