SUNY Cortland Club Baseball continued its dominance as they swept Clarkson this weekend to remain undefeated.
For a team that normally relies on its top of the line pitching staff, Cortland’s offense is what stands out from this weekend. In two seven-inning games, the Red Dragons managed too put up 32 runs. Cortland now averages 11.4 runs a game with a run differential of +60. The offense is finding its rhythm thanks to a couple of hitters. Senior, James Molloy is leading the team in batting average with an impressive .777 average. Newcomer, Ali Ghriaz has been a big addition bringing power (4 XBH in 14 at-bats) to the middle of the lineup. After this weekend, the team batting average is .372, improving its average by .052.
In game one, the Red Dragon’s got off to a hot start by getting five runs across the plate in the first inning. The effort was led by James Molloy, who ended the day 3-4 with a walk and four RBIs. Ethan Juarez and Matt Seidner were also key contributors to the offensive explosion by each going 4-5 combining for ten RBIs.
Ace, Grady Gawrys got the start on the mound in game one. The Golden Knights scored all four of their runs against Gawrys in the first inning. Gawrys settled down in the second inning and did not surrender another hit during his outing. Gawrys struck out eight through 4 1/3 innings while giving up four runs before handing the ball off to Sam Kaplan. Kaplan held the Golden Knights to just five hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.
The Red Dragons went on to win by the score of 22-6.
In game two, the Red Dragons started junior, Drew English on the mound. English continued his excellence from his prior start and went 5 innings giving up just 4 hits and 2 earned runs. In the sixth inning, Cortland brought in freshman, Mitch Senecal. Senecal struggled to find his rhythm and gave up 4 runs over the final two innings. However, he managed to finish the game strongly and struck out the last three batters of the game.
The Red Dragons offense got off to a sluggish start in game two, managing just two hits through four innings. In the fifth inning, the offense came alive, mostly due to an Ethan Juarez grand slam to give Cortland a 7-2 lead. Matt Czeczotka was also vital to the Cortland offense, producing 3 RBIs on the day while going 2-4. The Red Dragon offense went on to push across four more runs through the final two innings.
Cortland won 11-6.
Sunday’s matchup was postponed due to weather with the make-up date to be determined. The Red Dragons will look to stay undefeated against division rivals, SUNY Oneonta this weekend.