Ben Mauseth helped the Oneonta Outlaws to a grand opening Thursday.
Grand Canyon University sophomore Mauseth went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and two stolen bases to lead the Outlaws to a 6-1 victory at the Sherrill Silversmiths in Oneonta’s official New York Collegiate Baseball League season opener.
Rain suspended the defending NYCBL champion Outlaws’ regularly-scheduled season opener Monday at the Geneva Red Wings in the first inning and washed out Tuesday’s game at NYCBL-newcomer Cortland. Oneonta then followed an off-day Wednesday with three scoreless innings before Mauseth singled in a pair of unearned runs in the fourth.
Frank D’Agostino opened the fourth with a leadoff walk and reached third on an outfielder’s error when Matthew Bolger singled to right with one out. Bolger then stole second to set up Mauseth for a two-run single and a 2-0 Oneonta lead.
Ramon Osuna Sanchez (College of Charleston) made it 3-0 in the fifth with the Outlaws’ first home run of the season.
Mauseth followed suit in the sixth with a three-run homer that put Oneonta ahead, 6-0. Bolger walked with one out and advanced to third on a single by Kody Ruedisili before Mauseth sent a 2-0 pitch over the right-field fence to cap Oneonta’s scoring.
Right-hander Taylor Hicks (University of Georgia) earned the pitching victory after striking out eight, walking two and giving up three hits in seven scoreless innings. Reliever Tresco Shannon gave up an RBI single to Reid Neil with two out in the eighth as Sherrill (2-2) cut its deficit to 6-1. Shannon then threw a scoreless ninth as he finished his two-inning outing with one strikeout and one walk, giving up one run on two hits.
The Outlaws, who finished with eight hits, chased Silversmiths starter Marc Iseneker after four innings. Iseneker struck out seven, walked five and gave up two unearned runs on four hits in the pitching loss.