CAMDEN, N.J. – In its opening games of the 2013 season, the Oswego State baseball team (1-1) split a twinbill against Rutgers-Camden Saturday afternoon. The Scarlet Raptors (3-2) used a four-run eighth inning to take the lead late in the first game, holding on for a 7-4 win. The Lakers bounced back for an 8-7 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, the scoring started in the bottom half of the second inning, where Rutgers-Camden put three runs on the board due in part to two Oswego State errors.
Oswego State went on to score four unanswered runs over the next six innings. The Lakers tallied their first run of the game in the fourth inning after Alex Jurczynski (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.) doubled to left field and Tim Smith (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.) singled him home. Jurczynski also scored on a balk in the sixth inning to close the scoring margin to 3-2. The Lakers then took a 4-3 lead after the top of the eighth when Jurcyznski scored his third run of the day on a Brian Hamilton (So., Liverpool, N.Y.) sacrifice fly and Smith scored later in the inning on an Andrew Lazzaro (Sr., Oswego, N.Y.) groundout.
Rutgers-Camden responded in the bottom half of the eighth, rallying for four runs highlighted by a two-RBI triple by Adrian Gonzalez.
Dan Erne (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.) pitched six strong innings for the Lakers, allowing three runs, including two earned, and four hits while walking two batters. Jordan Giller (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) took the loss after allowing two runs in an inning and a third. Miles Kelly (Fr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) gave up two runs (one earned) in two-thirds of an inning.
In the second game, Oswego State held off a Rutgers-Camden comeback after play was suspended due to darkness after eight innings.
The Scarlet Raptors started out hot, scoring three runs right out of the gate in the bottom of the first. Oswego State answered back, scoring five runs on three hits in the top of the second. Tyler Baker (Jr., Hannibal, N.Y.) walked with the bases loaded followed by John Rauseo (So., Mattituck, N.Y.) bringing in two more runs with a double to left field. Runs were also scored in the inning on a sacrifice fly by Dan Karleski (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) and a RBI double by Smith.
The Lakers added three more runs in the fourth inning without putting together any hits. Rauseo and Forrester Wight (Jr., Watertown, N.Y.) scored on Scarlet Raptor errors, and Smith scored on a Michael Mascari (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) sacrifice fly.
Oswego State withstood four more Scarlet Raptor runs in the last four innings, including two in the eighth, to hold on for the one-run triumph.
James McKenna (Jr., Bohemia, N.Y.) picked up the win in relief, scattering five hits and allowing two runs over five and two-thirds innings. Pat Brown (Jr., Liverpool, N.Y.) pitched the final inning for Oswego State, allowing two runs while striking out two batters. Thor Miller (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) started the game for the Lakers, giving up three runs in 1.1 innings of work.
Oswego State travels to Ewing, N.J. to take on The College of New Jersey at 1 p.m. on Sunday.