PLATTSBURGH — A bitter cold and windy day at Chip Cummings Field on Wednesday turned out to be a pretty good day for the Plattsburgh State baseball team.
Mike Mulvihill’s three-run double rallied the Cardinals to a 6-5 non-conference win over Lyndon State in the second game after Plattsburgh rolled to a 12-4 victory in the opener.
It was a much-needed doubleheader sweep for the Cardinals (5-12), who are trying to overcome a slow start to the season.
“It was good mentally for our baseball team to win two games today,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “Especially coming from behind to win the second game.
“We’ve been playing tense and this will make us relax a little bit. Hopefully this will give us something to build on.”
The Cardinals had to work for their win in the second contest.
Lyndon State (0-8) took a 3-0 lead in the second inning and held the advantage until the bottom of the sixth inning.
That’s when Mulvihill erased a 5-3 deficit by drilling a double to the gap in left center that cleared the bases.
Nicholas Lupo, Chris Pescetti and Matt Meunier paced Plattsburgh with two hits each, with Meunier scoring three runs. The Cardinals had 11 hits in all.
“We had different guys step up for us,” Doorey said. “Mulvihill is one of our regulars and he came up with the big hit in his final at bat of the day.
“But we had other guys who don’t see a lot of playing time, like Lupo, Meunier and Pescetti, who came through for us.”
Steven Corea pitched the first five innings for the Cardinals and allowed five runs on six hits. Corey Grossman took over in the sixth and ended up getting the victory as he did not allow a hit or walk while striking out three.
“It was fun to get a big hit at the end and win a close game,” Doorey said.
Brandon Flood led the Hornets with two hits and Zach Hatin, the second of three Lyndon State pitchers, took the loss.
The first game wasn’t nearly as close even though the Hornets scored three runs in the top of the second for an early 4-1 lead.
Plattsburgh, however, came back with four runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good and then broke it open with a five-run fifth inning for an 11-4 advantage.
Lupo finished with three hits, including a triple, and drove in five runs. Luke Weaver, Casey Brighton, Mat Chavez and J.D. Springer added two hits each as Plattsburgh rapped out 14 hits in all. Every starter had a hit, except for one.
“We had a couple of hard days of practice and worked on some things,” Doorey said. “It was nice to see us put those things into play today. We did a good job playing small ball in the first game.”
Mike Vargues shook off a slow start to go the distance for the pitching win, blanking the Hornets over the final five innings.
Richard Trucott paced Lyndon State with two hits and Isaac Earle was the starting and losing pitcher.
“The weight of the world has been on the team and it’s good to get two wins, no matter who you play,” Doorey said.
The Cardinals are back on the diamond this weekend in a three-game SUNY Athletic Conference set in Oneonta. The games have been pushed back and Plattsburgh will play one game on Saturday and two on Sunday.
Plattsburgh State 12, Lyndon State 4
Lyndon State 130 000 0 — 4 7 4
Plattsburgh State 140 151 x — 12 14 1
Earle, Matthews (5) and Ro. Trucott. Vargues and Casten. WP- Vargues. LP- Earle. 2B- Rollins (LS), Springer (PSU). 3B- Lupo (PSU).
Plattsburgh State 6, Lyndon State 5
Lyndon State 120 110 0 — 5 6 3
Plattsburgh State 001 203 x — 6 11 3
Brewer, Hatin (4), Wells (6) and Ro. Trucott. Corea, Grossman (6) and Casten. WP- Grossman. LP- Hatin. 2B- Gale (LS), Mulvihill (PSU), Meunier (PSU). 3B- Pelletier (LS).