Christopher Orlando hit a three-run triple in the seventh inning Wednesday, but Oneonta State gave up a walk-off homer in the bottom frame and dropped the second game of a non-conference baseball doubleheader, 7-5, at Ithaca College.
Orlando’s one-out triple gave O-State (5-12) a 5-4 lead. The Bombers (11-4) responded with a pinch-hit triple by Zach Cole to lead off the bottom of the seventh against Red Dragons reliever Kyle Jordan. Cole scored the tying run on a single by John Stanley, who stole second and then scored the decisive run on Colby Gee’s two-out homer.
Oneonta High graduate and O-State starting pitcher Nate Eastman struck out two, walked three and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings.
Dylan Stamile and Casey Kerdesky had two hits apiece for the Red Dragons, who got a sacrifice fly in the first inning from Orlando to take the early lead. OHS graduate David Wright finished 1-for-4 with a run for O-State, which also blew a lead en route to a 9-4 loss in the opener.
Matt Mastroianni singled home two runs in the third inning, then scored on an RBI double by Orlando to give Oneonta a 3-0 lead.
Ithaca got one run back in the bottom of the third, tied it with a two-run fourth and took a 4-3 lead with another run in the fifth.
The Red Dragons tied it in the sixth, when LJ Gizzarelli drove in Orlando with a groundout to shortstop. Ithaca followed with a five-run sixth to secure the victory.
Sean McMurray took the pitching loss in relief. He allowed six runs (five earned) on five hits and two walks in two innings.
O-State will host a doubleheader against Plattsburgh at noon Saturday. The teams will then play a single game at Oneonta at noon Sunday.