CORTLAND N.Y. – Thirteenth-ranked Cortland needed a six-run seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie in order to complete a sweep of Oswego State (14-17, 5-7 SUNYAC) on Tuesday. Cortland (24-7-1, 10-2) took game one, 13-2, and then used the late rally to claim game two, 13-5.
Falling behind 5-0 early in game two, the Lakers scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to close the gap against the Red Dragons.
A pair of walks and David Mazzullo (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases without an out in the top of the fourth.
Facing a new pitcher, Alex Jurczynski (Jr., Schenectady, N.Y.) sent a ball into right field. The ball was caught, but Mike Stark (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) was able to score the first run of the inning.
Mazzullo scored on a wild pitch before Ed Charles (Auburn, N.Y.) hit a two-out single, but the inning ended with two runners left on base.
The top of the fifth included more Laker offense. A single by Andrew Lazzaro (Jr., Oswego, N.Y.) and a double down the left field line by Scott Buniak (So., Clifton Park, N.Y.) opened the frame. Back-to-back groundouts by Stark and Mazzullo brought in the two runners and cut the lead to 5-4.
Oswego State continued the comeback tying the game in the top of the seventh. Matt Miller (Sr., Montoursville, Pa. ) did the damage with a home run down the left field line.
The tie was short-lived though. Cortland hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the seventh and rallied to score six runs on six hits and two Laker errors. Cortland added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to round out the win.
Jurczynski finished 2-for-3 at the plate to pace the Lakers, while Adam Bishop (Jr., Camillus, N.Y.) took the loss with four strikeouts and four earned runs in 6.1 innings.
In game one, the Lakers fell behind 8-0 before scoring lone runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings.
Brian Hamilton (Fr., Liverpool, N.Y.) hit a two-out single in the fifth inning and following an error, scored on a single by Charles.
In the sixth inning, Steve Roman (Sr., Middletown, N.Y.) singled and scored on a single by Buniak for the final Laker run of the game.
Charles and Miller each had two hits in the game one, while Brady Farkas (Sr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) took the loss with one strikeout in 3.2 innings on the mound.