Less than 24 hours after their demoralizing blowout loss at the hands of arch-rival Ithaca, Cortland baseball bounced back in a big way by delivering a drubbing of their own. The now 3-11 Wildcats of Cazenovia found themselves on the losing end of a 12-1 contest on Wednesday afternoon in Cortland.
Six Red Dragon pitchers combined to allow just four hits and one run. Jake Casey (W, 3-0) got the start for Cortland and went three innings surrendering two hits and no runs while striking out a trio of Wildcats. Casey was followed by a dominant two-inning performance by Ryan Flansburg, which included five punch outs.
On the offensive side, six Red Dragons posted multi-hit games, most notably left-fielder Colin BeVard who went 2-for-3 at the dish while driving in three runs and walking once. Additionally third baseman Wyatt Myers was 1-for-3 with four RBI’s, three of which came on a home run in the fourth inning.
The Cortland offense got to work early, starting off with a leadoff walk followed by back-to-back singles to load the bases with nobody out in the first. Following a fielder’s choice and a two-run single by catcher James Varian, the Red Dragons led 3-0.
After adding a pair of runs in the second and another run in the third, Cortland carried a 6-0 lead into the fourth inning. Following a pair of singles resulted in their seventh run, Wyatt Myers added to an already large lead and blew the game open with his no-doubt three-run home run, extending Cortland’s lead to ten.
The Red Dragons would tack on two additional runs in the fifth as they went on to win 12-1.
The Red Dragons (19-9-1) return to action Friday afternoon when they host New Paltz (10-11) in the first game of a three-game, two-day weekend series.