Lakers Win ECAC Upstate Championship

SUNY Oswego Baseball Champs

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Oswego State junior Tom Benedetto was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. He batted .389 over the course of four games and had six RBIs to tie for the tourney lead in that category.

The Lakers finished their season with an 18-12 record. The first ECAC championship for the Lakers came in 1997. Oswego State was seeded fifth, defeated St. John Fisher in a first-round game, and then won the title on the weekend with three wins and one loss.

Oswego State 12, Brockport 9

Tom Benedetto’s three-run homer to left field in the eighth inning put the Lakers in front and they went on to the championship game victory. The back-and-forth game saw the Lakers take leads of 1-0, 5-1, and 8-3 until Brockport exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 9-8 lead.

The Lakers scored a run in the first when Wes O’Connor scored on an error. Oswego State added four in the third inning on an RBI single by O’Connor, an RBI double by Josh Stoetzel, and a two-run single from K.C. Reardon that brought in Stoetzel and Benedetto.

Laker starting pitcher Andy Salvatore lasted to the fifth inning, when P.J. Cowie came in to relieve, but Brockport touched up the Laker tandem for six runs in the frame, on three hits, an error, and two walks. The big hit in the inning was a bases-clearing triple from Jared Perham.

That set the stage for Benedetto’s clutch home run in the eighth inning, and Dan Pecora pitched two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to earn the save. Pecora allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out three in his two innings. He pitched 4.2 scoreless innings in the tournament with a win and a save.

Benedetto finished the game 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and two runs scored. Stoetzel, O’Connor, Pecora, and Evan Shaffer had two hits each including a triple from Pecora and a double by Stoetzel. Mike Levy also tripled, and Brett Shaffer doubled for the Lakers.

Brockport 11, Oswego State 3

Brockport forced the second championship game by defeating Oswego State in the first game of the championship round. The 11-3 Golden Eagle victory left both teams with one loss in the double-elimination tournament. Earlier on Sunday, Brockport beat Oneonta 3-1.

Brandon Wroblewski led Oswego State with three hits in four at-bats in this game, and scored two runs. Benedetto had two RBIs on a single in the bottom of the third inning. Evan Shaffer was 2-for-3 and scored a run.

Alex Jarvela started for the Lakers and took the loss, working 3.2 innings. Marc Peterson pitched the last 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, all earned, with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

Brockport’s Jason Shannon earned the complete-game victory, and Jason Michaels, Mike Meola, and Joe Zaccardo had three hits each for the Golden Eagles.