Winning is becoming contagious for the Oneonta Outlaws.
Matthew Milburn struck out five and walked none in a six-hitter Friday, leading the Outlaws to an 8-4 victory at the Syracuse Salt Cats for their fourth straight win in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
The Outlaws (14-8) took the pressure off of Milburn (2-1) early by jumping to a 7-2 lead after three innings. Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar and Derek Hirsch opened the game with back-to-back singles, setting up Brian Kraft for a two-run double off Syracuse starter Zach Carlino (1-1).
Oneonta gave up a run in the bottom of the first but quickly got it back on an RBI single by Pindar with two out in the second. Pindar drove in Howard Joe, who doubled with one out.
Brandon Stephens started a four-run third for the Outlaws by hitting an RBI double to score Kraft with one out. Stephens later scored on an error to make it 5-1, and Ryan Tomita capped the spurt with a two-run single off Salt Cats reliever Shane Cochran.
Syracuse scored a run in the third but fell behind, 8-2, in the sixth as Pindar capped Oneonta's scoring on a sacrifice fly by Heath Holder.
Pindar finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in the leadoff spot for the Outlaws, who received two hits, two RBIs and a run from Kraft.
The two teams were scheduled to play two seven-inning games Friday at Le Moyne College, but the second game was rained out. It will be made up as part of a 5 p.m. doubleheader Sunday at Damaschke Field. Both of Sunday's games are scheduled for seven innings.
Oneonta, which is second to the Olean Oilers (16-6) in the 11-team NYCBL, also hosts a 5 p.m. doubleheader against the Salt Cats at Damaschke Field on Saturday.
Pioneers 9, Hawkeyes 1
Elmira starting pitcher Danny Britt (2-1) struck out six, walked three and allowed one earned run on four hits to lead the Pioneers to a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory over the visiting Cooperstown Hawkeyes.
Dan Black threw a hitless seventh inning before Brandon Diorio allowed one hit over two scoreless innings of relief to secure the victory for the Pioneers (10-12), who are second in the West Division behind the Watertown Rams (13-11).
Cooperstown starter Mike Jeffers (0-2) left after giving up two runs -- one earned -- in three innings. He struck out two, walked three and gave up four hits.
The Pioneers scored five earned runs in three innings against Cody Smith and tacked on two more during Anthony Naso's inning of relief.
Ryan Donovan doubled to lead off the fifth inning for the Hawkeyes and scored on a two-out single by Brendan O'Reilly, pulling Cooperstown to 6-1.
The Hawkeyes (11-9), who are third in the PGCBL's East Division, host the Newark Pilots (10-15) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Doubleday Field. Cooperstown also will host a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Elmira on Sunday.