SUNY Cortland Red Dragons

04/15/2014, 5:30pm EDT
By SUNY Cortland Stats Information Department; Photos By Darl Zehr Photography

“We’re very excited about this season. We have great chemistry on this team, and our lineup is solid from top to bottom. We’re very fortunate to have a combination of experienced players who’ve been the cornerstones of our recent successful seasons along with a very talented group of newcomers.” – Joe Brown, Head Coach

cortland-slideshow_largeThe SUNY Cortland baseball team looks to continue its long run of successful seasons in 2014. The Red Dragons finished 38-11 last spring and tied for ninth nationally in Div. III after placing second at the NCAA regionals in Auburn, N.Y.

Cortland has qualified for the NCAA playoffs each of the last 21 years – the longest active streak in Div. III and the fourth-longest in all NCAA divisions behind Miami, Florida State and Cal State Fullerton. The Red Dragons have played in the NCAA Div. III World Series 11 times, all since 1995.

Cortland’s offense this season will be led by senior first baseman Max Rosing, who batted .379 with two homers and a team-high 45 RBI last spring. Junior outfielder Donny Castaldo hit .374 with 20 RBI and nine steals and senior DH/catcher P.J. Rinaldi hit .344 with three homers, 42 RBI and 12 steals.
Senior outfielder Chris Jackson paced the Red Dragons last spring with six homers. Two other returning starters – senior catcher Tim Panetta and senior third baseman Anthony Iacomini – also hit better than .300 last year.
Anchoring the pitching staff will be sophomore Brandon Serio (5-1, 1.21 ERA) and junior Brandon McClain (5-1, 2.67 ERA). The bullpen features senior Cody Petre (2.19 ERA, 5 saves) and senior Steven Kimmelman (3.00 ERA, 3 saves).
Cortland’s schedule features early spring trips to Virginia and Maryland as well as a 7-game spring break week in Florida. The Red Dragons’ northern schedule includes 18 games in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). Cortland has won 31 league titles, including each of the last three years.

Player Spotlight

Sophomore Pitcher, Tyler Brien enrolled in the Army National Guard and went through basic training last summer.
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