Laker Softball Splits Twinbill With Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team maintained the pattern it has established versus conference opponents Friday at Buffalo State, as the Lakers lost game one, 11-1 in five innings, before coming back to win the second game, 3-1. Oswego State moved to 7-8 overall, matching last year’s win total, and 3-3 in league play. The Bengals moved to 11-7 overall and 4-2.

Buffalo State’s Kyrstin Lekki opened the game with a three-run homer to center field for the Bengals in the first inning.

In the second frame, Buffalo State scored two runs on an Oswego State miscue, which was immediately followed by a two-run double from Sam Strapason to put the Bengals in front 7-0.

The home team continued to roll in the third when four hits resulted in four runs to make the score 11-0.

Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) led off the fourth inning with a triple into the gap in right center field before touching home plate after Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) laced a base hit through the right side of the infield. However, that would be the only Laker run scored in the contest.

Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.) suffered the loss after throwing 2.2 innings. She allowed 11 runs, six of which were earned, to go along with eight hits, three walks, and one strikeout. Danielle Groat (Fr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) worked 1.1 innings in relief without surrendering a run and giving up two hits.

Maddie Coneys scattered four hits over five innings to go along with seven strikeouts and one walk for Buffalo State.

The loss did not damper the Lakers heading into game two, as Sue Schoff (Jr., Little Falls, N.Y.) put Oswego State on the scoreboard right away in the first inning. Schoff doubled to left center field to bring around Katie Bredin (So., Oneonta, N.Y.) from third after leading off the game with a walk.

Head coach Casey Price’s squad tacked on two more runs in the second to go ahead 3-0 courtesy of two-out RBI singles from Schroeter and Apps.

The three runs proved to be more than enough help for Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.), who only let two runners reach first base in the first six innings.

However, Buffalo State made the game interesting when Lekki registered her second home run of the day with a lead-off solo shot to start the seventh. Snyder got the next two batters to hit a pop-up to left field and a groundout to the shortstop before a Laker error allowed the tying run to come to the plate. It was not a problem, though, as the final Bengal hitter produced a pop-up to the shortstop to end the contest.

Snyder finished the game with one earned run on two hits, four strikeouts, and no walks. Buffalo State pitcher Kaylee Lekki picked up the loss after surrendering three runs on eight hits, one strikeout, and three walks.

Schroeter and Snyder each went 2-for-3 at the plate in game two, while Schoff was 2-for-4.

The Lakers travel to Fredonia on Saturday to face the Blue Devils for a noon doubleheader.