May 11, 2008

Oswego captures 2008 ECAC Division III Upstate Baseball Championship

2008 ECAC Division III Upstate Baseball Championship

No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (22-12)
No. 2 SUNY Oneonta (22-14)
No. 3 SUNY Brockport (23-17-1)
No. 4 St. John Fisher College (23-13-1)
No. 5 SUNY Oswego (14-11)

Tournament Page... Box Scores and Recaps (Courtesy of Oneonta)

First Round - Wednesday, May 7
No. 5 SUNY Oswego (14-11) at No. 4 St. John Fisher College (23-13-1), Postponed.

First Round - Thursday, May 8
SUNY Oswego 9, St. John Fisher 5 (called - 8 Innings) Box Score / Recap

Double Elimination (Day 1) - Friday, May 9
Game 1: No. 1 Rochester Institute of Technology (22-12) vs. SUNY Oswego, Postponed.
Game 2: No. 3 SUNY Brockport (23-17-1) vs. No. 2 SUNY Oneonta (22-14), Postponed.

Double Elimination (Day 1) - Saturday, May 10 at SUNY Oneonta Day 1 Recap
* Game 1: SUNY Oswego 5, RIT 4 (11 innings)
Game 2: SUNY Brockport 4, SUNY Oneonta 3
Game 3: SUNY Oneonta 14, RIT 6 (RIT eliminated)
* Game 4: SUNY Oswego 9, SUNY Brockport 6 (11 innings)

* Game 1 and Game 4 will be played at Damashke Field in Oneonta

Double Elimination (Day 2) - Sunday, May 11 at SUNY Oneonta
Game 5: SUNY Brockport 3, SUNY Oneonta 1 (SUNY Oneonta eliminated)
Game 6: SUNY Brockport 11, SUNY Oswego 3
Game 7: SUNY Oswego 12, SUNY Brockport 9 (SUNY Brockport eliminated, SUNY Oswego wins Championship)



Day 2 Recap (Includes Championship Game)

ONEONTA, N.Y. - The Oswego State Lakers seemed to be a team of destiny this weekend as they came from the fifth seed to win the ECAC Div. III Upstate New York Tournament today when they came from behind to defeat Brockport 12-9 in the second championship game of the double elimination formatted tournament.

Oswego (18-12) lost to Brockport (26-19-1) earlier in the day 11-3, which set up the decisive game at Oneonta State, this year's host.

Oswego played this weekend without head coach Frank Paino, who was struck in the head with a foul ball in the Lakers' game against St. John Fisher, which was a 9-5 victory that got them to the championship weekend.

The hit that put Oswego ahead to stay was a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning by tournament MVP Tom Benedetto (Wantagh/Wantagh).

Trailing 9-8, Benedetto hit a deep fly to left field that cleared the fence to score Evan Shaffer (Caledonia/Caledonia-Mumford) and Wes O'Connor (Savannah/Clyde-Savannah) in front of him.  Benedetto went 3-for-5 in the game with two runs scored to go with his three runs batted in.

The Lakers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when O'Connor scored on a throwing error by the Brockport first baseman, who was trying to throw him out attempting to take an extra base on a ground out.

Brockport tied the game in the bottom of the second inning before Oswego put four runs on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning to take a 5-1 lead.  The big hit in the inning was a single by junior K.C. Reardon (Liverpool/C-NS) that drove in a pair of runs.

Brockport scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third to cut Oswego's lead to 5-3, but the Lakers came right back in the fourth and fifth innings with three runs to hold an 8-3 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.

Brockport exploded for six runs in the home half of the fifth to take a 9-8 lead.  The Golden Eagles loaded the bases with no outs and scored its first two runs of the inning on a single by sophomore Joe LaDuca (Tonawanda/Tonawanda).  Two batters later senior Jared Perham (Camden/Camden) cleared the bases with a triple to center field that tied the game at eight apiece.  Perham came in to score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of freshman Kris Gentzke (Clarence/Clarence).

In the first championship game today, Brockport feasted on Oswego pitching en route to its 11-3 win.  Junior Jason Michaels (Geneva/Geneva) and sophomores Mike Meola (Liverpool/C-NS) and Joe Zaccardo (Webster/Webster Thomas) all collected three hits in the game.  The three combined to drive in seven of the 11 runs in the game including three by Zaccardo.

Junior Jason Shannon (N. Syracuse/Liverpool) pitched a complete game striking out three batters in picking up his sixth win of the season.

Brockport advanced into the championship game with a 3-1 victory against host Oneonta State, which eliminated the Red Dragons.  Gentzke pitched the complete game striking out 15 Oneonta batters in picking up his third win of the season.

Brockport put single runs on the scoreboard in the first, third and sixth innings.  Senior Rob Maxwell (Amherst/Sweet Home) and freshmen Max Zimmerman (E. Amherst/Williamsville North) and Tom McCormick (Utica/Utica Notre Dame) each drove in the runs for the Golden Eagles.  Maxwell led Brockport with two hits in the game.

In his final game for Oneonta, senior Sam Ackerman (West Burlington/Edmeston), was up to the task with 11 strikeouts himself on the afternoon and allowing only five hits.  Ackerman finished his final season 5-5 with an ERA of 5.02 and a team best 66 strikeouts.

(Courtesy of SUNY Oneonta Sports Information)