OSWEGO, N.Y. – The reigning SUNYAC Pitcher of the Week did his best to win the award again as Oswego State (15-18, 6-8 SUNYAC) and Plattsburgh (17-15, 8-9) split a doubleheader at Laker Baseball Field on Friday. Oswego State’s Thor Miller shut out Plattsburgh 3-0 to force a split with the Cardinals following a 7-3 Plattsburgh win in game one.
Thor Miller (Jr., Miller Place, N.Y.), retired 14 straight batters in the late innings for his second straight conference shutout on the mound. The junior finished the seven-inning complete game with two strikeouts and five hits allowed.
The best chance for the Cardinals to score in game two came on a two-out single in the second inning, but centerfielder Scott Buniak (So., Clifton Park, N.Y.) threw Mike Mulvihill out at home plate to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.
The Laker offense had just three hits in the first four innings, but came alive in the bottom of the fifth for the only three runs of the game.
Andrew Lazzaro (Jr., Oswego, N.Y.) doubled down the left field line to open the inning and Steve Roman (Sr., Middletown, N.Y.) bunted Lazzaro to third as the Lakers tried to generate a run. Tyler Baker (So., Hannibal, N.Y.) made it easy for Lazzaro with a RBI single to centerfield. John Rauseo (Fr., Mattituck, N.Y.) added another single to right center to put runners on the corners. Mike Stark (Jr., Rochester, N.Y.) pushed the lead to 2-0 when he dragged a bunt down the first base line, scoring Baker and moving Rauseo to second with two outs.
The rally was not done though. Buniak belted a ball to center and Rauseo scored thanks to a interference call on the catcher.
Down 3-0, Plattsburgh had two hits to right field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but a diving catch in foul territory by Rauseo in right field ended the game.
In game one, the Lakers tried to rally late, but had to settle for a 7-3 loss.
After falling behind 4-0 and wasting a pair of two-hit innings, the Lakers finally scored in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brian Hamilton (Fr., Liverpool, N.Y.) singled to start the frame and scored after a pair of wild pitches.
The Cardinals got the run back in the top of the seventh thanks to a lead-off double, but the Lakers stayed in the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Rauseo tripled to right center and scored on a groundout by Baker to the right side of the infield.
Hopes of a comeback with lowered in the top of the eighth though when back-to-back walks brought in one run and the Laker pitcher hit another batter to put the lead to 7-2.
Matt Miller (Sr., Montoursville, Pa.) doubled with two outs in the bottom of the eighth and scored on a single by David Mazzullo (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.), but the Lakers would get no closer.
Mazzullo finished the game 4-for-4 at the plate, while Miller went 3-for-4.
Jon Stevens (Jr., Chittenango, N.Y.) took the loss with two strikeouts and two walks in seven and one-third innings of work.
The same two teams will play a single nine-inning game on Saturday at 3 p.m. due to the projected forecast. The Lakers will honor their six seniors before the game.