ONEONTA — It seemed only fitting the Plattsburgh State baseball team left the bases loaded in the ninth inning Sunday.
There was plenty of blame to go around as the Cardinals dropped a damaging 8-4 loss at Oneonta in SUNY Athletic Conference play.
The Red Dragons (7-13, 3-1) took two of three games from the Cardinals (8-14, 3-5) on the weekend.
“It was right from the start — we didn’t get much of anything going,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said.
“Instead of creating some momentum from the 11-1 win the day before, it gave us a false sense of confidence. We expected to win today, which is good, but we still have to go out there and perform. It was a disheartening loss.”
Oneonta starter Alex Mastrianni, who entered the game with a 1-5 record and 7.63 earned-run-average, held Plattsburgh to just five hits and two earned runs while coming within one out of a nine-inning complete game.
“He throw 144 pitches and we had guys on base all the time,” Doorey said. “We had him on the ropes, but couldn’t find the guys to get big hits for us.”
Offensively, the Cardinals managed to strand 10 runners and the top five hitters in their line-up combined to go 2-for-19.
“We were still able to get some opportunities,” Doorey said.
On the mound, losing pitcher Scott Orr and reliever Mike Vargues combined to give up 13 hits and five walks. The Cardinals also committed two errors on defense that allowed two unearned runs to score.
“We didn’t get a good start from Scott,” Doorey said. “He didn’t pitch well and gave up a lot of hits with two strikes that prolonged innings.
“In the fifth inning, we pick a guy off first base, but don’t get him out. He then ends up scoring on a hit.