Buffalo State tops Oswego State softball team

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team (4-9, 1-2 SUNYAC) was unable to match Buffalo State’s (8-7, 3-2) offense in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader as the Lakers fell 10-4. Game two of the doubleheader proved to be a slugfest, but the game was suspended due to darkness after the fifth inning as the Bengals held a 14-10 lead.

Breanna Fenski put Buffalo State on the board in the opening frame when she hit a two-run homerun to center, but Oswego State tied it up in the bottom of the first when Brooke Radley (Sr., Pulaski, N.Y.) singled up the middle to plate Tori Trovato (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) and Katie Bredin (Jr., Oneonta, N.Y.).

The Bengals capitalized on a pair of Laker errors in the third, and turned four hits into three earned runs in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead. Buffalo State continued to capitalize on its chances in the seventh when it scored three more runs. Oswego State mounted a late rally Alexis Nasca (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) and Katie Dobkowski (Jr., Liverpool, N.Y.) came around to score after producing singles, but the Lakers fell short in the end.

Buffalo State’s Maddie Coneys picked up the win after allowing one earned run over five innings to go along with six strikeouts. Alexis Nasca (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) surrendered five earned runs in 3.1 innings to earn the loss, while Sarah Thayer (Sr., Winthrop, N.Y.) gave up three earned runs in the final 3.2 innings.

In game two, Buffalo State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after pitcher Carly Knight helped her own cause with a solo homerun before scoring another run. As in game one, Oswego State answered right back when Trovato started off with a single to left field. Following walks to Sammie Schroeter (Jr., Schenectady, N.Y.) and Radley, Nasca drove in Trovato to load the bases before a Bengal throwing error a two separate wild pitches brought in three more Laker runs to make the score 4-2.

Buffalo State scored four runs in the second, all of which were unearned, but Trovato and Sue Schoff (Sr., Little Falls, N.Y.) each hit a solo homerun in the second and third innings to level the score at 6-6.

The Bengals scored three runs before leaving the bases loaded in the top of the fourth. However, Trovato struck again with a two-run homerun that scored Dobkowski. Later in the frame, Radley’s sacrifice fly into left field allowed Bredin to tag up from third to knot the game again.

A two-RBI single from Shelly Maggard highlighted a five-run fifth inning for Buffalo State, as four of the runs were unearned due to Laker defensive miscues. Oswego State mounted a two-out rally in bottom of the fifth that started with a pinch-hit walk from Nicole Ouellette (Sr., Castleton, N.Y.), who moved into scoring position after a Maureen Lenehan (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) single. Ouellette came around to score when Trovato drove in her fourth run of the game before the rally ended.

The Lakers took to the field to start the sixth inning, but the game was suspended due to darkness.

Oswego State looks forward to a doubleheader against Fredonia tomorrow (April 6) at noon.