Laker Softball Can’t Pull Off Big Comeback

CORTLAND, N.Y. – A two-out, five-run Oswego State softball rally in the top of the seventh nearly completed an improbable comeback, but the Lakers (16-24) saw their season end after a 10-8 loss to Brockport (26-14) at the SUNYAC Championships Thursday afternoon.

Brockport exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth of a tie game to go ahead, 10-3, as Oswego State erupted for five runs in its final at-bat.

Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) kicked off the game with a lead-off triple into center field, and touched home plate when Brittany Carbacio (Sr., Pennellville, N.Y.) popped a bunt over the pitcher’s head for an RBI single.

The Lakers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Brooke Radley (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) started the frame with a home run to center.

Brockport cut the deficit in half during its next at-bat when a Brianna Ferchen walk resulted in a run after she stole second and scored on a Julie Arnold RBI single.

The Golden Eagles added runs in the third and fourth frames following sacrifice fly from Amy Nowak and an RBI single from Meghan Power to take their first lead of the game at 3-2.

In the sixth inning, Brooke Radley (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) laced a single into center field, but the ball got past the outfielder to bring around Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) from first base to tie the contest.

Brockport broke open the game with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth on two outs. Radley caught a foul ball behind home plate to give the Lakers two outs with the bases full of Golden Eagles. However, Jenna Yates singled up the middle to bring in two runners. Emily Dumas followed up with a two-RBI single of her own, but the final blow of the inning came after Amy Nowak hit a two-run homer to make the score 10-3.

Nicole Ouellette (Jr., Castleton, N.Y.) started the seventh with a walk, but was thrown out at second base after a ground ball was hit to the shortstop. The next Laker batter delivered an infield fly to record two outs.

Carbacio led the comeback with a single through the left side of the infield to move Katie Bredin (So., Oneonta, N.Y.) into scoring position. Apps produced an RBI single to right field followed by a Snyder single to load the bases.

Sue Schoff (Jr., Little Falls, N.Y.) kept the rally alive with a two-RBI hit into left field to bring the score to 10-6.

Brockport brought in Jean Farrell to pitch in a save situation as the tying run was on deck. Radley registered the fifth consecutive base hit on a 3-2 count with a double into the gap in right center to plate Snyder and Schoff, who was tagged at home, but the catcher was unable to hang on to the ball.

Oswego State brought the tying run to the plate, but Farrell recorded the final out on a strikeout to end the game.

Radley was the top offensive player for the Lakers, as she went 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored. Carbacio and Apps also tallied two hits, an RBI, and a run scored.

Snyder suffered the complete-game loss after allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and eight walks, while striking out three.

Brockport was led by Yates, Power, and Arnold, who each had two hits. Erin Fleming picked up the win after giving up seven earned runs on ten hits and a pair of walks over 6.2 innings.