OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State baseball team could not translate Wednesday’s doubleheader wins into victories on Saturday as visiting Oneonta took two games from the Lakers in Oswego, winning 9-2 in game one and 3-1 in game two. The wins moved the Red Dragons to 10-6 on the season (4-0 in SUNYAC play), while the losses dropped Oswego State to 10-5 on the year with a 0-2 SUNYAC record. The Lakers will a chance at redemption Sunday at noon when they host Oneonta in the final game of their SUNYAC series.
Oneonta pitcher Joshua Herzenberg earned the win in game one going the distance, while striking out seven and walking two. Oswego State pitcher Matt Schaper posted the loss after seven innings of work, striking out six, but walking six for four earned runs.
The Lakers started game one strong, taking a 2-0 lead into the fourth inning behind a RBI single by Scott Buniak that scored Dan Erne in the first and a RBI single from Rafael Cordero that plated Matt Miller.
Momentum shifted in the fourth inning as a flurry of defensive miscues led to six runs on five hits for Oneonta. Red Dragon Jay Wolfanger reached on an error that drove Eric Wells across for an unearned run. Mike Cintorino later reached on another error later in the frame that scored both Wolfanger and Cody Hitt and pushed the Oneonta lead to 4-2. The third error of the inning eventually led to two more Red Dragon runs as Oneonta carried a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth.
An inning later, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a single pushed the Red Dragon lead to 7-2. Bryan Marotta reached second base in the seventh inning on the fifth Laker error of the game that scored two more runs en route to the final score of 9-2.
The Lakers tightened up their defense in game two, turning the second contest of the doubleheader a pitcher’s duel. Oneonta’s Jeffrey Carter picked up the win, pitching 6.2 innings with four strikeouts and five walks with Dean Haussel coming on in the bottom of the seventh inning for the save. Oswego State’s Marc Peterson tossed a complete game, striking out four and walking three.
Oneonta held on to a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth inning, when an Erne single scored Mike Stark and tied the game at 1-1 apiece. The tie was quickly broken however, as Oneonta put the Lakers down for good in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly to right field by Matthew Whelehan that brought Wolfanger and Chris Tyson across the plate for a 3-1 lead.