The #6 ranked Cortland Red Dragons defeated the Oneonta Red Dragons 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader this past Sunday at Wallace Field. Yes, you read that correctly. It was Red Dragons vs. Red Dragons all weekend, making it a wild weekend for mascot bragging rights.
Cortland ace Jeff Cooke threw six innings, struck out four, and gave up a walk and three hits without allowing a run earning him his fifth win of the season. Cooke had everything working for him Sunday, including his pickoff move. He picked off two baserunners during the game that Oneonta wishes they had on for the few hits they managed to string together.
Oneonta starter Nicholas Ponesse limited the Cortland offense until a fifth inning two-out rally broke things open. Paul Dondero beat out a grounder for an infield single and proceeded to advance to second on a throwing error. Steven Figueroa worked a walk, then Joe Brown decided to plug in Justin Teague to pinch hit. Brown’s decision paid off as Teague blasted a single through the left side of the infield, scoring Dondero. A couple of wild pitches later and the score was quickly 3-0. Catcher Jack Massa drove in the last of the four runs scored before Oneonta got out of the inning.
Patrick Schetter led the next inning off with single and was driven in by third basemen Matt Michalski taking the score to 5-0.
Sophomore Andrew Barnes recorded a strikeout in the seventh and retired the side to end the game and give Cortland the win.
Cortland is away for their next six games, facing New Paltz and Plattsburgh in three games a piece. Their next home game is April 18th at 3:30 pm vs. Hamilton College, barring any setbacks.