By JOHN CORYER
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State baseball team scored three runs in the first inning Friday afternoon and could have had more.
That turned out to be the theme of the day.
Oswego recorded a 7-5 victory in SUNY Athletic Conference play at Chip Cummings Field.
“It was a good game and we hit the ball pretty hard,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “But we failed to execute when we needed to.”
Oswego starter Dan Erne, who improved to 5-1 on the season by going six innings for the win, ran into trouble in the first inning when the Cardinals (11-21, 4-12) pushed across three runs and threatened for more.
But the playoff-bound Lakers (19-13, 10-6) avoided further damage and then rallied to take the lead with two runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings for a 6-3 edge.
“We had a chance to bury them in the first inning, or at least get a bigger lead, and didn’t do so,” Doorey said.
Plattsburgh starter Marc Plante went three innings in taking the loss, allowing four earned runs. Corey Grossman went the rest of the way, surrendering three runs.
“Marc didn’t pitch well,” Doorey said. “Corey did pitch well, with only one of the runs off him being earned.
“After we scored the three first-inning runs, we got the first two outs in the second inning and then gave up two runs.”
Oswego held a 7-4 lead when Plattsburgh scored one in the bottom of the eighth to get to within two. The Cardinals then left the bases loaded in the ninth.
“Our first two guys walked in the ninth and we couldn’t get the sacrifice bunt down,” Doorey said. “We had two cracks at getting it down. Once again, that was a failure on our part to execute.
“We stranded a lot of runners — we left 12 men on base. We just weren’t able to step up and get the big hit. But that’s where we are and it’s disheartening.”
Scott Buniak rapped three hits for the Lakers, who had 12 hits in all. Mike McMullen, Andrew Lazzaro and Dan Karleski chipped in with two hits each, with Karleski driving in two runs.
The Cardinals also had12 hits, with Luke Weaver accounting for three of them. Mike Vargues and Nicholas Lupo added two apiece, with Chris Pescetti driving in two runs. Every Plattsburgh starter had at least one hit, except for one.
Ten of Plattsburgh’s hits came off Erne. Ryan Donovan walked two batters in the ninth but was able to record the save when he induced a ground ball for the final out, with the sacks full.
“Oswego is a good team,” Doorey said. “But we had plenty of opportunities to win the game today.”
The two teams conclude their three-game weekend set with a doubleheader today, with the first game at noon. It will be Senior Day, with the seniors being recognized prior to the first contest.
Oswego 7, Plattsburgh 5
Oswego 022 200 010 — 7 12 2
Plattsburgh 300 100 010 — 5 12 2
Erne, Kelly (7), Donovan (9) and Jurczynski. Plante, Grossman (4) and Brighton. WP- Erne. LP- Plante. Sv- Donovan. 2B- Buniak (Osw), McMullen (Osw), Hamilton (Osw), Lazzaro (Osw), Giller (Osw), Weaver (PSU), Vargues (PSU), Lupo (PSU).