Cortland baseball uses seventh inning rally to defeat Rutgers-Camden

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BALTIMORE, M.D. — Patrick Schetter (Beacon) drove in four runs, including a go-ahead three-run double in a four-run seventh inning, as nationally top-ranked Cortland rallied past Rutgers-Camden, 5-2, on Day 1 of the Baltimore Invitational, hosted by Johns Hopkins University.

The Red Dragons (4-2) will close the tournament Sunday with games versus Frostburg State at 11 a.m. and the seventh-ranked host Blue Jays at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Schetter finished 3-for-5 with two doubles. He singled in a run in the top of the sixth to cut Rutgers-Camden's lead to 2-1. In the top of the seventh, Joe Tardif (Cutchogue/Mattituck) and Paul Dondero (East Islip) led off with singles, and with one out moved up to second and third on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Jack Massa (Shoreham/Shoreham-Wading River) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Schetter cleared the sacks with a double to put the Red Dragons up 4-2. Matthew Personius (Binghamton/Chenango Valley) followed with an RBI single to right.

Rutgers-Camden (0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Tyler Travis single and a two-out Chris Jones double that was lost in the sun. The Raptors scored again in the fourth on a John Tedeschi infield RBI single. Tedeschi and Nolan Gerold each finished 2-for-4 to account for four of the Raptors' seven hits.

Chris Puzakulics (Vestal) earned the win in relief of starter Christian Dufresne (Cocoa, FL/Space Coast). Puzakulics entered with one out and one on in the fifth and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Dufresne tossed the first four and a third innings and gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Steven Salisbury (Cranston, RI/Moses Brown), Cortland's third reliever, did not allow a run over the final two innings for the save. He allowed two singles, and all six outs he recorded came via strikeout.

Tardif finished the game 2-for-3 and Personius was 2-for-5. Colin BeVard (Syracuse/West Genesee) reached base three times by walk and stole two bases.

Ian Scheidemann started for Rutgers-Camden and gave up one run on three hits over six innings. He fanned seven and walked four. He did not allow a hit until Schetter's one-out double in the fourth. Steven Bloyed was tagged with the loss after giving up four runs on six hits over two frames.