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April 5, 2014

Cardinals travel to Oneonta for 'home' games

PLATTSBURGH — Living in the North Country has its advantages.

Trying to play baseball in the spring, however, isn’t one of them.

The Plattsburgh State baseball team won’t be playing home games at Chip Cummings Field anytime soon and inclement weather now has the Cardinals losing SUNY Athletic Conference home games.

Instead, the Cardinals travel to Oneonta for a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at the Oneonta High School field and a noon single game on Sunday at Oneonta State’s field.

“It’s what we have to do,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We’re not the only team in this situation and it’s the nature of the beast.

“We have the same issues that other teams in the conference have, but we don’t have anybody close to travel to. Is it a disadvantage for us? A little bit, but our players should be accustomed to being on the road.”

The Cardinals (7-12, 2-3) dropped an 8-7 and 4-0 doubleheader at conference power Cortland on Monday. Plattsburgh scored seven runs in the eighth inning of the opener, but was held scoreless in 15 of the 16 innings played.

The Cardinals continue to struggle offensively and are batting only .236 as a team. In fact, Nicholas Lupo (.323) and John Casten (.302) are the only Plattsburgh players with over .300 batting averages. The Cardinals average just over four runs a game.

“I don’t really worry about our offensive numbers,” Doorey said. “What we need to do is get better quality at-bats.

“We also need to start getting our leadoff hitter on so where we can try to move him around the bases. It would be nice to get a lead in a game for a change where we can play more relaxed.”

J.D. Jenkins (1-2, 3.16 ERA) and Joe Leddy (2-0, 3.38 ERA) have been the most effective pitchers for Plattsburgh thus far.

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