OSWEGO, N.Y. – The Oswego State softball team (12-19, 6-8 SUNYAC) kept pace in the league standings with a pair of wins over Potsdam (11-21, 2-14) on a cold Sunday afternoon at Laker Softball Field. The Lakers posted a 9-6 come-from-behind win in the first game and carried the momentum into the nightcap en route to an 8-0 win in six innings on Senior Day.
The Potsdam offense loaded the bases to open the game before Jenny Jones and Molly McCuin produced RBI singles to force an Oswego State pitching in the early going. Sarah Thayer (Jr., Winthrop, N.Y.) gave up a walk to the first batter she faced for the third Bear run of the inning before retiring the next two hitters.
However, the Lakers got two of the runs back in the home half of the first when Ashley Snyder (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.) drove in Dee Apps (So., Camillus, N.Y.) and later scored on a Sue Schoff (Jr., Little Falls, N.Y.) single. Both runs were recorded with two outs.
Erin Klettke doubled down the right field line to plate two runs and later scored in the third, as Potsdam saw its lead grow to four runs at 6-2.
In the same inning, Schoff’s sacrifice fly to center field was deep enough to allow Katie Bredin (So., Oneonta, N.Y.) to tag up to make it a three-run contest, as the Lakers began to chip away at the lead.
Senior Brittany Carbacio (Pennellville, N.Y.) doubled with one out in the fourth and scored following a Sammie Schroeter (So., Schenectady, N.Y.) single. Schroeter, who advanced to second after a throw to home plate as Carbacio was coming home, scored as a result of a pinch-hit single from Brooke Radley (Jr., Pulaski, N.Y.).
Oswego State took its first lead of the game in the next frame after Schroeter delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to bring around Carbacio and Thayer, who started the rally with a double to the gap in left center. Bredin then drew a walk before Apps hit another double to score both remaining Laker baserunners, as Oswego State took a 9-6 lead.
Sarah Thayer turned in a gritty performance in the circle, as she allowed three runs, walked seven and struck out four over 6.2 innings. Danielle Groat (Fr., Ballston Spa, N.Y.) gave up three runs on three hits in one-third inning. Katie Nawrot ended up being the losing pitcher for Potsdam after giving up six runs on eight hits in the middle 2.2 innings.
Carbacio finished the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Schroeter was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Apps and Schoff posted two RBI apiece.
The Laker momentum carried over into the second game of the set when a Bear miscue accounted for one run before Bredin touched home plate on a Snyder sacrifice fly.
Oswego State made the score 3-0 following another RBI pinch-hit single this time from Brandy Earl (Jr., Oswego, N.Y.) in the third stanza.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Bredin reached on a strikeout after a dropped third strike and an error. The mistake proved to be costly as Schoff hit a towering, three-run homer over the right field fence to put the Lakers ahead 6-0.
In the sixth, Carbacio led of the inning with a walk and came around to score as a result of a Bredin double. The Lakers then loaded the bases with one out before Snyder hit an infield ground ball, but Bredin beat the throw home to end the game.
The run support was more than enough for Snyder, who scattered five hits, fanned 10, and walked three for the shutout victory. Potsdam’s Ashley Thayer suffered the loss after allowing five earned runs on seven hits.
Bredin went 2-for-3 in the game with three runs scored and a RBI. Schoff ended up 1-for-2 with three RBI and an intentional walk, while Snyder added two RBI.
Oswego State is scheduled to host Hamilton in a doubleheader on Monday at 3:30 p.m.