---- — CLERMONT, Fla. – The No. 15-ranked Plattsburgh State softball team had a rough time of it Thursday at the National Training Center Spring Games.
The Cardinals failed to score a run in two games, dropping a 3-0 decision to Tufts University and then an 8-0, 5-inning setback to Bethany College.
The two losses dropped Plattsburgh’s record to 6-4.
Tufts 3, Plattsburgh 0
Similar to last year’s matchup at the NCAA Division III Softball Championships, the Cardinals were unable to solve Tufts’ pitcher Allyson Fournier.
Ashley Marshall went the distance for Plattsburgh, allowing five hits, three runs and four walks while registering six strikeouts in her first loss of the season.
The nationally-ranked No. 13 Jumbos limited the Cardinals to just two hits in the loss – a pair of singles from Brittany Marshall.
Bethany 8, Plattsburgh 0 (5)
A tough morning for the Plattsburgh offense continued in the second game as the Cardinals were run-ruled.
Sam Moss struggled in her start for Plattsburgh. Moss took the loss, allowing six runs and three hits while only recording two outs. Ashley Marshall pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless ball with six strikeouts before Morgan Anderson came in to pitch the fifth.
After surrendering back-to-back singles, Anderson recorded two quick outs to give the Cardinals a chance to come out of the inning unscathed. Two straight walks made it a 7-0 game and a bases-loaded single brought in the final run for Bethany.
Brittany Marshall, Natasha Schultz, Samantha Tenney and Megan Price all singled for Plattsburgh, who finished the game with four hits.
The Cardinals will wrap up their spring break trip today with two more games. Plattsburgh will play William Patterson at 9 a.m. before the Florida finale against Wisconsin-Whitewater at 11 a.m.