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.
Jaime Berger went the first five innings for Brockport, giving up two hits, one earned run and six walks. Fleming held the Cardinals to one run and two hits through the final three innings to earn the win.
“Ashley (Marshall) pitched well,” Zweig said. “We showed some resiliency by battling back, but we need to score a little earlier and more often.”
The Cardinals totaled eight hits but left nine runners on base in a 3-1 loss in the second half of the conference doubleheader against Brockport.
The Cardinals tied it up in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Megan Price, but Brockport’s Caitlyn Rana responded with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, giving the Golden Eagles a one-run lead.
Brockport picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning off an RBI single by Brianna Harris.
Iannone went 3-for-4 for the Cardinals, while Price added two hits. Kristin Nabor drew a pair of walks.
Brockport’s Korey Kibling went 4.1 innings to earn the win, giving up one run on eight hits. Berger held the Cardinals hitless through the last 2.2. innings to earn her first save of the season.
Cardinals rookie Sam Moss was tagged for the loss, surrendering three runs and eight hits in six innings of work.
“I don’t think these two losses will effect us down the stretch,” Zweig said. “As long as we’re in the postseason, anything can happen. We split with Brockport last year, too. Every day we learn something new about ourselves. Sam (Moss) did a great job on the mound in the second game, especially as a freshman.”
The Cardinals will look to rebound on Tuesday in a non-conference doubleheader at RPI. Game one is set for 3:30 p.m.
Brockport 6, Plattsburgh State 5
Plattsburgh 000 005 00 — 5 4 1
Brockport 200 110 11 — 6 12 3
Marshall and Tenney. Berger, Fleming (6) and Arnold. WP- Fleming. LP- Marshall. 2B- Dumas (Brock) S.Johnson (Brock), A.Yuhas (Brock), J.Arnold (Brock), C.Rana (Brock). HR- Yates (Brock).
Brockport 3, Plattsburgh 1
Plattsburgh 000 100 0 — 1 8 0
Brockport 100 110 x — 3 7 0
Moss and Tenney. Kibling, Berger (5) and Arnold. WP- Kibling. LP- Moss. Sv- Berger. 2B- Marshall (PSU), Tenney (PSU).