LAKELAND, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State baseball team lost a tough one in the first game of a doubleheader against nationally-ranked Washington & Jefferson College on Sunday.
And when the Presidents pushed across an unearned run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning of the second game to tie it, the Cardinals were in danger of suffering another disappointment.
But pinch-hitter Casey Brighton’s two-out, run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning lifted Plattsburgh (1-3) to its first win of the season, 3-2, in the RussMatt Invitational.
Washington & Jefferson (4-1) held on for a 5-3 victory in the opener.
“After losing the first game like we did, if we would have lost the second game everybody would have been hanging their heads,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “The first win is sometimes the hardest to get.”
In the second contest, Plattsburgh took a 2-1 lead into the seventh. But an infield error, sacrifice bunt, infield grounder and Michael Beerman’s two-out single to right field put the Presidents into a 2-all tie.
But in the bottom of the inning Tommy Verdino was hit by a pitch, with one out, and Matt Meunier went into the game to pinch run. Nicholas Lupo then bunted Meunier to second and following an intentional walk to John Casten, Brighton delivered his game-winning hit to right center.
“We gave some other guys who haven’t played yet a chance to play in the second game,” Doorey said. “Verdino was one of them and he made the most of his opportunity by getting on base twice.
“We then bunted with one out and Lupo got the bunt down with two strikes on him. They walked Casten intentionally, but Brighton singled. There was a play at the plate, but it wasn’t that close.”