Oswego, N.Y. – The Oswego State baseball team (19-9, 10-7 SUNYAC) split two extra-inning games with Plattsburgh (11-21, 6-11 SUNYAC) on Friday afternoon at Laker Baseball Field.
GAME ONE – Plattsburgh 12, Oswego 11 (10 Innings):
Oswego dominated the early portion of game one, scoring eight runs in the first six innings while not allowing any damage. Miles Kelly was crucial in this span, as he owned the Cardinal batters, allowing just one hit over the first six frames with six strikeouts.
Kelly struggled in the seventh, allowing five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits in the top of that inning, being relieved by Dylan Kohlman after attaining the first out. Oswego tacked on a run in the bottom to lead 9-5 headed for the eighth. Plattsburgh was able to manufacture four more runs in the inning to even the score at 9-9.
The Cardinals put the pressure on the Lakers after going up 10-9 in the top of the ninth. Oswego answered to extend the game as Michael Mascari sent a ball to right field that tailed towards the line for a single, scoring Zach Kollar from second base.
Plattsburgh was able to notch another two runs in the 10th, with the second run proving to be the eventual game-winner.
Myles Kutscher gave the Lakers life in the bottom of what would be the final inning, leading off with a double. Dan Karleski reached next on an error as Kutscher advanced to third. Kutscher made it a one-run game at 12-11 by scoring on a fielder’s choice during the next at-bat but that was all Oswego could muster as a ground out and a foul out ended the game.
Tyler Baker led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Mascari and Jordan Giller each finished with two hits and two RBI. Tim Smith and Dan Saccocio also had two hits apiece, with Smith scoring once and driving in another Laker run while Saccocio had one RBI.
Josh Martin took the loss in 1.2 innings of work, allowing three runs on three hits.
GAME TWO – Oswego 1, Plattsburgh 0 (9 Innings):
In a pitcher’s duel, Oswego prevailed in the second extra inning when Kyle Liner sent a walk-off hit through the right side with the bases loaded to score Saccocio.
Tim Cronin tossed nine innings without any damage to remain perfect on the year at 5-0. He faced 33 batters in the game, scattering six hits while fanning four Cardinals. Cronin outdueled JD Jenkins, who took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning until Tim Curry broke it up with a single. Jenkins gave up three hits and one run while walking five and striking out that same amount in the loss.
Scott Buniak joined Liner and Curry with a hit in the second game, bunting for an infield single in the final inning. The senior also walked twice in the game.
Saccocio had the Lakers lone steal.
Oswego and Plattsburgh will closeout its three-game weekend series with a noon contest on Saturday.
The game will also be the Lakers Senior Day as they recognize the eight members of the Class of 2014.