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.