Game two of Saturday’s doubleheader featured a premiere pitching matchup between Cortland’s Alex Weingarten and Oswego’s Tim Cronin. Cronin came into the contest with a 1.99 ERA while holding opposing batters to just a .235 average which has earned him a 7-0 record this season so far. Weingarten has been equally impressive, posting a 2.34 ERA in 42.1 innings while holding the opposition to a .232 batting average.
Matthew Personius tripled in the bottom of the second to drive in Marcos Perivolaris who reached base on an error by Oswego second basemen Kyle Simmons. Nate Budge drove in Personius with a ground ball to second on the next play and reached safely due to another error by Simmons.
In the top of the third with 2 outs, Alex Weingarten threw a pitch to 3B Eric Hamilton and immediately doubled over in pain. After a brief meeting on the mound between Coach Brown and his infield, Brown pulled Weingarten and Mike Harrington came in to pitch.
“He felt a tug in his oblique, we’ll re-evaluate tomorrow,” said Coach Brown.
SS Paul Dondero led off the bottom of the third with a single up the middle. Justin Teague followed him with another single, pushing Dondero to third base. After a strikeout by catcher Jack Massa, Patrick Schetter grounded into a fielders choice but the throw was bobbled at second by Simmons. Dondero scored on the play making it 3-0 in Cortland’s favor.
Oswego put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth. The first one came off an Eli Holton ground out to Dondero which scored John Barnes, who reached on an error. Joe Brown then made a pitching change, bringing in lefty Andrew Barnes to face the left handed part of the Oswego lineup. Barnes gave up one hit which scored Mike Dellicarri, bringing the score to 3-2.
Billy Goncalves came in for Cortland in the top of the seventh only to throw 6 pitches, all of them balls and one of them a wild pitch. With Oswego threatening to tie the game with a runner in scoring position, Coach Brown pulled Goncalves quickly and put in Payten Boice to close out the game.
Zach Whelan pushed a SAC bunt to the third base side, moving the runner to third for Oswego. SS Robert Donnelly blooped a single into left field to tie the game 3-3.
With runners now at first and third, Cortland was in trouble. Boice walked John Barnes with a wild pitch that allowed Donnelly to score. Mike Dellicarri flew out to right field driving in another run to make it 5-3 Oswego.
Cortland went down quietly in their final opportunities to put runs on the board and lost 5-3, thanks to a Cronin complete game. Cronin did not let up an earned run and earned his 8th win of the year. “Outstanding,” said Oswego’s head coach. “He didn’t get a lot of help (defensively) and he hung in there. That’s what he’s done all year for us.”
Oswego head coach Scott Landers, a former player of Cortland head coach Joe Brown in the 90’s, was feeling good after sweeping a doubleheader versus his alma mater.
“Everyone feels good,” said Landers. “Since I’ve been here they’ve been the best team, not only in the northeast and our conference, but nationally. To come here and win two in one day, it’s a great feeling.”
Coach Joe Brown was visibly upset with his team’s performance Saturday.
“We’ve seen better. We made 7 errors today. There were two times where they scored runs in the first game where we would’ve had two outs and no one on, and we extended the inning with errors. Quite frankly it’s an embarrassment to the program. I told them I’m going home and sending an email to 850 alumni I’m going to apologize because Cortland shouldn’t play like that.”
Brown holds his team to a high standard, and that’s what many admire in him.
“I want to see us compete (tomorrow). We need quality at-bats. We’ve barely got by the past six games with Plattsburgh and New Paltz. This has been coming. I’ve told these guys our record has overshadowed our weaknesses, and that’s why we’re supposed to have three or four good days of practice to show and improve those areas so that when you get games like this, you don’t make those mistakes.”
Let’s see if Coach Brown and his team can improve upon their weaknesses and turn things around before playoff time.