In yet another thriller, Cortland defeated the bitter rivals of Ithaca 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to earn their 30th win of the season.
This is the Red Dragons 13th consecutive season reaching the 30 win mark.
On the mound, Andrew Barnes got his fifth start of the season and was near flawless. The southpaw went 4 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 walk. Jake Casey received the win for this game, improving his record to 3-0 on the season.
Similar to recent games, this ballgame was back and forth for the majority of the game.
Matthew Personius got things started for Cortland in the bottom of the second with a bunt single. He would eventually score on a fielding error by the right fielder, coming from a Patrick Schetter single. This gave Cortland the early 1-0 lead.
Things stayed quiet in the contest up until the 5th inning. Ithaca scratched across a run in the top of the 5th off of Jake Casey, but Cortland bounced right back. Colin BeVard who was the hero in Sunday’s game, came through with a 2 out RBI to give Cortland a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the 6th, Patrick Schetter extended the Cortland lead to 2 as he drove in Justin Teague on a sacrifice fly.
As the game progressed, things started to get a little heated in the Ithaca dugout.
In the top of the 7th, Ithaca scratched another run across but would leave the bases loaded to end the inning due to a questionable call at second base. The Ithaca head coach disagreed with the call and was eventually tossed by the field umpire.
The assistant coach was ejected from the game after the 7th inning as well, after arguing a call at home plate which BeVard was ruled safe.
At this point, Ithaca was down 2 runs and down 2 coaches.
Ithaca threatened again in the top of the 8th, scoring one run and leaving a runner in scoring position.
Unlike the top of the 8th, Ithaca would not threaten again in the top of the 9th as Billy Goncalves shut the door to earn his first save of the season.
With the win, Cortland improves to 30-7 on the season. They will face Skidmore in a double header on Saturday afternoon starting at 1PM.