In game 2 of the Friday doubleheader, the Cortland Red Dragons baseball team improved to 14-8-1 by defeating the Oneonta Red Dragons, 7-2, to complete the series sweep. The loss brought Oneonta down to a record of 9-12, slightly past the midway point of the regular season.
Nick Morena (3.38 ERA, 1-0) took the mound to open up the second game of the day for Cortland. David Deberardinis of Oneonta attained the first hit of the game when he singled to center field. He would go on to steal second base, but Morena would go on to strike out the next batter swinging and force a ground out to end the top of the first inning.
Robert Ottaviano (3.29 ERA, 3-2) started on the pitcher’s mound for the final game of the doubleheader for Oneonta. Ottaviano started off hot for Oneonta by allowing just two hits and no runs through the first three innings of play.
Oneonta struck first on the scoreboard by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The first run of the game came by the bat of Jonathan Zinko, when he homered over the left field fence to lead off the inning. This being his third home run of the season and his 15th RBI of the year. Morena would go on to walk the next two batters after giving up the home run.
Cortland head coach Joe Brown had decided he’d seen enough when he pulled Morena for Chris Puzakulics (2.25 ERA, 0-0). After a sacrifice bunt by Oneonta’s Patrick McGee, there were runners on second and third base. Mike Graves came up to the plate next and flew out deep to left field, with the runner tagging from third base. Puzakulics escaped any more trouble by forcing a ground out to end the inning.
Going into the bottom of the fourth inning, Cortland trailed 0-2. The lead wouldn’t last long as Cortland would go on to tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth.
Dan Schweitzer would help put Cortland on the board by hitting a line drive double to left field. Mike O’Connor, subbing for the injured Marcos Perivolaris, base hit to third base. An error on the throw to first caused O’Connor to advance to second base and Schweitzer to score. Garrett Hunter, would go on to base hit to right field, sending O’Connor successfully to home plate. Oneonta would escape the bottom of the fourth inning tied 2-2.
Ryan Flansburg would get subbed in for Puzakulics to start the top of the fifth. Flansburg made it out of the inning by giving up no hits.
Cortland added to the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth when Colin BeVard doubled with a runner on second base. Schweitzer ended the inning by grounding out to third. Cortland was now leading 3-2 going into the sixth inning.
Flansburg pitched two more shutout innings until being pulled for Isiah Hudson in the top of the eight inning.
Cortland would have its biggest inning of the game in the bottom of the seventh when they would put up three more runs. Matt Krafft, Andrew Michalski, and BeVard each scored with RBIs coming from Scott Giordano, BeVard, and Schweitzer, respectively. Cortland now led 6-2 going into the eighth inning.
The last run of the game was added in the bottom of the eighth inning when Matthew Funk pinch-hit a single through the right side gap to send Mat Bruno home. This led to the final score of 7-2, Cortland.
Hudson pitched two shutout/hitless innings to end the game for Cortland. Flansburg was awarded the win for Cortland, improving his record to 2-0 on the season.
Schweitzer led Cortland with three hits on four plate appearances and BeVard led Cortland with two RBIs.
The Cortland Red Dragons will travel to Pennsylvania to take on Marywood on April 3rd, before beginning a three-game conference road series against Fredonia on April 5th.