FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State baseball team was headed to one of its worse days in program history Monday.
The Cardinals dropped a disheartening 6-4 decision to Wisconsin-Stout in the first game of a doubleheader at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic, and then allowed nine runs in the first inning of the second game before falling, 11-0.
Plattsburgh’s slide continued in its third game when McDaniel College jumped out to a 7-0 advantage after three innings.
But a tremendous comeback saved the day for the Cardinals, who rallied for a 13-8 win to finish 1-2 in the three contests.
“We were five innings away from my most miserable day as coach at Plattsburgh,” Kris Doorey said.
“It was one of the biggest comebacks we’ve ever had in program history. It’s something for us to build on.”
The Green Terrors appeared on their way to an easy win in the nine-inning contest when Plattsburgh’s offense put up one zero after another.
“As coaches, we told the players to forget about signs and just go out there and play baseball the way they’ve learned to do so,” Doorey said. “They took that as a challenge. Something clicked in their minds.”
The Cardinals, after being held scoreless for 16 innings over three games, broke loose for four runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, four in the seventh and three in the ninth.
Yuya Osawa and Nicholas Lupo rapped out four hits apiece, with Lupo driving in four runs and Osawa three. Luke Weaver chipped in with three hits and John Casten followed with two. Casten also scored four runs.
But one of the stars of the game for Plattsburgh was Ben Weightman, who picked up the win in relief.
“Ben was one of the game’s heroes,” Doorey said. “He pitched four innings in relief and gave up two hits and a run. He gave us an opportunity to do something.