In the most important games of the season, winner takes the division, the Red Dragons came out flat for the first time all year.
Cortland found themselves shorthanded by dealing with injuries to their starting centerfielder, Sam Maxwell, and starting right fielder, Ryan Faro. It showed as Cortland had their lowest scoring games all season.
Cortland had a hot start, pushing across five runs to take a 5-0 lead through two innings. But it was all downhill from there. From inning three to seven, Cortland made five errors that lead to six runs and blowing the lead. Prior to this game, the Red Dragons have been phenomenal in the field, only recording one error through seven games.
The Red Dragons fought their way back to make it a 6-5 game in the fifth inning. However, the Bearcats pushed across two more runs to bring the final score to 8-5.
Notable performance for Cortland was Senior, James Molloy who went 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs and Richie Capria who went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Grady Gawrys went four innings giving up just five hits and two earned runs
It was the same story in game two as Cortland failed to find their rhythm and made error after error allowing the Bearcats to score seven runs through two innings. On top of struggling in the field, the offense was stagnant as Demitri Sanchez dominated on the mound for Binghamton, recording 11 strikeouts through the first four innings. Prior to this game, the Red Dragons averaged two strikeouts a game.
This was an off day for the Red Dragons.
Binghamton won by the score of 10-0.
Even after the two losses to Binghamton, the Red Dragons still snuck into playoffs as the wild card and will play #3 in the nation, University of New Hampshire, Friday at 12 p.m. in Webster, NY.
The Red Dragons will need to get back their ways of playing fundamental baseball if they want to have a chance against a loaded UNH team.