Lakers clinch sixth seed in conference softball playoffs

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team (13-20, 7-9 SUNYAC) continued its season trend of splitting decisions against conference competition by winning game one, 4-3, before losing game two, 2-1, at New Paltz (14-26, 6-10 SUNYAC) Saturday afternoon.

However, based on other results around the SUNYAC, the Lakers clinched the sixth seed in the conference playoffs regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s games at Oneonta. It marks the first time since 2008 that Oswego State qualified for the SUNYAC Championships.

In the first inning of game one, Brittany Carbacio (Sr., Pennellville, N.Y.) got on base courtesy of a walk with one out. She advanced to second on a single by Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) up the middle and then stole third. Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) grounded out into a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, who could only make the play at second allowing Carbacio to score.

The Lakers doubled their lead in the fourth when Sue Schoff (Jr., Little Falls, N.Y.) and Justine Abramowski (Fr., Levittown, N.Y.) hit back-to-back singles. Both runners moved into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt by Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.). Katie Bredin (So., Oneonta, N.Y.) delivered a sacrifice fly into center field allowing pinch runner Maureen Lenehan (Fr., Syracuse, N.Y.) to score.

New Paltz tied the game in the home half of the inning, as Melissa Liotta touched home on a wild pitch and Shelby Martin drove in Emily Collazo from second base. The Hawks took their first lead in the next inning when Victoria Holm led off the frame with a double resulting in a run two batters later following a single and a sacrifice fly.

However, Oswego State stood tall, as it manufactured two runs in the sixth. Schoff drew a walk to start the rally, and moved to second after a base knock by Abramowski. Thayer hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield, but a throwing error resulted in Schoff coming around to tie the game at 3-3. Three batters later, pinch hitter Brooke Radley (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) hit a ground ball that allowed Abramowski to score, giving the Lakers the lead again.

The Hawks went down in order in the sixth and had one runner reach in the seventh, but Shannon Baker (Sr., Hannibal, N.Y.) caught a line drive to close out the game.

Schroeter, Schoff, and Abramowski each produced two hits at the dish for the Lakers. Thayer allowed two earned runs on two hits in the first 3.2 innings to go with a pair of walks and strikeouts. Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) earned the win, giving up one run on three hits. Amber Carozza suffered the complete-game loss after giving up nine hits for four runs.

New Paltz opened the scoring in the nightcap in the bottom of the second inning when Cassie Barcavage hit a RBI double to bring in Martin. Collazo entered the game to pinch run for the Hawks, and scored the eventual game-winning run following a Laker error.

Oswego State cut into the deficit in the sixth when Schoff singled through the right side to plate Nicole Ouellette (Jr., Castleton, N.Y.), who started the rally with a single. However, the Lakers would go down in order in the seventh to end the game.

Thayer took the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in the opening 2.1 innings. Snyder came on in relief to throw a hitless 3.2 innings. Meg Brewer earned the victory, scattering six hits over seven innings and allowing one run.