Laker Bats Go Cold in Loss To Ithaca

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Playing its final home game of the regular season, the Oswego State baseball team (18-13) had trouble finding any offense to keep pace with Ithaca (27-6) in a 7-1 loss on Wednesday. The Lakers only managed six hits on the game after collecting 36 in a doubleheader against Cazenovia the previous day.

Oswego State took the early lead in the bottom of the second after Brian Hamilton (So., Liverpool, N.Y.) stole second base, advanced to third on an error by the shortstop and scored due to a misplay by the centerfielder. After allowing the run, Ithaca starter Pat Lemmo settled in to hold the Lakers scoreless for the next six innings.

Ithaca took the lead in the top of the third, scoring two runs on a sacrifice fly and a fielder’s choice. Tim Locastro doubled home Andrew Turner in the fifth to widen the deficit to 3-1. The Bombers added four runs, three of which being unearned, in the seventh to give Lemmo more breathing room and secure the win.

Hamilton had three of the Lakers’ six hits, while scoring their only run.  Oswego State starting pitcher Thor Miller (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.) went 6.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits, while dropping to 1-2 on the season.  Adam Bishop (Sr., Camillus, N.Y.), Ryan Donovan (Jr., Utica, N.Y.) and Pat Brown (Jr., Liverpool, N.Y.) combined for 2.2 innings, surrendering no earned runs.  Lemmo improved to 7-0, giving up just one earned run on five hits in eight innings.

Oswego State heads to Plattsburgh this weekend for a conference series with the Cardinals.  The first game is scheduled on Friday starting at 3 p.m.