OSWEGO, N.Y. – Despite mounting a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Oswego State baseball team lost to visiting Oneonta, 5-2, on Sunday. The Red Dragons improved to 11-6 overall and 6-0 in the SUNYAC, while the loss dropped the Lakers to 10-6 on the season with a 0-6 conference mark.
Oneonta starting pitcher Christopher Smith picked up the win with six strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Oswego State starting pitcher Dan Erne went three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks.
After two quiet innings, Oneonta opened up a 3-0 lead in the third inning with a ground out that drove in Kevin Knack. An intentional walk led to the second run when Pete Lindner’s RBI single brought home Mike DeCarr. The Red Dragons’ productive third inning concluded with a run scored by Eric Wells.
After Knack doubled in the top of the fourth, Jon Stevens entered the game in relief of Erne. Stevens went onto struck out five, while allowing only one earned run and two walks for the remainder of the game. A Wells single scored Knack again to extend Oneonta’s lead to 4-0 entering the fifth inning. The Red Dragons tacked on an insurance run in the eighth to push Oswego State’s deficit to five runs.
The Lakers staged a rally in the ninth inning as Mike Stark reached second on a bases-loaded error that scored Tyler Baker. Scott Buniak later hit a sacrifice fly that scored Steve Roman and narrowed the score to 5-2. After walking pinch hitter Dylan Parmenter, Oneonta changed pitchers bringing in Chris Tyson, who struck out the final two Laker batters to earn the save.
Oswego State looks to get back on track when it travels to Cortland to play a doubleheader against the Red Dragons on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.