March 30, 2014

Cardinals meet No. 7 Cortland

PLATTSBURGH — After returning home from a grueling 13 games in eight days in Florida, the Plattsburgh State baseball team faces an even more daunting task on the road on Monday.

The Cardinals will be in Cortland to take on the powerful No. 7-ranked Red Dragons in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

Two games were originally scheduled for Saturday and one for today, but inclement weather has pushed the games back where there is a possibility all three could be played Monday.

“I don’t see any reason why our players wouldn’t be ready for the challenge,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “It’s an opportunity for them to make a name for themselves against a team like Cortland. They need to show they belong and play with confidence.

“We can’t let the games get away — we will have to scratch and claw. We have to bring the right mentality to every at-bat. We’re not athletic enough to match them run for run. We will need to manufacture runs and score runs when the opportunity presents itself.”

The Red Dragons (13-4, 3-0) opened their conference season this past weekend with a three-game sweep of New Paltz (with scores of 13-3, 4-0, 5-0), with all three contests played at Ithaca College.

Cortland is batting .344 as a team, while opponents are hitting just .234.

The Red Dragons sport 11 players who are batting .300 or better, led by Bryan Marotta (12-20-.600, Mathew Wild (10-17-.588) and Donny Castaldo (15-37-.405).

Michael DeCarr and Conrad Ziemendorf have each hit two home runs, while Anthony Iacomini is one of four players with 11 runs-batted-in or more. He leads the team with 17 RBI.

The top pitchers for the Red Dragons are Brandon Serio (4-2, 1.19 ERA) and Brandon McClain (4-0, 1.95 ERA). Cortland’s games have been spread out enough where Serio and McClain have combined for 12 of the team’s 17 pitching starts.

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