Jeff Cooke and the Red Dragons squared off against Skidmore college for a doubleheader on Spring Fling Saturday. Cortland has dropped to #8 in the rankings sitting just ahead of Oswego at #9 who is positioned to host the SUNYAC this year after taking the series versus Cortland last week.
Cortland took an early lead in the bottom of the first after catcher Jack Massa doubled down the left field line driving in Paul Dondero.
Cooke got off to another slow start after giving six runs and three home runs to Oswego in his last start. Skidmore DH Mike Fogarty started with a single through the right side. A few singles later and he crossed the plate, tying the score 1-1.
In the top of the third, left fielder Mat Marino drilled one to left center off Cooke for a solo dinger. Cooke gave up a few more hits and walked a batter before Coach Brown turned to Payten Boice to take over on the bump. Boice got out of the inning with Cortland trailing 3-1.
Steven Figueroa singled to lead off the bottom of the third. Paul Dondero then tripled over the center fielders’ head and drove in Figueroa. Patrick Schetter drove in Dondero with a groundout to shortstop to tie up the score once again 3-3.
Shankar Dasgupta started the top of the fourth for Skidmore with a ground ball in between short and third. Cleanup hitter Josh Brown singled moving Dasgupta over to second. Catcher Pat Geiger hit a towering shot to left center that one hopped over the fence for a ground rule double, scoring Dasgupta. Boice stopped the bleeding by recording a backwards K to end the inning with Skidmore now hold a 4-3 lead.
Paul Dondero singled in the the home half of the fifth and later scored from a Nate Budge line drive single. Jack Massa, who singled after Dondero, scored on a balk by Skidmore pitcher Spencer Anderson.
The bottom of the sixth saw Ralph Nuzzi, who pinch ran for Sean Getman after hitting a single, motor his way around the bases and score on a wild pitch making it a 6-4 Cortland lead.
Jack Massa hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the bottom of the seventh to increase the Red Dragon lead to three runs.
Payten Boice gets credited with his second win of the year as Cortland takes the first game 7-4. The second game recap can be found here.