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Buff State softball survives in SUNYAC Championships, edges Cortland, 5-4


CORTLAND -- Fourth-seeded Buffalo State erased a 3-0 deficit and then scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to upset top-seeded host Cortland, 5-4, today to stay alive in the double-elimination SUNYAC Championships.
FINAL SCORE: Buffalo State – 5, Cortland - 4
LOCATION: Red Dragon Field – Cortland, NY
RECORDS: Buffalo State (16-22), Cortland (26-12)

  • Allie Block (N. Tonawanda/Starpoint) pitched the win, allowing seven hits with seven strikeouts, and was 1 for 3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored.
  • Emma Ruggiero (Amherst/Sacred Heart) was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Laura Crooks (Niagara Falls/Niagara Wheatfield) and Julia Blujus (Amherst/Sacred Heart) were each 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • Cortland took the lead with a solo home run in the second and then pushed the lead to 3-0 with a two-run shot in the third.
  • Buffalo State got on the board in the fourth inning after Block reached on an error and then Cassandra O'Hern (Augusta, NJ/High Point) drove her in with a run-scoring double.
  • After a scoreless fifth inning, the Bengals evened the score in the sixth with two runs on one hit and two more Cortland errors.  Rugiero's RBI bunt single tied the score.
  • The Red Dragons answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead.
  • Buffalo State then collected four of its 10 hits for the game in the seventh inning, including RBI singles by Block and Danielle Szymkowiak (Cheektowaga/Cheektowaga) to take its first lead of the game.
  • Cortland loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh on a walk, a hit by pitch and a fielding error, but Block struck out the final two batters to preserve the win and the Bengals' season.

  • Mikayla Shade hit Cortland two-run home run, and Skyler Holt also homered.
  • Alexandrea Flint started the game and gave up just three hits with no walks and one unearned run in four innings, but was taken out at the start of the fifth inning.
  • The Red Dragons then used a pair of relievers that combined to allow seven hits and four runs over the final three innings with Jamie Lachall taking the loss, allowing three hits and one run in the seventh inning.
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Buffalo State will next play Oneonta in an elimination game tomorrow.  Game time is to be determined.