SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The bats failed to come alive for the Oswego State softball team that dropped a pair of games, 16-2 in five innings and 7-0, to non-conference Union on Tuesday afternoon. The Lakers (9-16) registered four hits in each contest, but Union (16-10) pounded out a combined 23 hits for the sweep.
The home team saw a three-run lead in the first inning grow to seven runs after Lindsay Cohen hit a grand slam to chase starting Laker pitcher Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.) from the game.
Union tacked on four more runs in each of the second and third innings. Nina Cervini and Lauren Hoffman each recorded two-RBI base hits in the second, while Cohen and Hoffman added another RBI to their stats in the third giving the Dutchwomen a 15-0 lead.
Oswego State got on the board when Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) led off the fourth with a home run over the left field fence. Union responded with a solo homer of its own in the bottom half of the frame.
The Lakers plated another run in the fifth, but were unable to extend the game.
Thayer finished one-third inning allowing seven runs on five hits to suffer the loss. Danielle Groat (Fr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) worked the final 3.2 innings giving up nine runs on 12 hits, while walking three and fanning four. Amanda Blake picked up the win for Union scattering four hits and six strikeouts over five innings.
Game two started out as a pitchers’ duel through four innings until the Dutchwomen plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hoffman hit a sacrifice fly into center field before Erika Hillenbrand cleared the bases with a two-run home run.
Hoffman and Hillenbrand hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to make the score 7-0 in favor of the home team, as Oswego State could not get anything going. Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) was the only Laker to tally multiple hits in the game.
Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) picked up the loss after allowing seven runs in seven innings to go along with three strikeouts and walks. Allyson Staats registered the win with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Oswego State looks to get back in the win column on Thursday when it hosts Nazareth at 3:30 p.m.