Oneonta State played small ball then hit one deep Tuesday as the Red Dragons opened SUNY Athletic Conference play with a 6-2 baseball victory at New Paltz.
With the score tied at 2, Casey Kerdesky started Oneonta’s rally with a walk to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Kerdersky took second on a failed pickoff attempt and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Billy Riedel.
LJ Gizzarelli then walked to give O-State (5-10) runners at the corners, setting up Casy Kies for a safety squeeze that scored Kerdesky as the go-ahead run and sent Gizzarelli to second base.
Christopher Orlando then sent a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence for a three-run shot that marked his second homer of the season.
Alex Mastrianni gave up seven hits and two runs over eight innings for Oneonta, which scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. He struck out four in his first victory this season.
Roy Missall took the pitching loss for New Paltz (9-13, 1-5), which scored in the first and eighth innings.
O-State will play a non-conference doubleheader against Ithaca College at 2 p.m. today at Cornell University.
WOMEN’S LACROSSECortland 17, O-State 7
Nicole Boylan scored twice, but Oneonta State lost a SUNYAC match at home.
Michelle Genovese, Nikki Fioretti, Casey Sarle, Chelsea Collins and Kiera McNally also scored for 19th-ranked Oneonta (6-4, 1-1), which was outscored, 12-3, in the second half.
Emma Hayes-Hurley had four goals for second-ranked Cortland (7-0, 2-0), which received three apiece from Marilyn Farrell and Kristen Ohberg. Erica Geremia had a game-high five assists.
Amanda Reichardt made 13 saves in goal for Oneonta, which hosts Buffalo State at 11 a.m. Saturday.
MEN’S TENNISElmira 9, Hartwick 0
Brian Redder’s 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss to Pavle Vashakidze at first singles marked Hartwick’s closest match as the visiting Hawks (0-4) were swept in their Empire 8 Conference opener by Elmira (4-4, 1-1).