FORT MYERS, Fla. — At some point following a thrilling victory in the first game of a SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader with Fredonia on Thursday, the Plattsburgh State baseball team forgot how to play the game.
J.D. Jenkins came within an out of a complete-game win in the opener as the Cardinals began their conference season in fine fashion with a 3-1 verdict.
But then Plattsburgh (5-8, 1-1) received no pitching, hitting or defense in the second contest while dropping an 11-0 decision to split the twinbill.
The split didn’t leave Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey in the best of moods.
“We were happy winning the first game, and we never refocused,” he said. “We didn’t play defense the way we needed to, we didn’t hit the ball at all and we didn’t get the pitching. We’re not going to win any games playing like that.
“The first game was a great way to start the conference for us. We had all the momentum in the world going into the second game. If we would have gotten on them early, we could have won both games. But it stinks to get a split after winning the first game. We’re still struggling to find that killer instinct.”
The Cardinals will look to right the ship in an important nine-inning game today.
“We have to win two out of three,” Doorey said. “Getting one win today at least gives us the opportunity to win the series. If you take two of three from everyone, you’re going to be in good shape.”
In the first game, Jenkins retired the first two batters in the ninth but then allowed three singles that loaded the bases. Mike Vargues took over and induced a grounder to second to end the threat.
Jenkins had to gut it out as he allowed seven hits, walked six, hit one and struck out three. All of his walks came in the first five innings.