CORTLAND, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team (16-22) played error-free defense and outhit Cortland (35-6), but the Lakers came up short in a 7-3 loss to the Red Dragons in the first game of the SUNYAC Championships Thursday morning.
Oswego State produced eight hits and committed no errors, while Cortland recorded seven hits, including two home runs, and five errors.
Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) led off the game with a double into left center, but was stranded at third base.
Lucia Meola followed suit for the home team in the first with an infield single. She moved around the diamond after a sacrifice bunt to advance to second, a ground ball to second base to advance to third, and scored on a wild pitch.
Cortland scored three runs in the second to go ahead 4-0. Jessica Harman laced a double into center field to drive in Cassie Kardias from first base. Harman was then tagged out a home plate after starting pitcher Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.) threw her out on a fielder’s choice.
Later in the frame, the Red Dragons had a pair of runners in scoring positions with two outs. Meola delivered the lethal blow with a two-RBI single into center field to give Cortland a 4-0 edge, and chase Thayer from the game.
Oswego State did not go away, though, as it scored runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings.
Laura Kahn (So., Cohocton, N.Y.) started the Laker rally in the third with a bunt single down the third base line. On the next play, Cortland failed to touch second base to give Oswego State runners on first and second with one out. Brittany Carbacio (Sr., Pennellville, N.Y.) laid down another bunt single to load the bases. Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) produced an RBI grounnd ball to bring in Kahn, but it would be the lone run of the stanza.
The Lakers capitalized on a pair of Cortland defensive miscues in the fourth resulting in Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) scoring to make it a two-run game.
Schroeter started the fifth with a single to center field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was tagged out on a ground ball to the left side. With two out, Snyder ripped a single to right field to plate Apps from second as it became a 4-3 game.
However, Meaghan Kohler hit a two-run home run to right field to give Cortland a three-run lead at the end of five innings.
Oswego State stranded runners on first and third in the sixth to end another scoring threat. Kayla Lynch tacked on an insurance run in the Red Dragon half of the inning with a solo shot to center field.
The Lakers went down in order in their last at-bat, as Cortland brought in its closer Morgan Kuhn.
Sarah Thayer suffered the loss after allowing four runs on four hits over 1.2 innings. Snyder gave up three runs on three hits over 4.1 innings. Lyndsay Rowell picked up the win in the circle, giving up three unearned runs on eight hits to go along with four strikeouts.
Schroeter paced Oswego State at the dish by going 3-for-4 with Apps and Snyder posting RBI. Meola went 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored for the Red Dragons.
The Lakers play Brockport at approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday. Top-seeded Cortland will play the loser of Geneseo/Buffalo State on Friday morning at 9.