March 15, 2011
AUBURNDALE, FL - The State University of New York - Cortland baseball team used seven hits and took advantage of three errors to defeat the University of Massachusetts Boston, 5-2, Tuesday night at Lake Myrtle Park in the Russ Matt Tournament in Auburndale, FL. With the win, the SUNY Cortland improves to 6-4 on the year while the loss drops the Beacons to 1-4 overall.
The Red Dragons got on the board with two in the first inning on RBI singles to left field by sophomore left fielder Zack Graczyk (Carmel, NY) and junior DH Nick Thode (Huntington Station, NY) to put SUNY Cortland on top, 2-0.
Cortland took a 4-0 lead in the fourth with two more runs on a two-RBI double down the right field line by senior third baseman Alex Coffey (Hilton, NY), scoring sophomore right fielder Jeff Wiltsie (Oneonta, NY) and first senior baseman Dan Kaplan (Penfield, NY), who both had previously reached base via a hit by pitch.
After six scoreless innings, the Beacons were finally able to get to SUNY Cortland senior starting pitcher Mike Assmann (Auburn, NY) in the seventh for their first run of the night. Senior second baseman Ryan Walsh (Newton, MA) led off the frame with a single before senior first baseman Connor Reinfurt (Manchester, NH) continued the trend with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Freshman catcher Taylor Kapulka (Worcester, MA) made it three in a row with a single to left to load the bases with no outs but from there, the Beacons were only able to plate one run before the Red Dragons were able to escape the inning with a 4-1 lead.
In the eighth, UMass Boston would cut the lead in half with an RBI single by junior centerfielder Mark McCormack (Shelton, CT) that made it a 4-2 contest but the Red Dragons would get in right back with a sacrifice fly by freshman catcher Tim Panetta (Mt. Kisco, NY) in the bottom half of the inning to make it 5-3.
Assmann earned the win hurling seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing only the one run while striking out seven. Junior relief pitcher Tom Nagy (Greenville, NY) tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief to earn his second save of the season for Cortland. Freshman right handed pitcher Lucas Ilges (Gloucester, MA) pitched well in his first collegiate start for the Beacons, hurling a complete game by scattering five runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out five.
UMass Boston is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they face Bowdoin College at 3:30 p.m. while the Red Dragons return to the diamond on Thursday against Stevens Institute at 12:30 p.m.