OSWEGO, N.Y. – After losing the first game of a conference doubleheader, the Oswego State softball team continued to show its resiliency by posting a 10-8 come-from-behind win over Brockport Saturday afternoon. The Lakers lost game one, 8-0 in five innings, before picking up the victory to move to 6-7 overall and 2-2 in the league. The Golden Eagles moved to 12-4 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
With the wind blowing out to center field, home runs were not hard to come by. Brockport set the tone in the first inning of game one when Emily Dumas hit a two-run home run to give the Golden Eagles an early 2-0 edge.
Jessica Stahl drove in another run for the visitors in the top of the second to push the lead to three runs.
Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) started the third inning in relief of Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.), and was welcomed into the game by a lead-off home run by Amy Nowak. Later in the inning, Julie Arnold delivered a three-run shot over the fence to give Brockport an 8-0 lead with zero outs. Thayer re-entered the game to retire three of the next four batters, but the damage had been done.
Oswego State was unable to generate any offense the rest of the way, as the game ended in five innings. Jean Farrell earned the win for Brockport, while Thayer suffered the loss.
In the nightcap, both offenses were kept off the scoreboard until the top of the third when Dumas hit a two-run home run to right center field. However, the Lakers responded with three runs in the fourth after a sacrifice fly by Brandy Earl (Jr., Oswego, N.Y.) brought in pinch runner Shannon Baker (Sr., Hannibal, N.Y.). Later in the frame, Brooke Radley (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) hit a two-run home run to put Oswego State ahead, 3-2.
Brockport regained the lead in its next at-bat when Dumas stroked her third home run of the game. This time it was a three-run shot to the same spot in right center field as her first home run of the game. The Golden Eagles tacked on three more runs before the end of the inning to go up by the score of 7-3.
Oswego State did not back down, though, plating three runs in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single from Sue Schoff (Jr., Little Falls, N.Y.) and a two-RBI single down the right field line from Earl to pull the Lakers to within one run at 7-6.
After a scoreless top of the sixth, Oswego State started another rally when Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) laced a double into left center field that drove in Snyder and Katie Bredin (So., Oneonta, N.Y.) to put the home team back in front. Schoff added some insurance runs two batters later when she hit a towering shot well beyond the fence in left center to make the score 10-7 heading into Brockport’s final at-bat.
Jenna Yates led off the inning with a single, and later scored after a wild pitch and a single from Susanna Johnson. Meghan Power then produced a double to give the Golden Eagles runners on second and third with none outs, trailing by two runs.
However, Snyder clamped down to force a strikeout, a foul fly out to Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) at third base, and another strikeout to end the game. Snyder picked up the win after giving up one earned run in three innings. Farrell was the losing pitcher in game two after allowing four earned runs in 1.2 innings.
Schoff finished the second game 3-for-4 with three RBI, while Bredin, Schroeter, Apps, and Earl all recorded two hits. Earl also ended up with three RBI followed by two runs driven in by Schroeter and Radley.
Oswego State hits the road next weekend for conference doubleheaders against Buffalo State and Fredonia.