New Paltz Baseball Drops 6-2 Decision to Oneonta

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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The State University of New York at New Paltz baseball team was hurt by SUNY Oneonta's four-run surge in the top of the ninth, as the Hawks fell, 6-2, to the Red Dragons in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) game Tuesday afternoon at Loren Campbell Memorial Field.
 
Oneonta's four-run ninth began with an RBI fielder's choice sacrifice bunt by freshman right fielder David Wright, which gave the Red Dragons the lead. With two outs, senior shortstop Christopher Orlando uncorked a three-run homer to left center to swell the advantage to 6-2. That lead would hold through the home half of the ninth, as Oneonta won its first conference game of the season.
 
New Paltz drops to 9-13 overall and 1-5 in the SUNYAC with the loss. The Hawks next face SUNY Oswego from Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, in a SUNYAC three-game set in Webster, N.Y. Oneonta rises to 5-10 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Red Dragons contest Ithaca College tomorrow afternoon in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Cornell University.
 
The Red Dragons opened scoring in the top of the first, as two runs came across on a throwing error following a bunt single. Sophomore shortstop Andrew DiNardo (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) countered for the Hawks in the bottom of the inning, driving in senior second baseman/left fielder Kenny Gentile (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) with an RBI single to center field to pull within one.
 
Both teams hunkered down defensively in the middle innings, with neither team scoring again until the eighth. New Paltz leveled the tally in the home half of the eighth off the feet of Gentile, who stole second and third before stealing home.
 
Senior pitcher Chris Pyz (Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park) worked seven innings and did not earn a decision. He yielded two runs (one earned) off seven hits and two hit by pitches while striking out six. Junior pitcher Roy Missall(Hemlock, N.Y./Honeoye Central) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs off no hits and two walks while striking out two in 1 1/3 innings of duty.
 
Junior pitcher Alex Mastrianni earned the victory for Oneonta, lasting eight innings and yielding two runs off seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
 
The Hawk attack was led by Gentile and DiNardo, each of whom posted two hits. New Paltz finished with seven stolen bases, with Gentile's three and junior right fielder/center fielder Richard Guido's (Ulster Park, N.Y./Kingston) two leading the way. Freshman center fielder Casy Kies and freshman catcher Billy Riedel each had two hits for Oneonta.