ONEONTA, N.Y. – Using hot bats and clutch hitting, the Oswego State baseball team (13-10, 6-4 SUNYAC) was able to complete the regular season sweep of Oneonta (9-18, 4-6 SUNYAC) in the Sunday doubleheader by the scores of 13-1 and 6-5. The sweep puts the team into third place in the conference standings and just a game out of first place.
In the first game, Oswego State exploded out of the gate in the bottom of the first scoring a season-high eight runs for the frame. Scott Buniak (Jr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) started the rally with a walk and scored one batter later after a fielding error on a double hit by Tim Smith (Jr., Auburn, N.Y.). Smith scored on a first-pitch single by Brian Hamilton (So., Liverpool, N.Y.). Two batters later, Kyle Liner (So., Milford, N.Y.) hit a 0-1 pitch down the left field line, singling home Mike McMullen (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.). Hamilton then scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0. With two outs, Dan Karleski (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) took a 2-2 pitch up the middle to bring home Liner. Batting around in the inning, Smith walked with the bases loaded forcing home Mike Stark (Sr., Rochester, N.Y.). Karleski and Buniak scored on a throwing error on the next play to widen the advantage 8-0 in favor of the Lakers.
The Lakers added three more runs in the third inning, two of which were unearned. Karleski started the scoring for Oswego State in the inning, coming home on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Buniak came around to score his third run of the contest on a single off the bat of McMullen. Smith completed the scoring for the Lakers in the inning, scoring his second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field by Hamilton.
Oneonta added its lone run of the game in the top of the fifth, as Oswego State plated two more runners in the sixth. Justin Burns (Jr., Cortland, N.Y.) scored his first run of the season on a sacrifice fly to right field by John Rauseo (So., Mattituck, N.Y.). Tyler Baker (Jr., Hannibal, N.Y.) scored the Lakers’ final run of game one on a fielder’s choice hit into by Matt Capobianco (Fr., Kings Park, N.Y.).
McMullen was the only Laker with two hits in the contest, also adding a run and an RBI in the game. James McKenna (Jr., Bohemia, N.Y.) improved to 2-2 for the season, pitching five innings while giving up one run on five hits and striking out four Red Dragons. Oneonta starter Kyle Jordan was tagged with the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) in two-thirds of an inning.
In the second game, Oswego State once again got out to the early start. Smith roped a 2-1 pitch to left field, singling home Buniak, who started the inning with a bunt single. The Lakers tallied two runs in the second as Alex Jurczynski (Sr., Schenectady, N.Y.) scored from second base on a single to right field by Stark on a 1-2 pitch and Rauseo scored on a single by Buniak.
Oneonta got on the board in the third, scoring two runs off of Oswego State starter Jon Stevens (Sr., Chittenango, N.Y.) to pull within one of the Lakers. Oswego State took the lead after plating two in the fifth following a single by Hamilton to left field scored Buniak and Smith. The Red Dragons scored two more runs in the next half inning and another in the top of the eighth pulling even with the Lakers and forcing the game into extras.
In the top of the 13th, Ryan Donovan (Jr., Utica, N.Y.) came on in relief to get the Lakers out of a huge jam, leaving the bases loaded. In the bottom half of the frame, Rauseo reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base with two outs to move into scoring position. The move paid off, as Stark ripped a 2-0 pitch down the left field line scoring Rauseo and clinching a 6-5 Oswego State victory.
Stevens surrendered four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out a season-high eight in the no-decision. Pat Brown (Jr., Liverpool, N.Y.) and Miles Kelly (Fr., Clifton Park, N.Y.) combined for 6.2 innings of relief allowing just one unearned run. Donovan improved to 2-0 on the campaign.
Oswego State returns home for a doubleheader with Cortland on Tuesday. The first game is slated to begin at noon.