Catcher Kyle Brennan hit his first home run of the New York Collegiate Baseball League season Thursday, helping the Oneonta Outlaws to a 4-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Cortland.
The Crush responded with a 5-0 triumph in the second game to remain relevant in the race for second place in the Eastern Division.
Despite the split, Oneonta (6-5) took control of second in the East as the Geneva Red Wings fell to 7-7 with a 6-4 loss to the Syracuse Salt Cats (9-9). Fifth-place Cortland improved to 5-7 in the six-team East, which also features frontrunner Sherrill (12-5) and the last-place Syracuse Jr. Chiefs (5-11).
Brennan followed a leadoff walk to Frank D’Agostino in the top of the second inning with his home run to give the Outlaws a 2-1 lead. He also doubled in the fourth to set up Kody Ruedisili for an RBI groundout that made it 3-1.
Oneonta then countered a fifth-inning Cortland run with a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Hand as Matt Haggerty came home to cap the scoring in the sixth.
Brennan finished 2-for-2 with two runs and two RBIs in the opener for Oneonta, which also received two hits from Matt Bolger.
Winning pitcher Taylor Hicks struck out four, walked five and scattered three hits in 42/3 innings. He gave up two runs, one of which was unearned.
Ethan Evanko followed with 21/3 innings of hitless relief for the save. He struck out none and walked one.
Ben Mauseth was caught stealing for the first time this season as he was thrown out at third by Cortland catcher Joel Brophy in the fifth inning. Mauseth, who stole second earlier in the game, leads the NYCBL this season with 15 stolen bases.
Mauseth, Haggerty, D’Agostino and Tyler Martis had Oneonta’s hits in the second game — all singles — as Greg Jasek combined on a four-hitter with Cortland reliever Chad Moss. Jasek struck out four and walked none in six innings before Moss threw a hitless seventh to secure the victory for the Crush, who received two hits and four RBIs from shortstop Geoffrey Seto.