March 20, 2014

Moss fires 1-hitter, helps Cardinals to first win

CLERMONT, Fla. — Plattsburgh State sophomore Sam Moss fired seven innings of one-hit softball to lift the Cardinals to their first win of 2014 on Wednesday.

Plattsburgh defeated Eastern Connecticut State 2-1 and then fell 4-0 to Fontbonne University during their second game of the day.

“Everything’s been a progression for us since we got here,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “We kinda got our butts kicked the first day, we lost two tough games the second day and the third day that we played, we won the first game. Hopefully (today) we can take two and continue on.”

The Cardinals will tangle with Utica at 8 a.m. today before facing off with Allegheny College.

Against Eastern Connecticut, RBI singles in the bottom of the fourth inning by sophomores Kerry McCarty and Kristine Gay pushed across the only Plattsburgh runs in the bout. They proved to be sufficient with Moss in the circle.

Moss retired eight of the first 11 batters she faced and didn’t allow her first hit of the game until the seventh inning. With two outs in the frame, Shannon Martin poked a double into the outfield. Samantha Bardon, who was inserted as a pinch runner for Martin, scored the Warriors’ sole run when Jen Tamandzija reached on the only Plattsburgh error of the game.

McCarty and Brittany Marshall scored Plattsburgh’s runs, and the Cardinals’ seven hits each came off the bat of a different player. Moss (1-2) struck out two and issued just one walk.

“She’s been doing well,” Conroy said. “The other day, too, she just had a great performance and a couple of errors let it turn out in a different way. We ended up with the win (Wednesday).

“She just did an outstanding job against a good team. It kinda showed how dominant she can be.”

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