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Stevens Named Head Baseball Coach

July 23, 2014


New TC3 head coach Ryan Stevens, manager of the professional team Alpine Cowboys, flanked by TC3 alums Dustin Sandberg and Billy Crowe

Ryan Stevens is returning to Tompkins Cortland Community College as the new head baseball coach. Stevens, who was an assistant at TC3 from 2006 to 2010, replaces Pat Carroll. Carroll is leaving TC3 after eight seasons for a coaching position at Siena College, an NCAA Division I program in New York’s Capital Region.

Stevens has built an impressive resume since starting his coaching career at TC3. While on the Dryden campus he was the Panthers’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, helping build a brand new program into a playoff team. His time at the College coincides with the best four-year stretch in the program’s history, culminating with an NJCAA regional playoff appearance in his final season.

In 2008 he entered the world of professional baseball, taking a job with the Texarkana Gunslingers of the Independent Professional Continental Baseball league. After two years and a league championship with the Gunslingers, Stevens took his first head coaching job with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league based in Texas with teams through the southwest. In five seasons as the manager of the Cowboys, Stevens has led the team to the postseason each year, capturing two league championships and winning more than 200 games. He was named the Pecos League Manager of the Year, and has helped more than 50 players earn promotions to higher levels of professional baseball.

"Coach Stevens has proven to be a winner at every level, including the professional ranks, and I’m looking forward to him bringing that experience to our program. With his knowledge of the game, his passion for helping athletes succeed, and his commitment to hard work, he is exactly the right person to move TC3 baseball ahead," said TC3 Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel. "It’s a good fit: Ryan is a TC3 guy with tremendous regional and national connections. When the position was posted in early July, I had several local baseball icons call and urge me to give Ryan a chance at the helm of the Panthers. This was an easy decision. We are extremely excited to have Coach Stevens back in a Panther uniform."

Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He is a Dryden native, graduating from Dryden High before playing collegiate baseball at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).

Pfund Adds All-Region Honors

June 12, 2014

For the fourth time in the last five years, Tompkins Cortland Community College has an all-region baseball player. Sophomore Brian Pfund (East Hampton H.S./Montauk) was chosen to the all-region team by coaches in the NJCAA Region III.

Pfund was also named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team. He started all 32 games for the Panthers, primarily as the team’s center fielder and lead-off hitter. He hit a team-best .365 with a slugging percentage of .552. He had five assists from the outfield, the most on the team, to go with 80 putouts. Between runs scored and runs batted in, he had a role in more than a third of TC3’s runs.

Pfund is the fifth TC3 player named all region since baseball was reinstated as a varsity sport in 2007.

Pfund Named All-Conference

June 5, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Brian Pfund (East Hampton H.S./Montauk) has been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference baseball team. He was the lone TC3 selection to the 15-player team. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Pfund was TC3’s center fielder and lead-off hitter, starting in all 32 games. He led the Panthers in several offensive categories, including batting average (.365), hits (35), doubles (8), triple (2), home runs (2), stolen bases (9), slugging percentage (.552), and on-base percentage (.419). He scored nearly a quarter of TC3’s runs, crossing the plate 24 times (the team total was 101). He also drove in 15, the second most on the team.

It’s the eighth straight year TC3 has been represented on the all-conference team.

Roster–2012 Men's Baseball

2012 TC3 Baseball

No. Name Pos. Year Ht. Wt. High School/Hometown
2 Brian Roe Fr. 5-8 190 Auburn/Auburn
3 Tim Leck So. 5-11 150 South Side/Rockville Centre
4 Kyle Dahm So. 5-9 145 Maine-Endwell/ Maine
5 Tyler Cowen Fr. 5-7 135 Dryden/Dryden
7 Akeem Vereen Fr. 5-8 190 John F. Kennedy/Bronx
8 Yordy Munoz Fr. 5-10 160 Central Park East/Harlem
10 Brandon Watkins So. 5-11 170 Cortland/Cortland
11 Matt Jones Fr. 6-2 165 Greene/Greene
12 Tony Whitt So. 5-9 140 Cortland/Cortland
13 Kris Catino So. 5-10 155 Auburn/Auburn
15 Saul De La Cruz Fr. 5-6 155 George Washington/Harlem
18 Joey Flores So. 5-6 185 Dewitt Clinton/Bronx
20 Tim Smith So. 6-3 170 Auburn/Auburn
24 Patrick DeSantis So. 5-10 180 Delaware Academy/Delhi
27 Manny Martinez Fr. 5-7 140 Satellite Academy/Harlem
34 Nixon Pena So. 6-0 250 George Washington/Harlem
57 Jim Burns So. 5-11 190 Union Springs/Aurelius

Statistics–Men's Baseball

Men's Baseball

2015 Season

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West Division (0-0)

Statistics

Previous Seasons

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

Records

Team Records

Most Wins (Season)

20 (2010)
18 (2012)
14 (2011)

Best Winning Percentage (Season)

.500 (2011)
.474 (2012)
.455 (2010)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

22 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
22 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
21 (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

276 (2010)
192 (2012)
171 (2009)

Biggest Margin of Victory (Game)

16 (at Ithaca College JV, 4/11/09)
14 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
11 (at CCBC-Dundalk, 3/17/10)
11 (at Allegany College, 3/22/09)

Most Hits (Game)

17 (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)
16 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
16 (vs. Onondaga CC, 4/1/10)

Most Hits (Season)

364 (2010)
320 (2012)
242 (2009)

Most Doubles (Game)

7 (vs. Jefferson CC, 5/1/10)
6 (vs. Jefferson CC, 3/21/12)
5 (vs. Corning CC, 4/6/10)
5 (vs. Onondaga CC, 4/1/10)
5 (at Ithaca College JV, 3/27/09)
5 (vs. SUNY Canton, 4/24/07)

Most Doubles (Season)

76 (2010)
49 (2012)
43 (2009)

Most Triples (Game)

2 (vs. Jefferson CC, 4/29/10)
2 (vs. Herkimer County CC, 4/25/09)

Most Triples (Season)

12 (2010)
10 (2009)
8 (2011)

Most Home Runs (Game)

3 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
3 (at Camden CC, 3/7/10)
2 (at Ithaca College JV, 4/7/10)
2 (at Allegany College, 3/22/09)

Most Home Runs (Season)

14 (2010)
5 (2011)
3 (2007)
3 (2008)

Most RBIs (Game)

20 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
15 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
14 (at Camden CC, 3/7/10)

Most RBIs (Season)

235 (2010)
150 (2012)
144 (2009)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

14 (at Jamestown CC, 4/8/09)
11 (vs. Corning CC, 4/26/11)
11 (at Broome CC, 4/13/10)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

111 (2010)
98 (2009)
66 (2012)

Most Walks (Game)

13 (vs. Milwaukee Area Tech, 3/21/08)
12 (at Ithaca College JV, 4/11/09)
11 (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)

Most Walks (Season)

174 (2010)
146 (2008)
133 (2009)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Game)

11 (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
11 (at Jefferson CC, 5/3/07)
10 (vs. Broome CC, 5/4/11)
10 (vs. Broome CC, 4/17/11)
10 (at CCBC-Dundalk, 3/17/10)

Most Strikeouts - Pitching (Season)

224 (2010)
154 (2013)
142 (2012)

Individual Records - Hitting

Most Hits (Game)

4 Manny Martinez (at Ithaca College JV, 3/26/12)
4 Tim Smith (vs. Jefferson CC, 3/21/12)
4 Kris Catino (at Alfred State, 4/23/11)
4 Lane Warner (vs. Ithaca College JV, 3/27/10)
4 Dan Zambito (at Allegany College, 3/16/10)
4 Tatsuya Hagiwara (at CCBC Essex, 3/14/07)
4 Jonathon Concepcion (at CCBC Essex, 3/14/07)

Most Hits (Season)

53 Kris Catino (2012)
53 Dan Zambito (2010)
51 Anthony Siracusa (2010)

Most Hits (Career)

86 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
76 Joey Flores (2011-12)
74 Tim Smith (2011-12)

Highest Batting Average (Season)

.443 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
.423 Joey Flores (2011)
.400 Tatsuya Hagiwara (2007)

Highest Batting Average (Career)

.409 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
.368 Kris Catino (2011-12)
.367 Joey Flores (2011-12)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Season)

.485 Dustin Quick (2010)
.484 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
.473 Cody Rose (2010)

Highest On-Base Percentage (Career)

.476 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
.457 Jacob Newton (2008-09)
.453 Morgan Allis (2007-08)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Season)

.617 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
.613 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
.594 Jesse Stiffen (2007)

Highest Slugging Percentage (Career)

.578 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
.556 Jesse Stiffen (2007-08)
.550 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)

Most Doubles (Game)

3 Jonathon Concepcion (3/14/07)
2 Several times (-)

Most Doubles (Season)

17 Dan Zambito (2010)
17 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
12 Dustin Sandberg (2010)

Most Doubles (Career)

27 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
21 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
20 Joey Flores (2011)

Most Triples (Game)

1 Several times (-)

Most Triples (Season)

6 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
3 Joshua Boyd (2010)
2 Juan Balbuena (2013)
2 Drew Seager (2011)
2 Joey Flores (2011)
2 Peter Ahart (2009)

Most Triples (Career)

7 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
3 Juan Balbuena (2011, 2013)
3 Joshua Boyd (2010)
3 Peter Ahart (2008-09)

Most Home Runs (Game)

2 Dustin Sandberg (at Ithaca College JV, 4/7/10)

Most Home Runs (Season)

5 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
3 Jesse Stiffen (2007)
2 Dustin Sandberg (2011)
2 Joshua Boyd (2010)
2 Cody Rose (2010)
2 Dan Zambito (2010)
2 Jesse Stiffen (2008)

Most Home Runs (Career)

7 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
5 Jesse Stiffen (2007-08)

Most RBIs (Game)

7 Dustin Sandberg (at Camden CC, 3/7/10)
5 Dustin Sandberg (at Ithaca Colelge JV, 4/7/10)
5 Dustin Sandberg (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
5 Andrew Foster (4/32/07)
5 Jonathon Concepcion (3/14/07)

Most RBIs (Season)

47 Dustin Sandberg (2010)
35 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
30 Dan Zambito (2010)

Most RBIs (Career)

59 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
52 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
45 Tim Smith (2011-12)

Most Stolen Bases (Game)

5 Brandon Becker (4/18/09)
4 Tim Smith (vs. Corning CC, 4/26/11)
4 Dustin Quick (at Broome CC, 4/13/10)
4 Dustin Quick (5/2/09)

Most Stolen Bases (Season)

29 Dustin Quick (2010)
27 Dustin Quick (2009)
19 Kris Catino (2012)

Most Stolen Bases (Career)

56 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
31 Kris Catino (2011-12)
18 Dan Zambito (2009-10)

Most Walks (Game)

4 Juan Balbuena (at Corning CC, 4/18/13)
4 Dustin Quick (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
4 Jacob Newton (vs. Broome CC, 4/9/09)
3 Several times (-)

Most Walks (Season)

37 Dustin Quick (2010)
25 Dustin Sandberg (2011)
22 Jesse Stiffen (2008)

Most Walks (Career)

52 Stefan Whittenburg (2009-10)
40 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)
36 Jacob Newton (2008-09)

Most Runs Scored (Game)

4 Billy Crowe (4/23/11)
4 Joey Flores (4/23/11)
4 Morgan Allis (3/21/08)
4 Gordon Begent (3/21/08)

Most Runs Scored (Season)

48 Dustin Quick (2010)
40 Dan Zambito (2010)
35 Kris Catino (2012)
35 Brandon Becker (2010)

Most Runs Scored (Career)

74 Dustin Quick (2009-10)
56 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
55 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)

Individual Records - Pitching

Most Wins (Season)

5 Anthony Siracusa (2009)
4 Joey Flores (2012)
4 Brandon Watkins (2012)
4 Lane Warner (2010)
4 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
4 Eric Conway (2010)
4 Kevin Mabry (2008)

Most Wins (Career)

9 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
7 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
5 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Best ERA (Season)

1.87 Michael Zick (2007)
2.36 Lane Warner (2010)
2.68 Anthony Siracusa (2009)

Best ERA (Career)

3.74 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
3.93 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
4.26 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Most Strikeouts (Game)

10 Anthony Graziano (vs. Broome CC, 4/17/11)
10 Eric Conway (at Onondaga CC, 4/26/10)
10 Eric Conway (at CCBC-Dundalk, 3/17/10)
10 Jorden Updyke (at Broome CC, 5/4/11)

Most Strikeouts (Season)

43 Anthony Siracusa (2010)
42 Sean Streb (2013)
42 Eric Conway (2010)
39 Brandon Watkins (2012)
39 Kevin Mabry (2008)
39 Tatsuya Hagiwara (2009)

Most Strikeouts (Career)

72 Anthony Siracusa (2009-10)
66 Brandon Watkins (2011-12)
64 Kevin Mabry (2008-09)

Most Shutouts (Season)

2 Michael Zick (2007)

Most Shutouts (Career)

2 Michael Zick (2007-08)

Individual Records - Fielding

Best Fielding Percentage (Season)

.995 Billy Crowe (2010)
.990 Joey Flores (2012)
.981 Jonathon Concepcion (2007)

Best Fielding Percentage (Career)

.987 Jonathon Concepcion (2007-08)
.952 Seth Cameron (2009-10)
.949 Peter Ahart (2008-09)

Most Assists (Season)

102 Tony Whitt (2012)
80 Dan Zambito (2009)
68 Dan Zambito (2010)

Most Assists (Career)

148 Dan Zambito (2009-10)
118 Tony Whitt (2011-12)

Most Putouts (Season)

206 Brent Stull (2009)
199 Nixon Pena (2012)
186 Billy Crowe (2010)

Most Putouts (Career)

281 Billy Crowe (2010-11)
256 Brent Stull (2009-10)
241 Dustin Sandberg (2010-11)

          

Coaches–Men's Baseball

Ryan Stevens

Head Coach

Ryan Stevens returns to Tompkins Cortland Community College as the new head baseball coach. Stevens, who was an assistant at TC3 from 2006 to 2010, takes over as head coach for the 2014-15 academic year.

Stevens has built an impressive resume since starting his coaching career at TC3. While on the Dryden campus he was the Panthers’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, helping build a brand new program into a playoff team. His time at the College coincides with the best four-year stretch in the program’s history, culminating with an NJCAA regional playoff appearance in his final season.

In 2008 he entered the world of professional baseball, taking a job with the Texarkana Gunslingers of the Independent Professional Continental Baseball league. After two years and a league championship with the Gunslingers, Stevens took his first head coaching job with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league based in Texas with teams through the southwest. In five seasons as the manager of the Cowboys, Stevens has led the team to the postseason each year, capturing two league championships and winning more than 200 games. He was named the Pecos League Manager of the Year, and has helped more than 50 players earn promotions to higher levels of professional baseball.

Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He is a Dryden native, graduating from Dryden High before playing collegiate baseball at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).

Contact: athletics@TC3.edu, 607-844-8222, Ext.4492


Highlights–2012 Men's Baseball

TC3 Drops Season-Ending Twinbill
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball season came to a disappointing close Thursday as the Panthers dropped a home doubleheader to Onondaga Community College. Both games were decided by final scores of 6-2, with the first game going nine innings. TC3 ends the year with an overall record of 18-20 and a West Division mark of 13-15. Onondaga, the West Division champion, ends the regular season 45-9 overall and 30-2 in division.
 
Onondaga took advantage of some early wildness by TC3 starting pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one. As Watkins settled into a rhythm and kept Onondaga at bay, the Panthers struggled to mount a threat. Through the first six innings, TC3 put a runner into scoring position just twice. Heading into the last of the seventh, the home team still trailed 2-0.
 
Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) opened the frame by reaching on an infield error. He was replaced by pinch-runner Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine), who, after an out, moved to second on a single by Akeem Vereen (John F. Kennedy H.S./Bronx). A pair of wild pitches moved both runners into scoring position, but a strikeout brought the Panthers down to its final out. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), who early in the game had tied the TC3 single-season hits record with his 53rd, kept the game going by hustling out of the box and taking advantage of a boot by an OCC infielder to reach fist safely and allowing Dahm to score TC3's first run. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) followed, and for third time in the inning, reached on an error as Vereen scored the tying run. A strikeout ended the TC3 rally, sending the game to extras. After a scoreless eighth, Onondaga led off the ninth with a solo home run. The Lazers added three more before they were done, sending the game to the bottom of the ninth with TC3 trailing 6-2. Watkins opened the TC3 half of the inning with a single, but was eliminated on a double play. A fly out ended the game with TC3's third extra-inning loss of the year.
 
Watkins suffered the loss, despite striking out a career-high nine hitters. He also led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4.
 
In game two, Onondaga again took the lead with two runs in the first inning, and again TC3 cut into the lead with the help of errors. In the bottom of the third, Munoz drove in Vereen, who had reached via an error, to make it 2-1. Onondaga plated a run in the fourth, but the Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Pena and Vereen both singled. Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Dahm worked a walk to drive in the run and make it 3-2. Neither team scored in the fifth, but Onondaga pushed across a run in the sixth and then added two more in the seventh. After TC3 was unable to mount another rally, the game ended with a final score of 6-2.
 
Munoz was the lone Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and driving in one run.


TC3 Drops Season-Ending Twinbill
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball season came to a disappointing close Thursday as the Panthers dropped a home doubleheader to Onondaga Community College. Both games were decided by final scores of 6-2, with the first game going nine innings. TC3 ends the year with an overall record of 18-20 and a West Division mark of 13-15. Onondaga, the West Division champion, ends the regular season 45-9 overall and 30-2 in division.
 
Onondaga took advantage of some early wildness by TC3 starting pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) to take a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one. As Watkins settled into a rhythm and kept Onondaga at bay, the Panthers struggled to mount a threat. Through the first six innings, TC3 put a runner into scoring position just twice. Heading into the last of the seventh, the home team still trailed 2-0.
 
Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) opened the frame by reaching on an infield error. He was replaced by pinch-runner Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine), who, after an out, moved to second on a single by Akeem Vereen (John F. Kennedy H.S./Bronx). A pair of wild pitches moved both runners into scoring position, but a strikeout brought the Panthers down to its final out. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), who early in the game had tied the TC3 single-season hits record with his 53rd, kept the game going by hustling out of the box and taking advantage of a boot by an OCC infielder to reach fist safely and allowing Dahm to score TC3's first run. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) followed, and for third time in the inning, reached on an error as Vereen scored the tying run. A strikeout ended the TC3 rally, sending the game to extras. After a scoreless eighth, Onondaga led off the ninth with a solo home run. The Lazers added three more before they were done, sending the game to the bottom of the ninth with TC3 trailing 6-2. Watkins opened the TC3 half of the inning with a single, but was eliminated on a double play. A fly out ended the game with TC3's third extra-inning loss of the year.
 
Watkins suffered the loss, despite striking out a career-high nine hitters. He also led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4.
 
In game two, Onondaga again took the lead with two runs in the first inning, and again TC3 cut into the lead with the help of errors. In the bottom of the third, Munoz drove in Vereen, who had reached via an error, to make it 2-1. Onondaga plated a run in the fourth, but the Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Pena and Vereen both singled. Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Dahm worked a walk to drive in the run and make it 3-2. Neither team scored in the fifth, but Onondaga pushed across a run in the sixth and then added two more in the seventh. After TC3 was unable to mount another rally, the game ended with a final score of 6-2.
 
Munoz was the lone Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and driving in one run.


TC3 Offense Shut Down in Sweep
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Onondaga Community College Monday, getting shutout in both games. The Panthers lost by scores of 1-0 and 14-0 to fall to 18-18 overall and 13-13 in the West Division. With one doubleheader left in the regular season, the Panthers remain on the edge of a playoff position. Onondaga, which has already secured the top seed in the West Division, improves to 40-8 overall and 26-2 in division.
 
Game one was well pitched on both sides. TC3's Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) allowed just a single run in the first inning. He tossed the complete game, giving up just five hits while striking out four. Unfortunately for Smith and the Panthers, the Onondaga pitcher was a bit better, tossing a perfect game to earn the win.
 
In the nightcap, Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led off the first inning with a single and stole second, but was stranded on base. In the bottom of the first, Onondaga took advantage of two TC3 errors to score four runs. The Lazers added six more in the second and another four in the third to blow the game open. By the end of the contest, TC3 had managed just two hits and a total of three base runners.
 
TC3 hosts Onondaga Community College Thursday at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale. With Monday's losses, the Panthers no longer control their own destiny. The defeats drop TC3 to sixth place in the division, but not eliminated from contention. The Panthers host Onondaga Thursday needing to win Thursday, along with getting some help, to qualify for the playoffs.


TC3 Offense Shut Down in Sweep
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team dropped a doubleheader at Onondaga Community College Monday, getting shutout in both games. The Panthers lost by scores of 1-0 and 14-0 to fall to 18-18 overall and 13-13 in the West Division. With one doubleheader left in the regular season, the Panthers remain on the edge of a playoff position. Onondaga, which has already secured the top seed in the West Division, improves to 40-8 overall and 26-2 in division.
 
Game one was well pitched on both sides. TC3's Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) allowed just a single run in the first inning. He tossed the complete game, giving up just five hits while striking out four. Unfortunately for Smith and the Panthers, the Onondaga pitcher was a bit better, tossing a perfect game to earn the win.
 
In the nightcap, Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led off the first inning with a single and stole second, but was stranded on base. In the bottom of the first, Onondaga took advantage of two TC3 errors to score four runs. The Lazers added six more in the second and another four in the third to blow the game open. By the end of the contest, TC3 had managed just two hits and a total of three base runners.
 
TC3 hosts Onondaga Community College Thursday at 2 p.m. in the regular season finale. With Monday's losses, the Panthers no longer control their own destiny. The defeats drop TC3 to sixth place in the division, but not eliminated from contention. The Panthers host Onondaga Thursday needing to win Thursday, along with getting some help, to qualify for the playoffs.


Extra Innings for Panthers in Win
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Sunday, April 29, 2012

An extra inning win in game two gave the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split against Broome Community College Sunday. The Panthers dropped the opener 13-0 before taking game two 5-4 in eight innings. TC3 is now 18-16 overall and 13-11 in the West Division. Broome is 9-17 in the division and 16-24 overall.
 
All aspects of the first game were lackluster for the Panthers. TC3 managed just three singles and put a runner in scoring position just one time. Defensively the Panthers committed six errors s Broome scored in five of the seven innings.
 
Game two saw the Panthers finally mount a threat in the second inning, plating three runs on two hits and two Broome errors. The lead was cut to 3-1 in the fourth, and Broome tied the score with two runs in the sixth. The visitors took the lead for the first time in the seventh, taking advantage of a TC3 error to score an unearned run to make it 4-3. In the home half of the inning, Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). After a pitching change, a bunt moved Smith to third to a lead with one out. Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) delivered a fly ball to right that would have been sacrifice fly that scored Smith, but the outfielder dropped the ball allowing the run to score and advance Flores to third with one out. The next two Panthers struck out, ending the rally and sending the game to extra innings,
 
Starting pitcher Flores remained on the mound in the eighth, and came through with one of his best innings of the game, setting down the side on a pair of grounders and strike out. In the bottom of the eighth, the inning started with Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) laying down a bunt that the Broome pitcher threw away to put Whitt on second base. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) was intentionally walked bringing Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to the plate. After unsuccessfully trying to get a sacrifice bunt down, Roe had a great at bat. After fouling off four two-strike pitches, Roe was able to work a walk to load the bases with no outs. Smith came to the plate and delivered, driving a ball to center field for a game-winning RBI single.
 
Smith finished the 3-for-4 to lead the 10-hit attack. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Flores earned the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run while striking out six.
 
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Monday at 2 p.m.


Extra Innings for Panthers in Win
Game 1 Box
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

An extra inning win in game two gave the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split against Broome Community College Sunday. The Panthers dropped the opener 13-0 before taking game two 5-4 in eight innings. TC3 is now 18-16 overall and 13-11 in the West Division. Broome is 9-17 in the division and 16-24 overall.
 
All aspects of the first game were lackluster for the Panthers. TC3 managed just three singles and put a runner in scoring position just one time. Defensively the Panthers committed six errors s Broome scored in five of the seven innings.
 
Game two saw the Panthers finally mount a threat in the second inning, plating three runs on two hits and two Broome errors. The lead was cut to 3-1 in the fourth, and Broome tied the score with two runs in the sixth. The visitors took the lead for the first time in the seventh, taking advantage of a TC3 error to score an unearned run to make it 4-3. In the home half of the inning, Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) opened the inning with a walk and moved to second on a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). After a pitching change, a bunt moved Smith to third to a lead with one out. Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) delivered a fly ball to right that would have been sacrifice fly that scored Smith, but the outfielder dropped the ball allowing the run to score and advance Flores to third with one out. The next two Panthers struck out, ending the rally and sending the game to extra innings,
 
Starting pitcher Flores remained on the mound in the eighth, and came through with one of his best innings of the game, setting down the side on a pair of grounders and strike out. In the bottom of the eighth, the inning started with Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) laying down a bunt that the Broome pitcher threw away to put Whitt on second base. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) was intentionally walked bringing Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to the plate. After unsuccessfully trying to get a sacrifice bunt down, Roe had a great at bat. After fouling off four two-strike pitches, Roe was able to work a walk to load the bases with no outs. Smith came to the plate and delivered, driving a ball to center field for a game-winning RBI single.
 
Smith finished the 3-for-4 to lead the 10-hit attack. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Flores earned the win on the mound, allowing just one earned run while striking out six.
 
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Monday at 2 p.m.


Panthers Split DH at Broome
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

A strong pitching performance in game one helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split against Broome Community College Saturday. The Panthers won the opener 9-2 before dropping game two by the same 9-2 score. TC3 is now 17-15 overall and 12-10 in the West Division. Broome is 8-16 in the division and 15-23 overall.
 
The Panthers scored early and benefited from a pair of good pitching performances in game one. The TC3 offense scored four runs in the second and third, staking starting pitcher Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to a lead. Smith was lifted with an 8-2 lead after three innings, giving way to Tim Leck (South Side H.S./Rockville Centre). Leck, making his collegiate debut, went the remaining four innings, allowing no runs on just three hits while striking out three.
 
Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Smith, Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) each had two hits.
 
The two teams reversed roles for game two, with Broome taking the early lead and winning with strong pitching. The Panthers managed just five hits while Broome rapped out ten, scoring in each of the first four innings. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) was the only Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
 
TC3 and Broome square off Sunday at TC3 at 1 p.m.


Panthers Split DH at Broome
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Saturday, April 28, 2012

A strong pitching performance in game one helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split against Broome Community College Saturday. The Panthers won the opener 9-2 before dropping game two by the same 9-2 score. TC3 is now 17-15 overall and 12-10 in the West Division. Broome is 8-16 in the division and 15-23 overall.
 
The Panthers scored early and benefited from a pair of good pitching performances in game one. The TC3 offense scored four runs in the second and third, staking starting pitcher Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) to a lead. Smith was lifted with an 8-2 lead after three innings, giving way to Tim Leck (South Side H.S./Rockville Centre). Leck, making his collegiate debut, went the remaining four innings, allowing no runs on just three hits while striking out three.
 
Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. Smith, Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) each had two hits.
 
The two teams reversed roles for game two, with Broome taking the early lead and winning with strong pitching. The Panthers managed just five hits while Broome rapped out ten, scoring in each of the first four innings. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) was the only Panther with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
 
TC3 and Broome square off Sunday at TC3 at 1 p.m.


Panthers Drop Two at Home
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

After a week of rainouts, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finally got back on the diamond Thursday for a doubleheader against Finger Lakes Community College. For the Panthers, another rainout would have been better. The home team dropped both ends of the twinbill, 13-11 in eight innings in the opener and 6-2 in the nightcap. TC3 is now 16-14 overall and 11-9 in the West Division. Finger Lakes improves to 12-24 overall and 10-12 in the division.
 
The opener was wild, with TC3 rallying back from deficits three times to force extra innings tied at 9-9. Finger Lakes scored four times in the eighth and TC3 could answer with just two to make the final 13-11. The Panthers had 13 hits for the game, led by a 3-for-4, two-double, two-RBI effort from Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) and a 3-for-5, two-RBI, one-double game from Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn). Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) drove in three.
 
In game two the Panthers struck first, with Catino scoring a run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Flores. The lead held until the third when Finger Lakes scored twice. The visitors added two more in the fourth, and TC3 cut the score to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning when Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) doubled and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem). The fifth inning saw Finger Lakes get that run back, and the Lakers added another run in the seventh to make it 6-2. TC3 loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't push any across.
 
TC3 managed just six hits in game two, and the last inning was the only frame the Panthers had more than one. No TC3 player had multiple hits in game two.
 
TC3 plays at Broome Community College Saturday before hosting Broome Sunday at 1 p.m.


Panthers Drop Two at Home
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

After a week of rainouts, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finally got back on the diamond Thursday for a doubleheader against Finger Lakes Community College. For the Panthers, another rainout would have been better. The home team dropped both ends of the twinbill, 13-11 in eight innings in the opener and 6-2 in the nightcap. TC3 is now 16-14 overall and 11-9 in the West Division. Finger Lakes improves to 12-24 overall and 10-12 in the division.
 
The opener was wild, with TC3 rallying back from deficits three times to force extra innings tied at 9-9. Finger Lakes scored four times in the eighth and TC3 could answer with just two to make the final 13-11. The Panthers had 13 hits for the game, led by a 3-for-4, two-double, two-RBI effort from Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) and a 3-for-5, two-RBI, one-double game from Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn). Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) drove in three.
 
In game two the Panthers struck first, with Catino scoring a run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Flores. The lead held until the third when Finger Lakes scored twice. The visitors added two more in the fourth, and TC3 cut the score to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning when Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) doubled and eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem). The fifth inning saw Finger Lakes get that run back, and the Lakers added another run in the seventh to make it 6-2. TC3 loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't push any across.
 
TC3 managed just six hits in game two, and the last inning was the only frame the Panthers had more than one. No TC3 player had multiple hits in game two.
 
TC3 plays at Broome Community College Saturday before hosting Broome Sunday at 1 p.m.


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Panthers Bounce Back for Game Two Win
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

After dropping a lopsided first game by a score of 11-0, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team bounced back with an 8-6 win in the second game against Jamestown Community College Thursday. The home split leaves TC3 with a record of 16-12 overall and 11-7 in the West Division. Jamestown is 14-20 overall and 10-10 in the division.
 
The opener was scoreless through three innings, but things started to go downhill in the fourth. Jamestown plated five runs, all unearned, to take the lead. The advantage grew by two each of the next three innings, finishing at 11-0. TC3 was held scoreless despite getting seven hits. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each went 2-for-3.
 
The Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the top of first inning of game two, but responded in the bottom of the inning. Smith started a two-out rally with a single, followed by a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). After Flores stole second, Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) came through with a two-run single. Roe followed with another single and Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) made it five singles in a row, driving in Pena to make the score 3-1 after one inning.
 
Neither team could score in the second or third, but TC3 plated four in the bottom of the fourth with Smith doubling and Flores delivering a two-run single. Another run in the fifth made the home team's lead 8-1. Five runs in sixth, all unearned, brought the visitors to within two at 8-6, but it would prove to be the end of the scoring as TC3 held on for the win.
 
Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) earned the win, allowing just one earned run on seven hits while striking out seven. Smith, Flores, and Roe led the attack with two hits each.
 
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Saturday before hosting Onondaga Sunday at 1 p.m.


Panthers Bounce Back for Game Two Win
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

After dropping a lopsided first game by a score of 11-0, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team bounced back with an 8-6 win in the second game against Jamestown Community College Thursday. The home split leaves TC3 with a record of 16-12 overall and 11-7 in the West Division. Jamestown is 14-20 overall and 10-10 in the division.
 
The opener was scoreless through three innings, but things started to go downhill in the fourth. Jamestown plated five runs, all unearned, to take the lead. The advantage grew by two each of the next three innings, finishing at 11-0. TC3 was held scoreless despite getting seven hits. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each went 2-for-3.
 
The Panthers fell behind 1-0 in the top of first inning of game two, but responded in the bottom of the inning. Smith started a two-out rally with a single, followed by a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). After Flores stole second, Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) came through with a two-run single. Roe followed with another single and Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) made it five singles in a row, driving in Pena to make the score 3-1 after one inning.
 
Neither team could score in the second or third, but TC3 plated four in the bottom of the fourth with Smith doubling and Flores delivering a two-run single. Another run in the fifth made the home team's lead 8-1. Five runs in sixth, all unearned, brought the visitors to within two at 8-6, but it would prove to be the end of the scoring as TC3 held on for the win.
 
Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) earned the win, allowing just one earned run on seven hits while striking out seven. Smith, Flores, and Roe led the attack with two hits each.
 
TC3 plays at Onondaga Community College Saturday before hosting Onondaga Sunday at 1 p.m.


Panthers Pick Up Another Split
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

For the fourth straight doubleheader, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finished with a split. Playing at Jamestown Community College Tuesday, the Panthers lost game one 4-1 before coming back and to win the second game, 7-5. TC3 is now 15-11 overall and 10-6 in the West Division. Jamestown is 13-9 overall and 9-9 in the division.
 
The Panthers led most of the opener. TC3 scored in the first inning and held Jamestown off the board until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Jamestown rallied to score four runs on four hits, despite only getting one ball out of the infield. The lead held as the Panthers were unable to score in the seventh.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led TC3 with a 3-for-4 effort. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.
 
In the nightcap, TC3 again scored first. In the opening frame the Panthers put three runs across, but Jamestown answered with three in the bottom of the first. TC3 regained the lead with four runs in the second inning, and after holding Jamestown to single runs in the third and fourth, the Panthers had the 7-5 win. Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) paced the nine-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Catino had another multiple-hit game, going 2-for-4 and scoring two runs.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win by pitching the first four innings, allowing five runs on four hits and seven walks. Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) picked up a save, entering in the fifth with a 7-5 lead and shutting out Jamestown on two hits over the final three innings.
 
The two teams face off again Thursday with a doubleheader at TC3 starting at 2 p.m.


Panthers Pick Up Another Split
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

For the fourth straight doubleheader, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team finished with a split. Playing at Jamestown Community College Tuesday, the Panthers lost game one 4-1 before coming back and to win the second game, 7-5. TC3 is now 15-11 overall and 10-6 in the West Division. Jamestown is 13-9 overall and 9-9 in the division.
 
The Panthers led most of the opener. TC3 scored in the first inning and held Jamestown off the board until the sixth inning. In the sixth, Jamestown rallied to score four runs on four hits, despite only getting one ball out of the infield. The lead held as the Panthers were unable to score in the seventh.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led TC3 with a 3-for-4 effort. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.
 
In the nightcap, TC3 again scored first. In the opening frame the Panthers put three runs across, but Jamestown answered with three in the bottom of the first. TC3 regained the lead with four runs in the second inning, and after holding Jamestown to single runs in the third and fourth, the Panthers had the 7-5 win. Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) paced the nine-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Catino had another multiple-hit game, going 2-for-4 and scoring two runs.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win by pitching the first four innings, allowing five runs on four hits and seven walks. Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) picked up a save, entering in the fifth with a 7-5 lead and shutting out Jamestown on two hits over the final three innings.
 
The two teams face off again Thursday with a doubleheader at TC3 starting at 2 p.m.


Watkins Lead Way in Split
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

A masterpiece by pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split Sunday at Niagara County Community College. The Panthers won the opener 3-1 before dropping the second game 9-2. TC3 is now 14-10 overall and 9-5 in the West Division while Niagara stands at 17-13-1 overall and 6-6 in the division.
 
Watkins pitched game one, and he was in control from the start. The sophomore used only 79 pitches to complete the five-hitter, striking out three along the way. His former high school teammate Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) led the offense by going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Whitt also was strong with the glove at shortstop, fielding ten chances and taking part in two of TC3's three double plays.
 
In game one, TC3 scored three runs on five hits. As efficient as the Panthers were in the opener, game two was the opposite extreme. TC3 managed just two runs despite hitting safely ten times. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem), Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), and Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits as seven different Panthers collected a hit in the loss.
 
The Panthers are next in action Tuesday at Jamestown Community College.


Watkins Lead Way in Split
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

A masterpiece by pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader split Sunday at Niagara County Community College. The Panthers won the opener 3-1 before dropping the second game 9-2. TC3 is now 14-10 overall and 9-5 in the West Division while Niagara stands at 17-13-1 overall and 6-6 in the division.
 
Watkins pitched game one, and he was in control from the start. The sophomore used only 79 pitches to complete the five-hitter, striking out three along the way. His former high school teammate Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) led the offense by going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Whitt also was strong with the glove at shortstop, fielding ten chances and taking part in two of TC3's three double plays.
 
In game one, TC3 scored three runs on five hits. As efficient as the Panthers were in the opener, game two was the opposite extreme. TC3 managed just two runs despite hitting safely ten times. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem), Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), and Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits as seven different Panthers collected a hit in the loss.
 
The Panthers are next in action Tuesday at Jamestown Community College.


Panthers Rally for Dramatic Win
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning game the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team a 6-5 win in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader with Niagara County Community College. Niagara came back to take game two 13-6 to leave the teams with a split. TC3 is now 13-9 overall and 8-4 in the West Division. Niagara stands at 16-12-1 overall and 5-5 in the division.
 
TC3 pitcher Tyler Cowen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) tossed a gem in game one, going all eight innings for his first collegiate win. He allowed just three earned runs while striking out seven. His teammates gave him an early lead by scoring two in the first inning, but Niagara tied the game in the second and then took a 3-4 lead in the fourth. TC3 responded in the fifth, scoring two runs and threatening to blow the game open. The Panthers led 5-4 with the bases loaded and one out, but Niagara's pitcher induced a pair of fielder's choice groundballs to keep the home team advantage at a single run.
 
In the sixth, Niagara tied the game with a run, and after neither team could score in the seventh, the game went to extra frames. In the top of the eighth, Niagara plated a run to lead 6-5 heading into the bottom of the inning. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) started the rally by reaching on an error. After a failed sacrifice left TC3 with a runner on first and one out, Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked a walk and Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) delivered, hitting a ground ball to short that led to a fielder's choice out at second and the game-tying run scoring. With two outs and runners on the corner, Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) came through, hitting a ball the shortstop couldn't handle, allowing Roe to cross the plate with the winning run.
 
Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) finished the game 3-for-4 and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lad the offense.
 
In game two, both teams scored a single run in the first before Niagara exploded for seven runs in the second. The visitors added single runs in the third and fourth to take control. The score stood at 10-1 until the seventh when Niagara added three runs in the top of the frame to lead 13-1 heading into the bottom of the inning. The Panthers mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning, plating five runs, making the final 13-6.
 
Munoz, Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) each had two hits in the loss.
 
The Panthers wrap up the four-game series with Niagara on the road Sunday.


Panthers Rally for Dramatic Win
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning game the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team a 6-5 win in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader with Niagara County Community College. Niagara came back to take game two 13-6 to leave the teams with a split. TC3 is now 13-9 overall and 8-4 in the West Division. Niagara stands at 16-12-1 overall and 5-5 in the division.
 
TC3 pitcher Tyler Cowen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) tossed a gem in game one, going all eight innings for his first collegiate win. He allowed just three earned runs while striking out seven. His teammates gave him an early lead by scoring two in the first inning, but Niagara tied the game in the second and then took a 3-4 lead in the fourth. TC3 responded in the fifth, scoring two runs and threatening to blow the game open. The Panthers led 5-4 with the bases loaded and one out, but Niagara's pitcher induced a pair of fielder's choice groundballs to keep the home team advantage at a single run.
 
In the sixth, Niagara tied the game with a run, and after neither team could score in the seventh, the game went to extra frames. In the top of the eighth, Niagara plated a run to lead 6-5 heading into the bottom of the inning. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) started the rally by reaching on an error. After a failed sacrifice left TC3 with a runner on first and one out, Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) worked a walk and Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) reached on an infield hit to load the bases. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) delivered, hitting a ground ball to short that led to a fielder's choice out at second and the game-tying run scoring. With two outs and runners on the corner, Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) came through, hitting a ball the shortstop couldn't handle, allowing Roe to cross the plate with the winning run.
 
Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) finished the game 3-for-4 and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lad the offense.
 
In game two, both teams scored a single run in the first before Niagara exploded for seven runs in the second. The visitors added single runs in the third and fourth to take control. The score stood at 10-1 until the seventh when Niagara added three runs in the top of the frame to lead 13-1 heading into the bottom of the inning. The Panthers mounted a rally in the bottom of the inning, plating five runs, making the final 13-6.
 
Munoz, Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) each had two hits in the loss.
 
The Panthers wrap up the four-game series with Niagara on the road Sunday.


Panthers Split DH at Corning
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team earned a doubleheader split on the road Thursday, dropping the opener 8-3 before taking the nightcap 7-6 at Corning Community College. The Panthers are now 12-8 overall and 7-3 in the West Division. Corning stands at 6-12 overall and 3-7 in the division.
 
In game one, the score was tied at 1-1 after the first inning, and remained deadlocked until the fifth. In the home half of the inning, Corning put up five runs to take control. Corning added two more in the sixth, and even though TC3 plated two in the seventh, the home team finished with the comfortable win.
 
In game two the Panthers trailed 3-1 after four innings, but scored five in the fifth to take the lead. Another run in the sixth made it 7-3 and gave the Panthers a cushion heading into the final frame. Corning plated three in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t score the tying run.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win, working into the seventh inning and allowing just two earned runs. Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) came into the game in the seventh and closed out the win for the save.
 
Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had three hits and an RBI on the day.
 
The Panthers host Niagara County Community College for a doubleheader Saturday.


Panthers Split DH at Corning
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team earned a doubleheader split on the road Thursday, dropping the opener 8-3 before taking the nightcap 7-6 at Corning Community College. The Panthers are now 12-8 overall and 7-3 in the West Division. Corning stands at 6-12 overall and 3-7 in the division.
 
In game one, the score was tied at 1-1 after the first inning, and remained deadlocked until the fifth. In the home half of the inning, Corning put up five runs to take control. Corning added two more in the sixth, and even though TC3 plated two in the seventh, the home team finished with the comfortable win.
 
In game two the Panthers trailed 3-1 after four innings, but scored five in the fifth to take the lead. Another run in the sixth made it 7-3 and gave the Panthers a cushion heading into the final frame. Corning plated three in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t score the tying run.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win, working into the seventh inning and allowing just two earned runs. Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) came into the game in the seventh and closed out the win for the save.
 
Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had three hits and an RBI on the day.
 
The Panthers host Niagara County Community College for a doubleheader Saturday.


Panthers Win Streak Reaches Six
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team ran its season-long winning streak to six games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Corning Community College. The Panthers won by scores of 9-8 and 8-5 to improve to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in the West Division. Corning drops to 5-11 overall and 2-6 in the division.
 
The Panthers used a balanced attack in game one, with all nine starters reaching base via a hit or hit by pitch. Eight different Panthers collected at least one hit, led by Nixon Pena (Gorge Washington H.S./Harlem) going 3-for-4 with three RBI and Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) going 2-for-3. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) earned the win on the mound, striking out seven as he improves to 3-0 on the season.
 
Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) took the mound in game two. The sophomore tossed the complete game, allowing just one earned run while benefiting from three double plays turned behind him. Munoz had another big game at the plate, going 3-for-4. Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) each went 2-for-3 as the Panthers built a 7-2 lead after four innings before closing out the win.
 
The two teams square off again Thursday at Corning.


Panthers Win Streak Reaches Six
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team ran its season-long winning streak to six games Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Corning Community College. The Panthers won by scores of 9-8 and 8-5 to improve to 11-7 overall and 6-2 in the West Division. Corning drops to 5-11 overall and 2-6 in the division.
 
The Panthers used a balanced attack in game one, with all nine starters reaching base via a hit or hit by pitch. Eight different Panthers collected at least one hit, led by Nixon Pena (Gorge Washington H.S./Harlem) going 3-for-4 with three RBI and Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) going 2-for-3. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) earned the win on the mound, striking out seven as he improves to 3-0 on the season.
 
Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) took the mound in game two. The sophomore tossed the complete game, allowing just one earned run while benefiting from three double plays turned behind him. Munoz had another big game at the plate, going 3-for-4. Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) each went 2-for-3 as the Panthers built a 7-2 lead after four innings before closing out the win.
 
The two teams square off again Thursday at Corning.


Panthers Earn Wild Sweep
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Thursday, April 05, 2012

The fans that braved the bitter cold at the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball field for the Panthers' doubleheader with Alfred State College Thursday were treated to two extremes. Game one was a classic pitchers' duel that saw great performances from both starting pitchers en route to a 13-inning marathon won by the Panthers 3-2. The nightcap featured plenty of offense for the home team as TC3 won 10-0 in a game that ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule. With the sweep, TC3 is now 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the West Division. Alfred State falls to 3-13 overall and 2-5 in the division.
 
In the opener, TC3's Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Alfred State's Garrett Hoag kept the bats quiet. The visitors managed a run in the third, helped by a pair of TC3 errors, and lead 1-0 into the sixth. In the home half of the sixth, Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led off with a double, just the fourth hit of the day for the Panthers. Smith moved to third on a wild pitch and came in to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem). Both starters kept putting up zeros until the ninth, when Alfred State threatened to blow the game open.
 
A lead-off walk was followed by an error, putting two runners on base with no outs. A single scored one run to make it 2-1, and after a bunt, the Pioneers had two runners in scoring position with one out. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Watkins was able to induce a grounder back to the mound, which he turned into a 1-2-3 double play and leave the score at 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth.
 
In the home half of the inning, Hoag struck out the first two Panthers, leaving the home team down to its last out. An error kept the inning alive, and Smith followed with a long triple to score the tying run and keep the game going.
 
Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) came on in relief for the Panthers with the chance to be a hero, and didn't disappoint. On the mound he kept the visitors off the scoreboard through 13, and in the bottom of the 13th he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. A clean single scored Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), making the Panthers winners of the longest game of the season.
 
Smith was the star at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double and a triple. Burns earned the win with three innings of scoreless work, allowing just one hit. While neither starter earned a decision, both pitched very well. Alfred State's Hoag left after nine innings and Watkins lasted one inning longer. Watkins allowed no earned runs on five hits while striking out eight. Hoag allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out nine.
 
In game two, the Panthers needed just one inning to match the run total from the 13-inning game one. The Panthers added a run in the second and two more in the fifth before ending it with four runs in the sixth.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) had a big game from the top of the lineup, going 4-for-4. Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) went 2-for-4. Flores picked up the win, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
 
The Panthers, winners of four straight, will take the weekend off before hosting Corning Community College Tuesday.


Panthers Earn Wild Sweep
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Thursday, April 05, 2012

The fans that braved the bitter cold at the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball field for the Panthers' doubleheader with Alfred State College Thursday were treated to two extremes. Game one was a classic pitchers' duel that saw great performances from both starting pitchers en route to a 13-inning marathon won by the Panthers 3-2. The nightcap featured plenty of offense for the home team as TC3 won 10-0 in a game that ended in the sixth inning due to the 10-run rule. With the sweep, TC3 is now 9-7 overall and 4-2 in the West Division. Alfred State falls to 3-13 overall and 2-5 in the division.
 
In the opener, TC3's Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Alfred State's Garrett Hoag kept the bats quiet. The visitors managed a run in the third, helped by a pair of TC3 errors, and lead 1-0 into the sixth. In the home half of the sixth, Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led off with a double, just the fourth hit of the day for the Panthers. Smith moved to third on a wild pitch and came in to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly from Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem). Both starters kept putting up zeros until the ninth, when Alfred State threatened to blow the game open.
 
A lead-off walk was followed by an error, putting two runners on base with no outs. A single scored one run to make it 2-1, and after a bunt, the Pioneers had two runners in scoring position with one out. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Watkins was able to induce a grounder back to the mound, which he turned into a 1-2-3 double play and leave the score at 2-1 going into the bottom of the ninth.
 
In the home half of the inning, Hoag struck out the first two Panthers, leaving the home team down to its last out. An error kept the inning alive, and Smith followed with a long triple to score the tying run and keep the game going.
 
Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) came on in relief for the Panthers with the chance to be a hero, and didn't disappoint. On the mound he kept the visitors off the scoreboard through 13, and in the bottom of the 13th he came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. A clean single scored Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), making the Panthers winners of the longest game of the season.
 
Smith was the star at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double and a triple. Burns earned the win with three innings of scoreless work, allowing just one hit. While neither starter earned a decision, both pitched very well. Alfred State's Hoag left after nine innings and Watkins lasted one inning longer. Watkins allowed no earned runs on five hits while striking out eight. Hoag allowed one earned run on eight hits while striking out nine.
 
In game two, the Panthers needed just one inning to match the run total from the 13-inning game one. The Panthers added a run in the second and two more in the fifth before ending it with four runs in the sixth.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) had a big game from the top of the lineup, going 4-for-4. Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) went 2-for-4. Flores picked up the win, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
 
The Panthers, winners of four straight, will take the weekend off before hosting Corning Community College Tuesday.


Panthers Sweep Alfred State, 6-1 and 11-5
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep at Alfred State College Tuesday, winning 6-1 and 11-5. The wins even TC3's overall record at 7-7 and the West Division mark at 2-2. Alfred State falls to 3-11 overall and 2-3 in the division.
 
Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) pitched the Panthers to the win in game one, scattering six hits while striking out two over the complete game. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) paced the offense from the leadoff spot by going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI, two runs scored, and three stolen bases. As a team TC3 stole eight bases in game one, with five other Panthers each swiping one.
 
In game two the Panthers rapped out 14 hits while leading the entire game. Catino again was the spark at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) also was 2-for-4 while adding four RBI. Smith, Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) each had two hits, with Rowe knocking his second double of the day. Whitt swiped three bases as part of a nine-steal game for the Panthers.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs. Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) closed out the win with two innings of work, allowing one run.
 
The two teams square off Thursday at TC3 for the final two games of the four-game series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.


Panthers Sweep Alfred State, 6-1 and 11-5
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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team picked up a doubleheader sweep at Alfred State College Tuesday, winning 6-1 and 11-5. The wins even TC3's overall record at 7-7 and the West Division mark at 2-2. Alfred State falls to 3-11 overall and 2-3 in the division.
 
Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) pitched the Panthers to the win in game one, scattering six hits while striking out two over the complete game. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) paced the offense from the leadoff spot by going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI, two runs scored, and three stolen bases. As a team TC3 stole eight bases in game one, with five other Panthers each swiping one.
 
In game two the Panthers rapped out 14 hits while leading the entire game. Catino again was the spark at the top of the lineup, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) also was 2-for-4 while adding four RBI. Smith, Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx), Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn), and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) each had two hits, with Rowe knocking his second double of the day. Whitt swiped three bases as part of a nine-steal game for the Panthers.
 
Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) earned the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing just two earned runs. Jim Burns (Union Springs H.S./Aurelius) closed out the win with two innings of work, allowing one run.
 
The two teams square off Thursday at TC3 for the final two games of the four-game series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.


Sunday, April 01, 2012

Panthers Swept in Division Opener
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team had a tall order in its West Division opener Saturday; hosting the #6-ranked team in the nation, Erie Community College. The visitors showed why they're so highly regarded, beating the Panthers 8-3 and 10-0. The losses drop TC3's overall record to 5-7 while Erie improves to 12-6.
 
Erie set the tone for the day early, jumping to a 4-0 lead before TC3 could plate its first run in the bottom of the third. The visitors added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to lead 8-1 heading into the last inning. In the bottom of the seventh, TC3 scored twice but could get no closer than 8-3.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), and Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) each had two hits to pace the Panthers in game one.
 
The nightcap was all Erie in all aspects of the game; the visitors scored ten and TC3 was shutout for the first time since 2009. Erie pounded 11 hits and scored in four of the five innings while the Panthers managed just three hits. The loss also was the first game this year Catino was held hitless, snapping an 11-game streak this year and a 19-game streak that extended back to last season.
 
TC3 and Erie are scheduled to play a doubleheader in Buffalo Sunday.


Panthers Swept in Division Opener
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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team had a tall order in its West Division opener Saturday; hosting the #6-ranked team in the nation, Erie Community College. The visitors showed why they're so highly regarded, beating the Panthers 8-3 and 10-0. The losses drop TC3's overall record to 5-7 while Erie improves to 12-6.
 
Erie set the tone for the day early, jumping to a 4-0 lead before TC3 could plate its first run in the bottom of the third. The visitors added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to lead 8-1 heading into the last inning. In the bottom of the seventh, TC3 scored twice but could get no closer than 8-3.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn), Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem), and Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) each had two hits to pace the Panthers in game one.
 
The nightcap was all Erie in all aspects of the game; the visitors scored ten and TC3 was shutout for the first time since 2009. Erie pounded 11 hits and scored in four of the five innings while the Panthers managed just three hits. The loss also was the first game this year Catino was held hitless, snapping an 11-game streak this year and a 19-game streak that extended back to last season.
 
TC3 and Erie are scheduled to play a doubleheader in Buffalo Sunday.


Panthers Sweep IC JV, 7-5 and 11-2
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Strong pitching and timely hitting helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of the Ithaca College JV Thursday, 7-5 and 11-2. The wins even TC3's record at 5-5 on the year.
 
In game one, TC3 trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) started the rally with a single. After a walk to Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn), Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) singled to make the score 5-2. A strikeout later, Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) singled to load the bases and pinch-hitter Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) came through with a clutch single to score two and make it 5-4. After Martinez stole second to set up second and third, consecutive wild pitches brought home two more Panther runs to make it 6-5 in favor of the home team. Back-to-back walks and an RBI single by Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) made it a 7-5 lead for the Panthers heading into the last inning. In the seventh, Ithaca managed one base runner before pitcher Flores struck out the final batter to end the game.
 
Flores pitched the complete game, allowing five hits and no earned runs while striking out five. At the plate Flores was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Catino and Munoz also ended the game with two hits apiece.
 
Game two lacked the drama of the opener, as TC3 jumped ahead by scoring four runs in both the first and second innings. The score was 10-1 after three innings before the scoring slowed down and the home team cruised to the win. Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) tossed the complete game, allowing no earned runs on five hits while striking out three. Catino, Flores, Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem), and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits with Flores leading the way with three RBI.
 
TC3 opens West Division play Saturday with a home doubleheader against Erie Community College.


Panthers Sweep IC JV, 7-5 and 11-2
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Strong pitching and timely hitting helped the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of the Ithaca College JV Thursday, 7-5 and 11-2. The wins even TC3's record at 5-5 on the year.
 
In game one, TC3 trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Yordy Munoz (Central Park East H.S./Harlem) started the rally with a single. After a walk to Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn), Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) singled to make the score 5-2. A strikeout later, Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) singled to load the bases and pinch-hitter Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) came through with a clutch single to score two and make it 5-4. After Martinez stole second to set up second and third, consecutive wild pitches brought home two more Panther runs to make it 6-5 in favor of the home team. Back-to-back walks and an RBI single by Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) made it a 7-5 lead for the Panthers heading into the last inning. In the seventh, Ithaca managed one base runner before pitcher Flores struck out the final batter to end the game.
 
Flores pitched the complete game, allowing five hits and no earned runs while striking out five. At the plate Flores was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Catino and Munoz also ended the game with two hits apiece.
 
Game two lacked the drama of the opener, as TC3 jumped ahead by scoring four runs in both the first and second innings. The score was 10-1 after three innings before the scoring slowed down and the home team cruised to the win. Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) tossed the complete game, allowing no earned runs on five hits while striking out three. Catino, Flores, Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem), and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn) each had two hits with Flores leading the way with three RBI.
 
TC3 opens West Division play Saturday with a home doubleheader against Erie Community College.


Panthers Split DH with Ithaca College JV
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Monday, March 26, 2012

A strong outing from starting pitcher Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a big win in the first game of a doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV Monday, but the Panthers couldn't keep the momentum going in a game two loss. The Panthers took game one 12-1 before dropping the second game 12-8. The Panthers are now 3-5 on the year.
 
Playing in brutally cold conditions on the Ithaca College campus, it didn’t take long for the TC3 offense to warm up. The Panthers scored four runs in the top of the first and extended the led to 6-0 with a pair in the third. After Ithaca got a run in the fourth, TC3 plated two more in the fifth and four in the sixth to end the game by the ten-run rule.
 
Smith enjoyed his best outing on the mound this year, tossing a complete game, allowing just five hits while striking out three. Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) was a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI and a stolen base to lead the offense. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, and Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored. Eight different Panthers had hits as part of TC3's 14-hit attack.
 
The nightcap was a different story, as TC3 struggled to keep the lead. TC3 opened the game with three runs in the top of the first and two in the second, but Ithaca answered with two in the first and three in the second to tie the game at 5-5. The Bombers took the lead with a run in the bottom of the third, but TC3 came back with three runs in the fourth and held the lead at 8-6 heading into the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth Ithaca scored a run to cut the lead to one run, and then the Bombers exploded for five in the sixth to make it 12-8. When TC3 had no answer in the seventh, the Panthers had its third straight doubleheader split off.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) continued his hot start to the season with a 2-for-5 performance that included a double, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. Catino has hit safely in all eight TC3 games this season, and 16 straight when going back to the end of last season.


Panthers Split DH with Ithaca College JV
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Monday, March 26, 2012

A strong outing from starting pitcher Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) led the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team to a big win in the first game of a doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV Monday, but the Panthers couldn't keep the momentum going in a game two loss. The Panthers took game one 12-1 before dropping the second game 12-8. The Panthers are now 3-5 on the year.
 
Playing in brutally cold conditions on the Ithaca College campus, it didn’t take long for the TC3 offense to warm up. The Panthers scored four runs in the top of the first and extended the led to 6-0 with a pair in the third. After Ithaca got a run in the fourth, TC3 plated two more in the fifth and four in the sixth to end the game by the ten-run rule.
 
Smith enjoyed his best outing on the mound this year, tossing a complete game, allowing just five hits while striking out three. Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) was a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI and a stolen base to lead the offense. Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs, and Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) added a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored. Eight different Panthers had hits as part of TC3's 14-hit attack.
 
The nightcap was a different story, as TC3 struggled to keep the lead. TC3 opened the game with three runs in the top of the first and two in the second, but Ithaca answered with two in the first and three in the second to tie the game at 5-5. The Bombers took the lead with a run in the bottom of the third, but TC3 came back with three runs in the fourth and held the lead at 8-6 heading into the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth Ithaca scored a run to cut the lead to one run, and then the Bombers exploded for five in the sixth to make it 12-8. When TC3 had no answer in the seventh, the Panthers had its third straight doubleheader split off.
 
Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) continued his hot start to the season with a 2-for-5 performance that included a double, a stolen base, a run scored, and an RBI. Catino has hit safely in all eight TC3 games this season, and 16 straight when going back to the end of last season.


Dramatic Win for Panthers
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

A trio of clutch hits in the bottom of the last inning gave the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team a dramatic win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV Thursday. After taking game one 2-1, the Panthers dropped the second game 6-4 to leave the season's record at 2-4.
 
TC3 pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was sharp in game one, not allowing a base runner until two outs in the fourth inning. Over the same time, TC3 put four runners on, but couldn’t advance past first base. In the fifth, Ithaca put together a pair of singles to lead off the inning, and moved both runners with a bunt. The game's first run scored on a ground out, and Watkins ended the threat by inducing another ground out for the third out. Both teams went down in order in the sixth, sending it to the seventh at 1-0. In the top of the frame, Ithaca opened with a double and a walk, and both runners advance on a groundout. An intentional walk loaded the bases before Watkins came up big with a strikeout for the second out. The final out came on a grounder to second, keeping the home team within one heading to the last at bat.
 
After a lead-off out in the bottom of the seventh made it 11 straight Panthers set down, Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) singled sharply up the middle to start the rally. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) followed with a long at bat, finally driving a double into the right-center gap, scoring Flores with the tying run. After pinch-runner Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) replaced Pena, Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) came to the plate. After an outstanding 11-pitch at bat, De La Cruz finally drove a ball into the right-center gap, scoring Martinez with the game-winner. Watkins got the win, allowing just four hits and striking out three. The Panthers played error-free behind him, with 18 of the 21 outs recorded in the infield.
 
In game two Ithaca jumped out with two runs in the first, but the Panthers evened it with a pair in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to doubles by Flores, De La Cruz, and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn). Both teams threatened in the fifth and sixth – TC3 loaded the bases in both innings – but neither could break the tie heading into the seventh. In the seventh, Ithaca rapped out five hits and took advantage of a TC3 error to extend the inning and plate four runs to led 6-2.
 
In the bottom of the inning, Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) led off with a single. An out, an error, and a hit batsman later left the bases loaded for De La Cruz. A groundball and another error plated two runs and left the Panthers with the tying runs in scoring position, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat and the game.
 
Whitt and Roe each had two hits for the Panthers. Tyler Cowen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings.
 
TC3 and IC face off again Monday, this time on Ithaca's South Hill campus.


Dramatic Win for Panthers
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

A trio of clutch hits in the bottom of the last inning gave the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team a dramatic win in the opener of a doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV Thursday. After taking game one 2-1, the Panthers dropped the second game 6-4 to leave the season's record at 2-4.
 
TC3 pitcher Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) was sharp in game one, not allowing a base runner until two outs in the fourth inning. Over the same time, TC3 put four runners on, but couldn’t advance past first base. In the fifth, Ithaca put together a pair of singles to lead off the inning, and moved both runners with a bunt. The game's first run scored on a ground out, and Watkins ended the threat by inducing another ground out for the third out. Both teams went down in order in the sixth, sending it to the seventh at 1-0. In the top of the frame, Ithaca opened with a double and a walk, and both runners advance on a groundout. An intentional walk loaded the bases before Watkins came up big with a strikeout for the second out. The final out came on a grounder to second, keeping the home team within one heading to the last at bat.
 
After a lead-off out in the bottom of the seventh made it 11 straight Panthers set down, Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) singled sharply up the middle to start the rally. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) followed with a long at bat, finally driving a double into the right-center gap, scoring Flores with the tying run. After pinch-runner Manny Martinez (Satellite Academy/Harlem) replaced Pena, Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) came to the plate. After an outstanding 11-pitch at bat, De La Cruz finally drove a ball into the right-center gap, scoring Martinez with the game-winner. Watkins got the win, allowing just four hits and striking out three. The Panthers played error-free behind him, with 18 of the 21 outs recorded in the infield.
 
In game two Ithaca jumped out with two runs in the first, but the Panthers evened it with a pair in the bottom of the fourth, thanks to doubles by Flores, De La Cruz, and Brian Roe (Auburn H.S./Auburn). Both teams threatened in the fifth and sixth – TC3 loaded the bases in both innings – but neither could break the tie heading into the seventh. In the seventh, Ithaca rapped out five hits and took advantage of a TC3 error to extend the inning and plate four runs to led 6-2.
 
In the bottom of the inning, Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) led off with a single. An out, an error, and a hit batsman later left the bases loaded for De La Cruz. A groundball and another error plated two runs and left the Panthers with the tying runs in scoring position, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat and the game.
 
Whitt and Roe each had two hits for the Panthers. Tyler Cowen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings.
 
TC3 and IC face off again Monday, this time on Ithaca's South Hill campus.


Panthers Earns Split with Jefferson
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Playing at home for the first time this year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team showed its resolve, bouncing back from a defeat to earn a doubleheader split with Jefferson Community College Wednesday. The Panthers dropped a sloppy game one, 18-9, before winning the second game, 7-6. TC3 is now 1-3 on the season while Jefferson is 2-12. It was the first time this year each team has faced off against a fellow Division III opponent.
 
In the opener, TC3 took a 2-0 lead in the first on doubles by Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). Jefferson answered with a run in the second, three in the third, and another in the fourth to lead 5-2. TC3 tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on doubles by Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and singles from Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Smith. The Panthers reclaimed the lead in the next inning, with Watkins driving in a run to make it 6-5 after five innings. That's when the wheels fell off as Jefferson scored 11 runs on seven hits, two walks, and five TC3 errors in the sixth inning. The home team never recovered as the final ended up 18-9.
 
Smith led the offense by going 4-for-5 with two of the team's six doubles. Watkins, Catino, and Flores each had two hits as the Panthers pounded out 15 for the game.
 
In game two, starting pitcher Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) set the tone in the top of the first by setting down the Cannoneers in order. In the bottom of the inning, the first four hitters all reached base and all came around to score and give TC3 a 4-0 lead. Jefferson scored a run in the top of the second, but TC3 answered in the bottom to make it 5-1. Jefferson cut it to 5-2 in the third, and after a scoreless fourth, the visitors scored three runs in the fifth to tie the score at 5-5. In the bottom of the frame, Whitt led off with a walk, stole second, and came around to score on a double by Flores. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) followed with a single to score Flores to make it 7-5 after five. Another Jefferson run in the sixth made it a one-run game, but Dahm came up big in the seventh, setting down Jefferson's 2-3-4 hitters in order to seal the win.
 
Catino, Whitt, and Flores each had two hits in the second game. Dahm earned the win while striking out three.
 
TC3 is home Tuesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV.


Panthers Earns Split with Jefferson
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Playing at home for the first time this year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team showed its resolve, bouncing back from a defeat to earn a doubleheader split with Jefferson Community College Wednesday. The Panthers dropped a sloppy game one, 18-9, before winning the second game, 7-6. TC3 is now 1-3 on the season while Jefferson is 2-12. It was the first time this year each team has faced off against a fellow Division III opponent.
 
In the opener, TC3 took a 2-0 lead in the first on doubles by Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) and a single by Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx). Jefferson answered with a run in the second, three in the third, and another in the fourth to lead 5-2. TC3 tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on doubles by Saul De La Cruz (George Washington H.S./Harlem) and Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and singles from Brandon Watkins (Cortland H.S./Cortland) and Smith. The Panthers reclaimed the lead in the next inning, with Watkins driving in a run to make it 6-5 after five innings. That's when the wheels fell off as Jefferson scored 11 runs on seven hits, two walks, and five TC3 errors in the sixth inning. The home team never recovered as the final ended up 18-9.
 
Smith led the offense by going 4-for-5 with two of the team's six doubles. Watkins, Catino, and Flores each had two hits as the Panthers pounded out 15 for the game.
 
In game two, starting pitcher Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) set the tone in the top of the first by setting down the Cannoneers in order. In the bottom of the inning, the first four hitters all reached base and all came around to score and give TC3 a 4-0 lead. Jefferson scored a run in the top of the second, but TC3 answered in the bottom to make it 5-1. Jefferson cut it to 5-2 in the third, and after a scoreless fourth, the visitors scored three runs in the fifth to tie the score at 5-5. In the bottom of the frame, Whitt led off with a walk, stole second, and came around to score on a double by Flores. Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) followed with a single to score Flores to make it 7-5 after five. Another Jefferson run in the sixth made it a one-run game, but Dahm came up big in the seventh, setting down Jefferson's 2-3-4 hitters in order to seal the win.
 
Catino, Whitt, and Flores each had two hits in the second game. Dahm earned the win while striking out three.
 
TC3 is home Tuesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader with the Ithaca College JV.


Panthers Open Season at D-II Morris
Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team took the field for the first time Saturday, playing at County College of Morris, a Division II team in New Jersey. After losing the opener 7-1, TC3 took the home team to extra innings in the nightcap before falling 6-5. Morris improves to 7-4 with the wins.
 
In the opener, TC3 struggled to come up with clutch hits. The Panthers outhit Morris 8-6, but couldn't score until Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) drove in Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) in the seventh. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 3-for-4 t the plate in game one, while Dahm and Pena each finished the game 2-for-3.
 
The second game saw the Panthers rally from behind twice to force extra innings. Down 1-0 after the first inning, TC3 scored twice in the second and two more times in the third to lead 4-1. Morris responded with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to tie it at 4-4. Another Morris run in the sixth put TC3 down 5-4 heading into the seventh. In the top of the seventh, Dahm singled and eventually came around to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland). Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came on in relief and held Morris off the board in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extra frames. After TC3 was unable to score, Morris took advantage of a TC3 error and a hit batsman to score the game-winner with two outs.
 
TC3 again outhit Morris in the second game, this time 7-5. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) went 2-for-3 and Catino went 2-for-4 to pace the attack.
 
TC3 is home Wednesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader with Jefferson Community College.


Panthers Open Season at D-II Morris

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball team took the field for the first time Saturday, playing at County College of Morris, a Division II team in New Jersey. After losing the opener 7-1, TC3 took the home team to extra innings in the nightcap before falling 6-5. Morris improves to 7-4 with the wins.
 
In the opener, TC3 struggled to come up with clutch hits. The Panthers outhit Morris 8-6, but couldn't score until Kyle Dahm (Maine-Endwell H.S./Maine) drove in Nixon Pena (George Washington H.S./Harlem) in the seventh. Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 3-for-4 t the plate in game one, while Dahm and Pena each finished the game 2-for-3.
 
The second game saw the Panthers rally from behind twice to force extra innings. Down 1-0 after the first inning, TC3 scored twice in the second and two more times in the third to lead 4-1. Morris responded with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to tie it at 4-4. Another Morris run in the sixth put TC3 down 5-4 heading into the seventh. In the top of the seventh, Dahm singled and eventually came around to score the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Tony Whitt (Cortland H.S./Cortland). Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) came on in relief and held Morris off the board in the bottom of the seventh, sending the game into extra frames. After TC3 was unable to score, Morris took advantage of a TC3 error and a hit batsman to score the game-winner with two outs.
 
TC3 again outhit Morris in the second game, this time 7-5. Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) went 2-for-3 and Catino went 2-for-4 to pace the attack.
 
TC3 is home Wednesday with a 2 p.m. doubleheader with Jefferson Community College.


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2012 Men's Baseball Schedule
Date/Time
Opponent/Location
Results
Sat 03/17
1 p.m.
CC of Morris (N.J.)
Randolph, N.J.
Sat 03/17
2 p.m.
CC of Morris (N.J.)
Randolph, N.J.
Wed 03/21
2 p.m.
Jefferson CC
Home
Wed 03/21
4 p.m.
Jefferson CC
Home
Thu 03/22
2 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Home
Thu 03/22
3 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Home
Mon 03/26
2 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Ithaca
Mon 03/26
2 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Ithaca
Thu 03/29
2 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Home
Thu 03/29
3 p.m.
Ithaca College JV
Home
Sat 03/31
1 p.m.
Erie CC
Home
Sat 03/31
3 p.m.
Erie CC
Home
Sun 04/01
Erie CC
Buffalo
Tue 04/03
2 p.m.
Alfred State College
Alfred
Tue 04/03
3 p.m.
Alfred State College
Alfred
Thu 04/05
2 p.m.
Alfred State College
Home
Thu 04/05
4 p.m.
Alfred State College
Home
Tue 04/10
2 p.m.
Corning CC
Home
Tue 04/10
2 p.m.
Corning CC
Home
Thu 04/12
2 p.m.
Corning CC
Corning
Thu 04/12
2 p.m.
Corning CC
Corning
Sat 04/14
1 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Home
Sat 04/14
1 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Home
Sun 04/15
1 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Sun 04/15
1 p.m.
Niagara County CC
Sanborn
Tue 04/17
3 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Tue 04/17
4 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Jamestown
Thu 04/19
2 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Home
Thu 04/19
2 p.m.
Jamestown CC
Home
Sat 04/21
Onondaga CC
Syracuse
Sun 04/22
Onondaga CC
Home
Tue 04/24
Finger Lakes CC
Canandaigua
Thu 04/26
2 p.m.
Finger Lakes CC
Home
Thu 04/26
2 p.m.
Finger Lakes CC
Home
Sat 04/28
1 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Sat 04/28
2 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Binghamton
Sun 04/29
1 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Home
Sun 04/29
2 p.m.
SUNY Broome
Home
Mon 04/30
2 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Syracuse
Mon 04/30
3 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Syracuse
Thu 05/03
2 p.m.
Onondaga CC
Home
Thu 05/03
4 p.m.
Onondaga CC
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