Yaphank, N.Y. – The College of Mount Saint Vincent Baseball team dropped a hard fought doubleheader to #18 Cortland on Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven. The Red Dragons picked up a come from behind 9-5 win in the opener before shutting the Dolphins out 4-0 in game two. Senior
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Cortland jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first in game one and then added two more runs in the top half of the third inning to open a four run advantage. Kevin Jackson got Cortland on the board with a two run single in the first before Steve Nickel and Adam Dimino connected on solo home runs against Mount Saint Vincent starter Anthony Mongelli (Flushing, N.Y.) in the third.
Mount Saint Vincent would respond in the home half of the third inning with all five of its run in the contest. With two outs and two aboard in the inning James Labartino (Holbrook, N.Y.) and Joe Blackford (Stewartsville, N.J.) picked up RBI singles, before Ruckdaschel capped the big inning with a three-run shot to push the Dolphins in front 5-4.
The lead did not last long as the Dragons plated two more runs in the top of the fourth to retake a lead they would not give back. The eventual game winning run was knocked in by Dimino with two outs in the frame on a single. Cortland would seal the win with three more tallies in the top of the seventh.
Ryan Hollborn (Islip Terrace, N.Y.) and Ruckdaschel each picked up two hits in the game and the duo combined for four of the seven safties for the Dolphins in the game. Sophomore Christian Lavery (Westbury, N.Y.) contributed a double to the offensive attack.
Mongelli took the loss for the Dolphins after working 6.0 innings and allowing seven earned runs on seven hits. He fanned six for the Mount and walked three batters. Cortland’s Michael Mahay picked up the win in relief after working 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.
In game two the Dolphins were stifled by Cortland starter Mike Assmann who picked up the complete game shutout victory. He allowed just three hits in the contest, all singles, and struck out eight against just walks.
Mount Saint Vincent starter Matt Calandrillo (Cold Spring, N.Y.) was also effective in the game as he worked 6.0 innings and allowed four earned runs on seven base hits. He also fanned eight batters and allowed just one walk.
The two pitchers each posted three zeros for their respective teams over the first three innings before Cortland pushed across the only run it would need in the top half of the fourth inning. Jason Simone picked up the game winning RBI with a two out triple in the frame for the Red Dragons. Cortland would add three insurance runs in the fifth on a three run home run from Kris Gentzke to secure the win.
John McManus (Queens, N.Y.) picked up two of the Mount’s three hits against Assmann, with Ruckdaschel picking up the other. Lavery and Gerald Amerosi (Staten Island, N.Y.) each reached on walks for the Mount.
The loss drops Mount Saint Vincent to 0-2 overall on the season. The Dolphins will return to the diamond on Sunday afternoon when they play host to St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn. The twinbill with the Bears at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y.) is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.