LEXINGTON, VA. - Cortland defeated host Washington and Lee, 11-4, in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second contest was halted by rain in the top of the fifth with Cortland leading 5-4 and officially goes as a "no game," with no winning or losing team and no statistics counted.
Cortland (3-2), ranked first nationally, is scheduled to play three games at the Baltimore Invitational, hosted by eighth-raked Johns Hopkins, March 3-4. The Red Dragons will face Rutgers-Camden on Saturday and will play Frostburg State and the host Blue Jays Sunday.
Game 1: Cortland 11, W&L 4
Cortland trailed 2-1 after six innings before exploding for 10 runs over the final three frames to earn the victory. Danny Coleman (Saratoga Springs) finished 4-for-4 with a homer, double, three RBI and three runs scored. Antonio Pragana (Hopewell Junction/John Jay) was 2-for-2 and Matthew Personius (Binghamton/Chenango Valley) was 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Jason Volpicelli led W&L (5-4) with a 2-for-5 effort and three RBI. Austin Crane finished 2-for-4 and Chadwick Feeley was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Noah Ernst (Catskill/Homeschooled) earned the victory in relief of starter Mike Harrington (Glens Falls). Ernst tossed the final four innings and allowed three hits, one walk and two runs and struck out four. Harrington retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a run in the fifth. He allowed a homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth and finished with five hits and two runs allowed over five-plus innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
Coleman's solo homer gave Cortland a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth. The Generals answered with a Crane double and Volpicelli RBI single in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, and they took the lead in the sixth on Feeley's leadoff homer.
Cortland responded with six runs in the top of the seventh to take a 7-2 lead. Personius started the inning with a double, moved to third on an error and scored on a Coleman RBI single. Billy Kozak (Sidney) followed with an RBI infield single to put the Red Dragons on top. A passed ball moved runners to second and third, but W&L got the next two hitters out. Colin BeVard (Syracuse/West Genesee), however, hit a two-run single up the middle, and Cortland added two more runs on a Garrett Heaton (East Patchogue/Bellport) RBI single and Patrick Schetter (Beacon) RBI double.
The Red Dragons extended the lead with two in the eight, including a Coleman RBI double, and two in the ninth on James Varian's (Hopewell Junction/Trinity-Pawling) pinch-hit, two-run double. W&L scored its final two runs in the ninth on a Volpicelli two-run single.
GAME 2: No game (rainout in 5th inning)
Cortland had just taken a 5-4 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth of the scheduled seven-inning game, and was still batting when play was stopped by rain. There is no official team result for either side, and the statistics do not count.
The Red Dragons took a 2-1 in the third on a Personius two-run double. W&L scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. Cortland's fifth featured a run scoring on a passed ball and a Jack Massa (Shoreham/Shoreham-Wading River) two-run single prior to the game being stopped.