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March 23, 2014

Comebacks fall short for Cards

CLERMONT, Fla. — In its final day of Florida action, the Plattsburgh State softball team dropped 10-6 and 7-6 decisions to Amherst and RIT on Saturday.

The Lord Jeffs put a four-spot on the board in the first inning thanks to a trio of RBI singles as well as an RBI double by Carolyn Miller. Plattsburgh got one back in the home half of the leadoff frame when a double by Brianna Clarke scored Brittany Marshall.

Morgan Anderson took over for Plattsburgh starter Kristin Fisher from the second inning on. The Lord Jeffs plated a run each in the third and fifth innings and then tacked on four more in the seventh on a pair of two-run singles.

Trailing 10-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Plattsburgh began to rally. Marshall drove in a run with single before Shelby Heyward brought in another two with a double. Kristine Gay plated Heyward with a sacrifice fly, but a groundout squashed the Cardinals’ chances of a come-from-behind victory.

“Amherst is a solid team; they have a lot of short game,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “Morgan Anderson threw a hell of a game against them. We were down, came back. It just wasn’t enough.”

Fisher took the loss for the Cardinals, and Anderson allowed 10 hits and five earned runs. Arielle Doering picked up the win for the Lord Jeffs by working six innings.

Trailing RIT 4-1 entering the top of the seventh, the Cardinals staged a comeback to take a 6-4 lead only to see it evaporate in the bottom half.

After mustering just one run through six frames, the Cardinals finally solved RIT starter Emma Sarles in the last inning. An error, a single by Sam Capobianco and a walk to Kerry McCarty loaded the bases for Samantha Tenney, who made it a two-run game with a sacrifice fly.

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