In game 2 of the Thursday doubleheader, the Cortland Red Dragons softball team fell to the Fredonia Blue Devils, 3-0, to split the season series 1-1. Thursday’s doubleheader put the Red Dragons at 17-12 on the season and put the Blue Devils at 11-17 on the season, with both teams having eight regular-season games remaining.
Cady Walts opened up the second game of the day on the mound for Cortland. It was a slightly rough start for Walts as she walked the opening batter she faced and then gave up a two-run home run to Eva Fitzsimmons, her first career collegiate home run. Cortland would escape the first inning trailing 2-0.
Sam Seeger started on the mound for game two of the doubleheader for Fredonia. Seeger started off hot for the Blue Devils, by forcing a one-two-three inning for the Blue Devils.
Seeger carried her first inning momentum throughout the entire game, with Cortland’s bats struggling to mount any offense. Seeger held a perfect game up until the bottom of the fourth inning when Taylor Felicello doubled to left center field with just one out in the inning. However, Cortland was unable to utilize their runner in scoring position, as the following two batters grounded out and struck out, respectively.
Walts kept her composure after the early first inning deficit and would go on to give up just five hits from the top of the second inning to the top of the seventh inning.
The third run of the game came in the top of the seventh. The inning began when Walts walked the leadoff batter for Fredonia and the next batter up committed a sacrifice bunt to move the runner over to second base. A ground out would move the runner to third, and a base hit by Fitzsimmons would send the runner home.
Just the second hit of the game for Cortland came in the bottom of the seventh when Skyler Hoyt doubled down the left field baseline. The final game of the series between Cortland and Fredonia would end on a line-drive double play to the Fredonia second baseman.
Game two of the doubleheader marked Fredonia’s first shutout over Cortland in the 43 games they have played against each other, dating back to the year 2000.
The Cortland Red Dragons will face Buffalo State, at home, in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 20th, with the first game beginning at 12 p.m.