In the Lakers’ first game, Oswego came from behind late in the game to defeat Wooster, 6-5, in dramatic extra-inning fashion. Then, the Lakers emerged victorious after a pitchers’ duel with Marietta, winning 3-2. With the wins, Oswego improves its record to 6-4 to start the season.
In game one, the Lakers started off strong. Leadoff batter Erin Sweeney came around to score in the opening inning to put the Lakers’ first run on the scoreboard. In the second inning, Oswego tacked on two more runs when starting pitcher Jessica Roe stroked a double to left center to score Carly Lawless and Taylor DuBois.
After Wooster took a narrow 4-3 lead in the third inning, both teams’ bats were quiet for the next three innings. Wooster added on a run in the seventh, but the Lakers answered in the bottom half of the inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Rebecca Vilchez singled to left field to pull the Lakers within one. The next batter, Angela Frampton, drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at five runs apiece.
Vilchez, who came in in relief in the eighth inning, made quick work of the Fighting Scot batters. With a lineout, groundout and strikeout, the sophomore held Wooster hitless in the eighth.
The bottom half of the inning was all the Lakers would need. With Sarah McCullough starting the inning on second base, Carly Lawless smacked a single to right field to drive in the game-winning run.
Oswego continued its trend of early runs in game two. Sweeney led off the game with a double, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Vilchez and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Frampton. After Marietta put up two runs in the bottom of the first, Oswego responded with another of its own in the second. Lawless doubled down the left field line early in the inning, and scored when Madelana Wrubel ripped a triple to the same spot.
Both starters settled in after that, with Vilchez and the Marietta starter locked in a pitchers’ duel until the sixth. Wrubel helped the Lakers break the tie, drawing a walk and moving into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Roe. Sweeney’s clutch single to center field drove in the run, giving Oswego a 3-2 lead.
Vilchez closed out the game in the seventh to seal the win for Oswego. After the two runs Marietta scored in the first inning, the sophomore held the Pioneers scoreless the rest of the way.
With the conclusion of the Sunkissed Games, the Lakers return home to prepare for their home opener. On Wednesday afternoon, Oswego hosts RIT for a doubleheader, with game one starting at 3 p.m. and game two beginning at 5 p.m.