FORT MYERS, Fla. — Joe Leddy made the most of his opportunity.
The senior tossed a complete-game two-hitter Saturday to lift the Plattsburgh State baseball team to a 4-1 victory over Knox College in the Gene Cusic Classic.
The Cardinals (7-9) dropped a 14-5 decision to Johns Hopkins in their first game of the day for a nonconference split.
Plattsburgh, which has a 7-5 record in Florida, closes out its trip with a noon game today against Knox.
PLATTSBURGH 4,KNOX 1
Leddy wasn’t high on the Cardinals’ depth chart entering the season but is moving up quickly.
The senior started three games in Florida, went 2-0 and could have just as easily won the third game.
Saturday, he allowed one unearned run, walked just one in nine innings and struck out three.
“Joe pitched 21 innings in one week,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “During that time, he allowed six runs, walked just two and struck out eight. We needed somebody to pitch down here, and he stepped up.
“Joe throws strikes and keeps the defense on its toes. He took an opportunity and ran with it. I’m thrilled for him because he comes to practice every day and works hard. He’s the epitome of a pitcher and not a thrower. Batters against him get themselves out.”
The Cardinals scored all the runs they needed in the first inning while taking a 3-0 lead. Brian Latulipe drove in one with a single, an error plated another and an infield ground ball accounted for a third.
Plattsburgh added one more in the third before Knox tallied its lone run in the fourth.
The Cardinals, however, continued to struggle offensively, with Yuya Osawa and Nick Lupo each getting two of the team’s seven hits.
“We’re in a rut offensively,” Doorey said. “We had runners all over the place in both the first and second games and stranded 21 in all.