---- — SCHENECTADY — Plattsburgh State scored four runs in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s second game to complete a nonconference softball sweep.
After Union tied the nightcap in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals won 8-4 in the extra frame. They blanked the Dutchwomen 2-0 in the opener.
Plattsburgh led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning of the second game after Megan Price and Emily McDonagh rapped back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth. The Cardinals (14-10) added another run in the top of the seventh, but Union put together four straight hits in the bottom of the inning and pushed across two runs to knot the score at 4-4.
Emily Sharlow singled in Brianna Clarke for the go-ahead run in the eighth, and then Plattsburgh added some insurance. Sam Tenney smacked a two-run double, and Kerry McCarty followed with a double of her own, driving in another run to make it 8-4.
“We had some people step up in big situations and get some pretty big hits, and that allowed us to score a bunch of runs and feel more comfortable when we were back in the field,” Plattsburgh assistant coach Nicole Diemer said.
The Dutchwomen (6-15) began the bottom of the inning with a single, but then Ashley Marshall struck out two straight batters and induced a pop-up to end the game.
Price finished with two hits and two RBI, while McCarty and Kristine Gay both had two hits.
Samantha Moss started for Plattsburgh and pitched into the fifth, when Marshall took over. The senior earned the win after scattering seven hits and fanning three batters.
Brittany Marshall led off the first inning of the first game with a double and later scored on a throwing error to give the Cardinals the early lead. Then Clarke hit an RBI single in the third for a 2-0 cushion.
Ashley Marshall earned the complete-game win, striking out 11, walking one and allowing four hits. Gay went 2-for-3 for Plattsburgh.
Union’s Allyson Staats gave up five hits in the loss.
“The pitcher for Union was pretty good, so I think our hitters did a good job, and we were able to get the lead and hold it,” Diemer said.
Plattsburgh head coach Stephanie Zweig missed Tuesday’s games due to an illness.
The Cardinals play their home opener Saturday against Oswego and then host rival Cortland on Sunday (both doubleheaders were pushed back a day due to the weather forecast).
“Those were two big wins, and we really had to fight for them, so I think the momentum will carry over to the weekend,” Diemer said.
Plattsburgh 2, Union 0
Plattsburgh 101 000 0 — 2 5 2
Union 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
A. Marshall and Tenney. Staats and Chalifoux. WP- A. Marshall. LP- Staats. 2B- B. Marshall (PSU), Price (PSU), Hennel (U) 2.
Plattsburgh 8, Union 4 (8)
Plattsburgh 000 102 14 — 8 11 0
Union 000 020 20 — 4 13 3
Moss, A. Marshall (5) and Tenney. Wolejko and Palleschi. WP- A. Marshall. LP- Wolejko. 2B- Clarke (PSU), Price (PSU), McDonagh (PSU), Tenney (PSU) and McCarty (PSU), Wolejko (U), Staats (U), Chevalier (U). 3B- Price (PSU).