Winter Haven, Fla. – The Oswego State baseball team kicked off its spring break schedule with a sweep of Franklin and Marshall College in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Chain of Lakes Park. With the two wins, Oswego improves to 4-1 on the season while the Diplomats fall to 6-6.
GAME ONE – OSWEGO 4, FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL 1:
After both team played a scoreless first three innings, Oswego got all it would need to take the game in the fourth frame. The Lakers picked up two runs in the fourth inning, capitalizing on several Diplomat mistakes. Oswego’s Miles Kutscher and Jordan Giller scored on a fielding error by the third baseman. The two were both moved into scoring position by virtue of a wild pitch.
Oswego tacked on a run in the fifth before trading runs with Franklin and Marshall in the sixth.
Brendyn Karinchak earned the win on the hill for the Lakers, throwing a complete-game, allowing just the one run. The junior scattered nine hits over the seven innings, fanning four Diplomats while allowing just one walk.
At the plate, Kutscher led the way, going 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. Also finished with two hits were John Rauseo (2-for-3) and Dan Saccocio (2-for-4). Saccocio crossed the plate once as did teammate Mike McMullen. McMullen and Rauseo had the Lakers’ two extra-base hits, each recording a double in the contest.
Tim Smith was 1-for-3 from the dish with a stolen base and a RBI.
GAME TWO – OSWEGO 9, FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL 8:
With Oswego holding a slight 5-4 advantage in the top of the sixth, the Lakers dodged a bullet as the Diplomats were unable to plate a runner from third base to knot up the score. The Lakers would not let the game remain close for long, as they circled the bases four times in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 9-4.
Franklin and Marshall would not go easy, however, making Oswego sweat in the top of the final inning. The Diplomats plated four runners to make it 9-8 with the bases loaded and one out. Oswego was able to close the door as Dylan Kohlman earned the save by getting the game’s final two outs.
Scott Buniak started off the scoring in the sixth with a double that added an insurance run for the Lakers. Buniak led the way at the dish in the second game, going 2-for-2 with two bags swiped and two runs scored while driving in another two. The senior had a double, as did McMullen, who also had two hits (2-for-4) with a team-best three RBI.
Eric Hamilton paced the Lakers in the extra-base category, ripping two doubles in the victory.
Smith, Saccocio, Matt Capobianco and Tom Curry all finished with a hit. Each player scored in the game, with Saccocio touching home twice.
On the mound, Miles Kelly started the game on the hill and earned the win in four innings of work. Kelly surrendered three runs but only one was earned as he gave up six hits. Pat Brown relieved Kelly and last 2.1 innings, surrendered fives run on four hits. Ryan Donovan made an appearance in the seventh but walked the first batter he faced. Kohlman then came to close out the contest.
Oswego will return to action at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday when its faces Babson College in Winter Haven, Fla.