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April 14, 2014

Cardinals sweep in softball

OSWEGO — Brianna Clarke slugged two home runs and drove in five runs and the Plattsburgh State softball team scored 18 runs over the final three innings for an 18-7 victory at Oswego on Sunday to complete a SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, the Cardinals (5-15, 3-5) pushed across a run in the top of the seventh to record a 3-2 win over the Lakers (4-13, 1-9).

Plattsburgh ended up going 3-3 over the weekend in three days of doubleheaders on the road.

“It was a good, solid road trip for us,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “We had to travel to play six games in three days and it feels good to come out of it with a 3-3 record on the weekend.

“Today, we did what we’ve been wanting to do all year.”

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Clarke’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning scored Brittany Marshall and gave the Cardinals their win.

Plattsburgh tied the game, at 2-all, in the sixth when Kayla Rabideau singled in Kristine Gay.

Clarke went two-for-two at the plate, while Rabideau and Shelby Heyward also had two hits apiece. Kerry McCarty singled in a third-inning run for the Cardinals.

Morgan Anderson allowed eight hits, walked one and did not strike out anyone in going the distance for the pitching win.

“We went up against their No. 1 pitcher and we were able to get some timely hits,” Conroy said. “We weren’t able to open it up like we did in the second game, but Oswego competed hard. It was a very competitive game.

“We were finally able to take the lead and held them in the bottom of the seventh.”

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In addition to Clarke’s two home runs, Marshall finished with three hits, four runs-batted-in and three runs scored, while Nicole Chiarello added three hits, two RBI and three runs scored.

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