A Quick Look
The SUNY Oneonta baseball team split their SUNYAC doubleheader against Plattsburgh Saturday afternoon at Damschke Field. The Red Dragons dropped the opener 7-3 before blanking the Cardinals 6-0 in the nightcap.
The Inside Story
Oneonta (11-13, 3-8 SUNYAC) took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a David Deberardinis RBI single. Plattsburgh took the lead in top of the top of the third on RBI's from Stephen Bryant and Erik Matz to go in front 2-1. The Cardinals added to their lead in the top of the fourth when they score four runs to take a commanding 6-1 advantage.
The Red Dragons plated a run in the bottom of the sixth on a Jonathan Lezette RBI double to centerfield, scoring James Zupo. In the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Brandon LaVenture brought home Sean McGlynn from third base with a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 6-3. That would be as close as the Red Dragons would get as Plattsburgh freshman southpaw Joe Mazzariello got the last seven outs of the game to earn his first collegiate save.
Oneonta's Ryan Fay kept his team in the game with three and a third innings of scoreless relief.
Senior Robert Ottaviano pitched a complete game two-hitter to pace Oneonta to a victory in game two. Ottaviano struck out seven Cardinals while allowing just one hit to leave the infield.
The Red Dragons jumped on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first. . After Mickey Mullins reach base to start the game. Dominic Lamonica drove him home with an RBI single to right. The Red Dragons would eventually load the bases before James Zupo made the score 2-0 when he reached on a fielder's choice, allowing Lamonica to trot home.
Oneonta added to their lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from James Zupo to make the score 3-0. In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Dragons put the game out of reach with three runs. With runners on the corners, Mike Graves smacked a hard hit ball that found its way through the glove of the Plattsburgh first baseman, allowing Jonathan Lezette to score from third. After a double steal by James Zupo and Mike Graves put a pair of runners in scoring position, Sean McGlynn hit a groundball to second base, but the attempt to cut down the lead runner at home was too late as Oneonta took a 5-0 lead. David Deberardinis capped off the inning with an RBI single to left.
Mickey Mullins lead the Red Dragons with a 5-for-8 day with two runs scored. James Zupo chipped in with three hits, two runs and a pair RBI
The two teams will play the rubber game of series at Damschke Field tomorrow at noon.