The Daily Star
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Back-to-back doubles in the fifth inning by Marlene Cuevas and Brianna Rivera gave Oneonta State a two-run lead and the Red Dragons held on for a 4-3 victory over visiting Rensselaer in the second game of a non-conference softball doubleheader Tuesday. Rensselaer won the first game, 8-2.
Cuevas doubled off the fence in left and Rivera followed with a double to left-center as O-State took a 4-2 lead.
The Engineers scored in the top of the sixth inning and received a leadoff single from Tori Hunt in the seventh. Hunt went to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a groundout. Then O-State reliever Katie O’Flynn induced Morgan Ten Eyck to pop out to first baseman Nicole Marzillo to end it.
Rachel Hitt earned her sixth victory of the season, working five-plus innings and O’Flynn got the save.
O-State scored three times in the second inning to take a 3-2 lead. Katie O’Gorman scored on the first run on a double off the fence in center and Traci Lichenstein contributed an RBI single in the inning.
In the first game, Rensselaer’s Kristina Weltzin threw a six-hitter, allowing two runs. She struck out nine to earn her seventh win of the season.
O-State (15-5) will host King’s College at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Three Oneonta State pitchers combined on a five-hitter and Oneonta High graduate Nate Eastman hit a three-run triple in the first inning as the Red Dragons beat host Mount Saint Mary, 5-0, in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader. Mount Saint Mary won the second game, 7-6.
Casy Kies and OHS grad David Wright opened O-State’s first inning with singles. After Matt Mastroianni sacrificed the runners to second and third, Dylan Stamile walked to load the bases. Eastman followed his triple to left-center and scored on Mike Cruz’s double to center to make it 4-0. Cruz also contributed an RBI single in the sixth inning that capped the scoring.
Kyle Jordan, Danny Rodriguez and Wright combined on the shutout. Jordan (2-1) worked the first first four innings, scattering four hits and two walks. He struck out two. Rodriguez allowed one hit over the next two innings and Wright struck out two batters in a 1-2-3 seventh.
Eastman took the loss in the second game, allowing five runs – four earned – on seven hits over four innings. He struck out one and walked four.
O-State (8-14) rallied for two runs in the seventh. Chris Orlando hit an RBI triple with one out that scored Cruz, who opened the inning with a single. Stamile then grounded out to second to score Orlando to make it 7-6, but Jon Halligan grounded out to end it.
Orlando and Halligan had two hits apiece for the Red Dragons, who will host Oswego State at 3 p.m. Friday.
WOMEN’S LACROSSEO-State 11, Potsdam 10
Catherine Clark scored four goals, and Nikki Fioretti, Casey Sarle and Nicole Boylan had two goals apiece to lead visiting Oneonta State to a SUNY Athletic Conference victory.
The Red Dragons (8-4, 3-1) trailed, 6-5, at halftime but scored five straight goals to start the second half.
Kiera McNally scored about a minute into the second half off an assist from Sarle to tie the score at 6. Boylan and Clark then scored 29 seconds apart, the latter giving O-State an 8-6 lead with 26:20 left. Boylan scored again three minutes later and Fioretti capped the spurt on a goal with 17:47 left as O-State took a 10-6 lead.
O-State still led, 11-7, when Clark scored with 12:01 left off an assist from McNally.
Potsdam (3-6, 0-3) rallied with three goals over the final 2:20, the last coming from Bailey Weigel with three seconds left.
The Red Dragons will travel to Fredonia at 1 p.m. Saturday.