Oswego State softball earns post-season berth

BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball (16-16, 9-9 SUNYAC) defeated Brockport (21-14, 15-3 SUNYAC), 9-4, in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader to seal a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Lakers erased a three-run deficit in the second game, but the Golden Eagles scored a walk-off run in the seventh to earn the split with a 4-3 win.

Sixth-seeded Oswego State will face top-seed Brockport on Thursday, May 2 at 9 a.m. in Brockport to kick off the SUNYAC Tournament.

In game one, there was no offense until the third inning when the Lakers were able to post two runs. The rally started with Katie Bredin’s (Jr., Oneonta, N.Y.) infield hit. She later scored on Tori Trovato’s (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) double to left field. Trovato, then, advanced to third and scored on a wild pitch.

Brooke Radley (Sr., Pulaski, N.Y.) hit a two-run homerun to right center field in the fifth inning to extend the Lakers lead to 4-0. One of Brockport’s three defensive errors in game one allowed Trovato to score again in the sixth.

The story early was the Laker starting pitcher, Alexis Nasca (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.), who did not allow any runs on two hits through the first five innings. She ran into a bit of trouble in the sixth, though, giving up four earned runs.

Holding a slim 5-4 lead heading into the seventh, Oswego State tacked on four insurance runs when Trovato hit a grand slam. She finished the game 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored to help the Lakers seal the 9-4 victory.

Nasca picked up the win, while Alexandria Connelly (Fr., Endicott, N.Y.) earned the save when she entered the game with one out in the sixth.

Brockport jumped out to the early lead plating two in the bottom of the first of the nightcap. The Golden Eagles increased their lead to three when Sarah Rosenbarker hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the third.

The Lakers finally got on the board in the sixth after Dee Apps (Jr., Camillus, N.Y.) scored on a groundout by Radley.

Down by two going into the top of the seventh, the Lakers tied the game at three. The seventh-inning rally started when Trovato reached on a fielding error that allowed Sue Schoff (Sr., Little Falls, N.Y.) to score. The tying run was scored on another Brockport error, as Sammie Schroeter (Jr., Schenectady, N.Y.) touched home plate.

In the bottom of the seventh, Brockport got runners on second and third with one out when Jenna Yates delivered a walk-off single into right center to give the Golden Eagles to 4-3 win.

Connelly tallied the loss for the Lakers, going 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits. Brockport’s Emily Kolenda picks up the win.

Oswego State travels to Utica tomorrow (April 28) to face the Pioneers at 1 p.m.