Absolutely stunning. After so many years of being snakebit in the regionals, the Bombers survive. Jimmy Wagner closes it out, striking out Max Rosling with the bases loaded in the 9th inning.
Ithaca uses four pitchers the entire tournament, and they allow just seven runs, two earned. Ace Pat Lemmo is now 11-0, 1.44 after throwing seven great innings on TWO days rest. The Bombers make the gutsy call not to start Jimmy Wagner, who was 8-0, 3.00 before the regional, and use him to close three straight games. Works brilliantly.
While Cortland's pitching didn't falter (no one's did really), the losers' bracket proved too much to overcome. Great season for the Red Dragons, but Ithaca proved that the first two results weren't simply a matter of Cortland throwing off. Clearly, the Bombers were the better team.
Congratulations to Coach Valesente and the Bombers! On to Wisconsin!