Late Inning Drama Highlights Oswego State softball sweep

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team (12-14, 7-7 SUNYAC) twice erased deficits in extra innings before pulling out a 12-inning, 7-6 win over Oneonta (8-22, 4-12 SUNYAC) to register a pivotal conference sweep on Sunday. The Lakers posted a 10-2 win in six innings in the opening game of the twinball.

The offense started early for the Lakers as they posted four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Katie Bredin (Jr., Oneonta, N.Y.) started the inning off with an infield single before moving into scoring position on a stolen base. After a Sammie Schroeter (Jr., Schenectady, N.Y.) walk, Tori Trovato (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) singled up the middle, moving Schroeter to second and scoring Bredin. Brooke Radley (Sr., Pulaski, N.Y.) smashed a three-run homerun for the second day in a row to help extend the Lakers early lead to 4-0.

Oneonta got one run back in the top of the second when Brieva hit a solo homerun. The Red Dragons picked up another run in the top of the fifth when Brieva scored for the second time to cut the deficit in half at 4-2.

The comeback was short-lived, though, as it was all Oswego State from that point. In the bottom of the fifth after a Trovato walk and a Radley double, Sue Schoff (Sr., Little Falls, N.Y.) delivered a RBI single followed by a Justine Abramoswki (So., Levittown, N.Y.) RBI single. Marietta Silliman (Fr., Smithtown, N.Y.) then delivered a two-RBI triple giving the Lakers a commanding lead at 8-2.

The game came to a conclusion when Dee Apps (Jr., Camillus, N.Y.) and Schoff hits back-to-back RBI singles to complete the 10-2 victory for Oswego State.

Sarah Thayer (Sr., Winthrop, N.Y.) recorded up her sixth win on the season, as she improved to 6-5. Thayer gave up one earned run over 6.0 innings pitched for the complete game victory. O’Flynn picked up the loss, as she gave up four earned runs in the first inning.

Oneonta opened the scoring in the third following Cassandra Kohler’s two-RBI single, but Alexis Nasca (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) helped her cause in the circle by answering with a solo homerun in the bottom half of the frame.

The Lakers tied the game in the fourth, and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Apps singled in Schroeter. However, the Red Dragons capitalized on an Oswego State fielding error in their last chance at-bat when Brianna Rivera came up with a two-out double to tie the game and force extra innings.

Oneonta scored a run in the ninth when another defensive error with two outs later led to Tricia Kendziera scoring. After the first two Laker batters were retired, Trovato tied the game with a line-drive shot over the left field fence to keep Oswego State alive.

In the tenth inning, the Red Dragons loaded the bases with zero outs. Thayer, who started the inning in relief, recorded a strikeout before getting a force out at home plate. Jamie Whittam ripped up a single up the middle to bring in two runs, as Thayer struck out the next batter.

With Laker runners on first and third, Thayer hit a ball deep enough to right field that allowed pinch runner Maureen Lenehan (So., Syracuse, N.Y.) to tag up from third. After a two-out Bredin single through the left side of the infield, Oneonta dropped a pop fly that allowed Silliman to score from second to tie the game yet again. Trovato was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Oswego State was unable to deliver the walk-off hit.

The Red Dragons loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the 11th inning when Thayer fielded a ball in the circle and threw home with enough time for Radley to throw out the runner at first for the double play. Then, Thayer struck out the next batter looking to end the threat.

Finally, in the bottom of the 12th, Thayer laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Silliman from second to third. Bredin then hit a ball to the shortstop, but Silliman beat the throw home to give Oswego State the 7-6 win.

Thayer earned her second win of the day after giving up three earned runs in the final three innings. Oneonta’s Rachel Hitt suffered the hard-luck loss as she pitched the entire game and struck out 10 Lakers.

Oswego State has the day off before traveling to Nazareth for a pair of games starting at 3:30 p.m.