March 31, 2013

Cardinal softball swept by Brockport

GENESEO — The No. 25 Plattsburgh State softball team suffered its first two conference losses Saturday in a doubleheader against The College at Brockport.

A Cardinal (9-7, 2-2) error in the bottom of the eighth inning setup an unearned run to give the Golden Eagles (8-7, 4-0) a 6-5 walk-off win.

“I thought we played well, but had some uncontrollable factors determine the outcome,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “We were making contact with the ball in the first game, but they were going straight to people. We knew we were bound for a good inning at some point.”

With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Julie Arnold singled to right field before advancing to second on an error. Caitlyn Rana doubled down the left field line in the next at-bat, allowing Arnold to score the winning run.

Plattsburgh, however, capitalized on a pair of Brockport errors in the sixth, scoring all five of its runs in the top half of the inning.

Michelle Iannone scored the Cardinals’ first run on a throwing error and Megan Price drove in a run with an RBI single through the left side.

Later in the inning, Brittany Marshall reached on an error by Brockport pitcher Erin Fleming, allowing two unearned runs to cross the plate.

After rallying to tie it at 4-4, the Cardinals were able to take the lead on a sacrifice fly from Brianna Clarke.

Jenna Yates drew a lead-off walk for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the seventh and scored the tying run on an RBI double to center field by Susanna Johnson to send the game to extra-innings.

Price had two of the Cardinals’ four hits while Brittany Marshall drew two walks.

Ashley Marshall suffered the loss, dropping to 8-3 on the year. She scattered 12 hits, allowed five earned runs and struck out 13.

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