The Syracuse Spartans snapped a mild three-game losing streak with a win in game two of a doubleheader at the Olean Oilers. After losing game one 11-4, the Spartans set a new season record with 10 runs in one inning to win game two 11-7.

Game one saw the Spartans fall behind early to the Oilers with Olean putting up five runs in the first and four runs in the second inning. Austin Dunn struggled in his second start for Syracuse, walking five and allowing the nine runs in just one inning of work. 

The main culprit, once again for the Spartans pitching staff, was limiting the walks. The Syracuse pitchers in game one allowed 11 walks after allowing 12 walks in each of their previous two games. 

The Spartans offense did what they could against the Olean pitching staff in game one. However, the majority of the Syracuse runs didn’t come from the Spartans bats. Three of the runs Syracuse scored in the first game came off two errors and a wild pitch. The lone Spartans RBI of game one came from Michael Perales. 

Game two saw the Spartans fortunes turn, even after allowing an early lead. Olean led by four after four innings, but that’s when the Spartans struck in the top of the fifth. Syracuse sent 14 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs on six hits. The big knocks came from a three-run double from Charlie Burton, a two-run double from Connor LaVigne and a two-run double from Pat May.

The Spartans survived a rally from the Oilers in the final three innings to snap the losing streak and get back into the win column. A larger factor in the win, once again, came from limiting the walks. The Spartans only walked four batters in game two.

Syracuse now sits in second place in the NYCBL Eastern Division, three points behind the Cortland Crush. The Spartans return to OCC to play their rivals the Syracuse Salt Cats for the first time this season. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. with a special father’s day batting practice and catch on the field before the game.