OSWEGO, N.Y. – A comeback fell short in game one. But, the Oswego State softball team (10-14, 5-7 SUNYAC) bounced back to defeat New Paltz (18-13, 9-5 SUNYAC), 9-1, in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
The Hawks exploded out the gate, posting four runs in the top of the first, three runs in the second and one more in the third to take an 8-0 lead.
Oswego State did not go away, though, as it was put a run on the board when Tori Trovato (Fr., Fulton, N.Y.) reached on a fielder’s choice plating Katie Bredin (Jr., Oneonta, N.Y.). Later in the inning, Brooke Radley (Sr., Pulaski, N.Y.) hit a towering three-run homerun to deep center field scoring Dee Apps (Jr., Camillus, NY) and Trovato cut the deficit in half, 8-4.
The Lakers put up their fifth run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Trovato singled to left driving in Bredin for the second time in as many innings.
New Paltz got a couple runs back in the fifth as Marissa Monaco hit a RBI-single scoring Shayna Burgess before later scoring on a wild pitch. Oswego State continued to mount a comeback in the sixth that started with a bases-loaded walk to Sammie Schroeter (Jr., Schenectady, N.Y.) bringing in Trovato. Alexandria Connelly (Fr., Endicott, N.Y.) later reached on an error, allowing Apps to score from third, but that would be the Lakers’ last run.
Oswego State’s Alexis Nasca (Fr., Hamburg, N.Y.) picked up the loss after allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in two innings. Alexandria Connelly gave up three runs on eight hits over the final five innings, while New Paltz’s Amber Carozza earned the win after allowing five earned runs in 5.2 innings.
In game two, New Paltz pushed across one run in the top of the first when Monaco was hit by the pitch with the bases loaded scoring Shayna Burgess.
Oswego State answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame when Apps reached on an error, allowing Trovato to score. Sue Schoff (Sr., Little Falls, N.Y.) followed with a single to center field scoring Radley.
The runs kept on coming for the Lakers, as they scored one in the third, one in the fourth off a solo Schroeter homerun, and two more in the fifth following a two-run, pinch-hit homer from Alexandra McKay (Fr., Fairport, N.Y.).
Oswego State sealed the deal the in the sixth when it scored the final two runs needed to end the game. Radley scored on a wild pitch followed by Nicole Ouellette’s (Sr., Castleton, N.Y.) single to score Apps, and end the game.
Oswego State senior captain Sarah Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y.) fittingly earned the complete-game win after allowing one unearned run on five hits, while striking out four and walking one. Katie Rutcofsky suffered the loss after giving up seven runs on ten hits to go along with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Following the game, the Lakers recognized their four seniors, Radley, Ouellette, Schoff and Thayer, for their contributions to the program over the last four years.
Oswego State looks forward to tomorrow’s (April 21) doubleheader against conference foe Oneonta. Game one starts at noon.