April 13, 2014

Errors plague Cardinals in back-to-back losses

BUFFALO — The Plattsburgh State softball team gave up a combined eight unearned runs in a SUNYAC doubleheader at Buffalo State. The Cardinals suffered a 9-1 loss in five innings in game one, before the Bengals rallied in game two to hand Plattsburgh a 9-8 loss.

The Cardinals drop to 3-15 overall and 1-5 against conference opponents. The Bengals improve to 10-8 on the year and 4-2 in the SUNYAC.

Buffalo State 9, PSU 1 (5 inn.)

Buffalo State’s Maddie Coneys handled the Cardinals’ offense in game one, allowing one run on five hits, while the Bengals scored nine runs on 12 hits to earn a 9-1 win in five innings in Saturday’s first game.

“We made some errors in the field that proved costly,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “We weren’t hitting the ball, nor did we come ready to play. I hope we learned from that experience.”

Sam Moss was tagged with the loss for Plattsburgh, allowing five earned runs and issuing one walk in 4.2 innings of work.

Stephanie Novo led off the Bengals’ half of the first with a double to left field. A hit batter and a walk loaded the bases for Buffalo State before Taylor Swiatek drove in the first run of the game with a single to left center.

The Cardinals responded with a lead-off single by Sam Capobianco to open the second inning. Natasha Schultz, who came in as a pinch runner for Capobianco, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single by Kristine Gay to even the score at 1-1.

The Bengals scored the go-ahead run in the third after Kate Brownell reached on an error before advancing to third on a single and scoring on Jenna Clarke’s sacrifice fly.

A Cardinals’ throwing error and a stolen base to start the bottom of the fourth put Buffalo State’s Carly Knight in scoring position. Knight scored on an RBI single by Shelly Maggard before the Bengals plated three more runs in the inning to take a 6-1 lead at the end of fourth.

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