OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team dropped a pair of non-conference games to Union College by the scores of 6-0 and 6-5 in eight innings in its home finale for the season. Laker Katie Bredin drove in two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two to tie the contest at 5-5, which led to extra innings. However, Lauren Hoffman’s groundball to second base brought in the eventual game-winning run for the Dutchwomen in the top of the eighth. Oswego State fell to 6-24 on the season, while Union improved to 12-20.
Alyssa Wolejko earned both wins for the Dutchwomen as she went the distance in the first game with a two-hit, 10-strikeout performance and came in to pitch the final two innings of the second game to pick up the victory. Sarah Thayer recorded the loss in game one going five innings, allowing five runs on six hits. Jessica Palmitesso allowed five earned runs on 11 hits with eight strikeouts and five walks over the course of eight innings.
Union took an early one-run lead after the first inning when a Carson Mehl walk resulted in a run following a wild pitch. The Dutchwomen registered another run in the second when Nina Cervini’s single into center field brought around Callee Heywood from second base. However, Union broke the game open in the third with three straight hits. The big at-bat of the inning came when Heywood delivered a two-run single. By the end of the inning, the Dutchwomen held a 5-0 lead.
The final run of game one was scored in the seventh when a Sam Chevalier single plated Rachel Noall, who finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Heywood went 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Sue Schoff and Shannon Baker produced both Oswego State hits.
In the nightcap of the doubleheader, the Lakers got on the scoreboard in the first when a two-out Dee Apps single translated into a run after Schoff hit a double into left field. Union countered in the next at-bat as Chevalier tagged up from third base to score following an Aimee Palleschi sacrifice fly.
Oswego State regained the lead in the bottom of the third inning when an error allowed Bredin to score from third. In the top of the fourth, the Dutchwomen put three runs on the board with RBI hits from Heywood, Alicia Jones, and Noall.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth that the Lakers mounted a charge. Baker and Laura Kahn led off with singles, and advanced when a fly ball from Beth Jerome was deep enough to move both runners. Bredin then knocked in both players to level the score at 5-5. Bredin went 3-for-4 in the contest with three RBI and one run scored, while Apps went 2-for-4.
In the top of the eighth, Noall hit a double and moved to third as a result of the throw. Two hitters later Hoffman drove in Noall for the game-winning score as the Lakers went down in order in the bottom of the frame. Union did damage in the heart of the order as the 3-7 batters went a combined 9-for-19 with four RBI and five runs scored.
The Lakers close out the season with a pair of away SUNYAC doubleheaders at Potsdam on Friday and at Plattsburgh on Saturday.