PLATTSBURGH — Brian Burns deserved a better fate on Senior Day Saturday.
Burns blanked Oswego for nine innings before the Lakers broke through against him for a 4-0 victory in 10 innings over offensively-challenged Plattsburgh State in SUNY Athletic Conference baseball at Chip Cummings field.
The Lakers (21-13, 6-12) then posted a 5-2 win in the second game to complete a three-game weekend sweep.
In the opener, Burns went the 10 innings as he allowed 11 hits, one earned run, walked three and struck out five.
But he hurt himself in the 10th when he walked the leadoff hitter and then threw the ball away on a sacrifice bunt. Michael Mascari’s two-run single was the only hit in the inning that also featured an intentional walk and three Plattsburgh errors.
“Brian deserved to win the game,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “But it was the same story for us. We had opportunities to score runs and didn’t.
“He did walk the guy the lead off the 10th and then made a throwing error when he was trying to make a play on the bunt. But it’s hard on him because he needs to be perfect.”
Winning pitcher James McKenna threw strikes and blanked the Cardinals (11-23, 4-14) over the first nine innings. He surrendered five hits, did not walk anyone and struck out one.
“Their starting pitcher threw only 83 pitches in nine innings,” Doorey said. “We didn’t make him work hard enough.”
Tim Smith, Andrew Lazzaro, Kyle Liner and Ed Charles led Oswego offensively with two hits each off Burns, who had to pitch out of potential trouble a few times.
Nicholas Lupo was the lone Plattsburgh player with two hits.
“We got the leadoff hitter aboard a few times and were able to bunt him over,” Doorey said. “But we couldn’t get him in.”