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Cortland hands Morrisville State softball double header loss

Release courtesy of Fran Elia, Cortland SID

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. - The nationally ninth-ranked Cortland softball team scored nine runs in the top of the fourth inning -- all with two outs -- to break open a close game and the Red Dragons defeated Morrisville State, 15-1, in the first game of a SUNYAC doubleheader. Cortland also won the nightcap, 12-0, and is now 28-2 overall and 12-0 in the league. Both games were called after five innings due to the eight-run rule.

In the first game, Cortland scored three runs, one earned, in the top of the first inning. Sammi Dieffenbach singled in two runs and Emily Ringen drove in the other with a groundout.

Morrisville got a run back in the second when Kim DeHimer led off with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Jennifer Allen's sacrifice fly to deep right field. Morrisville starter Kim Acker held the Red Dragons to just one hit over the second and third innings, then retired the first two batters of the fourth before Cortland strung together a walk and nine consecutive hits to score nine runs and take a 12-3 lead.

Cortland completed the scoring in the fifth on a three-run homer by Alicia Smith - her first home run as a Red Dragon.
Katie Finch earned the victory and is 15-1 on the season. She allowed two hits and struck out five in four innings. Maria Carucci pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Dieffenbach finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Crystal Carlson and Bethany Williamson were each 2-for-3 with two RBI, Jessica Harman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Ringen finished with two RBI.

Acker and DeHimer each finished 1-for-2 for the Mustangs.

Cortland opened the second game with six consecutive hits in a six-run inning. Ringen's two-run double highlighted a three-run second and Smith hit a two-run triple in a three-run third frame. Lyndsay Rowell improved to 9-1 with the victory as she allowed just one hit - a Jennifer Allen one-out single in the second - in three innings of work. Diana Perez pitched two perfect innings in relief.

Ringen finished the nightcap 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. Carlson and Harman were each 2-for-2 and Katie Fusco went 2-for-4. Smith and Jackie Begnoche each drove in two runs.

Haley Riley suffered the loss after giving up Cortland's six first-inning runs. Morrisville is now 5-21 overall and 1-11 in the SUNYAC.