OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State baseball team dropped the third game of its weekend series with visiting Fredonia at Laker Baseball Field, 7-2, Sunday. The loss dropped the Lakers to close out the conference portion of the schedule with a 1-17 mark and drop to 15-20 on the season. Fredonia’s victory brought it to 17-18 on the year with a 5-13 SUNYAC record.
Fredonia pitcher Sean Larson picked up the win for his team, recording 11 strikeouts and four walks over the course of 8.2 innings. Dan Erne took the loss for Oswego State, pitching through six with five strikeouts, three strikeouts, and two intentional walks.
A throwing error got Fredonia on the board early in the first inning as Jon Messina crossed the plate to push the score to 1-0.
The bats were held silent on both sides until the sixth inning, when Blue Devil batter Jake Nowak hit a sacrifice fly to bring around Taylor Gahagen to extend the visitors’ lead to 2-0.
With the substitution of Laker relief pitcher Dustin Lefave in the seventh inning, the Blue Devils opened the floodgates as another sacrifice fly by Brian Sheehan brought in Tim Dee and a bases-loaded double into right field by Joe Kephart brought in three more for a 6-0 lead.
Down 7-0 in the ninth after a third sacrifice fly, the Lakers attempted to stage a comeback that saw them load the bases at one point in the inning. The entire rally was started by a two-out single by pinch hitter Pat Brown. Two defensive errors later resulted in the two Oswego State runs coming in.
Offensive struggles continued for the Lakers in the third game of the series, as Kris Prikazsky’s single in the fifth inning was the first base hit of the day.
The remaining Oswego State schedule consists of two non-conference doubleheaders with the first being against SUNY Cobleskill at Laker Baseball Field on Tuesday starting at 1 p.m.