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.”
In the nightcap, John Rauseo, Scott Buniak, Mike McMullen, Jordan Giller and Dan Karleski rapped out two hits each in the Lakers’ 11-hit attack off losing pitcher Steven Corea and reliever Mike Doughtie.
Oswego erased a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth.
The Cardinals got one of the runs back in the bottom of the sixth to make it 3-2, but Oswego right fielder Rauseo made an outstanding diving catch on Chris Pescetti’s two-out line drive down the line to preserve the lead.
“We pitched our seniors in the second game and they did okay,” Doorey said. “We didn’t give up many runs all day and these are the type of games we need to win.
“We did hit the ball pretty hard in the second game. But we didn’t get any luck. Luck is created by hard work, and we have a lot of hard work to do. We can look at Oswego and see how much they have improved by working hard.”
The Cardinals managed just four hits in the second game, with Luke Weaver getting a triple and single, and Shane Houppert and Mike Vargues a double each.
Jon Stevens surrendered four hits, two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts in pitching the first seven innings for the win. Dylan Kohlman went the final two for the save.
“We have good young players on our team,” Doorey said. “But we don’t work the count and we don’t get many walks. And we don’t have any big boppers.
“When things go bad like this, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”
Prior to the first game, Plattsburgh honored seniors Burns, Corea, Doughtie, Kyle Kelly, Casey Brighton, Mike Mulvihill, Marc Plante, Jimmy Rosario and team manager Eric Gissendanner.
The Cardinals are back on the diamond today with a 1 p.m. non-conference doubleheader against Castleton State at Cummings Field.
Oswego 4, Plattsburgh 0 (10)
Oswego 000 000 000 4 — 4 11 1
Plattsburgh 000 000 000 0 — 0 5 4
McKenna, Brown (10) and Liner, Jurczynski (9). Burns and Casten, Briggs (9). WP- McKenna. LP- Burns.
Oswego 5, Plattsburgh 2
Oswego 000 030 101 — 5 12 0
Plattsburgh 000 101 000 — 2 4 0
Stevens, Kohlman (8) and Jurczynski. Corea, Doughtie (6) and Casten. WP- Stevens. LP- Corea. Sv- Kohlman, 2B- Rauseo (Osw), McMullen (Osw), Houppert (PSU), Vargues (PSU). 3B- Weaver (PSU).