OSWEGO, N.Y. – Freshman pitcher Jessica Palmitesso threw a no-hitter in game two to help the Oswego State softball team salvage a series split against New Paltz in a 9-0, five-inning victory on Sunday in Oswego. The Lakers lost game one, 10-8, after resuming the halted game trailing 4-1. Records indicate it is the first no-hitter thrown by an Oswego State pitcher since 2002 and the first shutout victory for the Lakers since March 12, 2009 when they defeated Wheelock College, 7-0.
Oswego State, which moved to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the SUNYAC, will host St. John Fisher Wednesday at 3 p.m. The Hawks moved to 9-6 on the season and 1-1 in the conference.
New Paltz started the game with a 4-1 lead due in part to a grand slam by Chelsea Kull. However, the Lakers plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the second when Sammie Schroeter hit a two-run home run to center field with two outs to pull Oswego State to within one run at 4-3. The Hawks answered with runs in the next two innings to extend their lead to 6-3.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Lakers mounted another two-out rally beginning with a walk by Dee Apps. The offense followed up with base knocks by Sue Schoff, Nicole Ouellette, and Bre Meleen to bring around two more runs, and again bring Oswego State to within one run.
New Paltz countered with a walk and three base hits in its next at-bat to score three runs and extend the lead to 9-5. The Lakers did not quit, though, as Brittany Carbacio and Apps drove in two runs to cut the deficit in half. The Hawks added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Jillian Gallagher scored from third after a Melissa Liotta RBI-single.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Meleen and Paige Anderson started the stanza with back-to-back singles followed by a Morgan Lavner walk. Oswego State was able to score one run, but did not get a key hit to potentially tie the game.
Palmitesso was the losing pitcher giving up four runs on two hits and five walks in one-third of an inning. Sarah Thayer went 6.2 relief innings with six earned runs on nine hits. Courtney Costello picked up the win for New Paltz going 4.2 innings to scatter nine hits for three earned runs. Gillian Davidoff earned the save after she came into the game with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Paige Anderson got the Oswego State offense started in the top of the second with a lead-off home run to left field to put the Lakers on the board early. Two more runs went on the scoreboard for Oswego State in the third after the first three batters reached on an error, a bunt single, and a walk for a 3-0 lead.
The Lakers loaded the bases again in the fourth with two outs when Anderson ripped a bases-clearing double into the gap in left field to put Oswego State ahead 6-0. In the same frame, Ouellette delivered a three-run home run to left field for a 9-0 lead.
New Paltz had two runners in scoring position in the fifth with two outs, but Jessica Palmitesso induced a groundball to the second baseman for the out to end the game in five innings and, more importantly, claim the no-hitter.
In both games, Apps finished 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored and Ouellette went 4-for-7 with four RBI and a run scored.