Cortland, N.Y. – The No. 3-seeded Oswego State baseball team downed No. 2 Brockport 4-1 in its first game of the double-elimination SUNYAC Championship on Friday afternoon at Wallace Field on the campus of Cortland.
Oswego will now play the host and No. 1 Red Dragons of Cortland at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Lakers hold the season series 2-1 over the Red Dragons as the loser of Saturday’s matchup will play again at 4 p.m. while the winner will advance to play for the championship on Sunday.
Oswego was powered by Brendyn Karinchak’s fourth complete-game of the season. The junior threw nine-innings of one-run ball while striking out three Golden Eagles.
He needed just 106 pitches to go the distance.
At the plate, Tim Smith led the way with a 3-for-4 day, driving in a run and scoring another. Close behind was John Rauseo, who had hits in his first three at-bats and finished 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored.
Kyle Liner went 2-for-3 at the dish and had the Lakers’ other RBI in the contest. Senior Scott Buniak had Oswego’s other hit and crossed the plate once.
Dan Saccocio scored a run despite not having a hit by wreaking havoc on the base paths, stealing second before being knocked in by Smith.
Defensively, the Lakers were solid as well, completing three double plays on the day, all to end an inning.
The most important of the three most likely came in the Brockport fourth inning as it had runners on the corners with just one out with the game tied at 1-1. Brockport’s Pete Wilson sent a screaming line drive towards third base and Eric Hamilton snagged it for the first out, immediately throwing across the diamond to double up the Golden Eagle at first.
In both the sixth and seventh innings, Brockport had runners on first with one out before Karinchak induced a 1-6-3 and 6-4-3 double plays, respectively.
The Golden Eagles were on the board first with a run in the third but the Lakers answered with a single score in the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to ensure the victory.