April 19, 2014

'Groundhog Day' for PSU baseball

PLATTSBURGH — In “Groundhog Day,” each day is a repeat of the previous day for the main character in the movie.

The Plattsburgh State baseball team is living its own “Groundhog Day.”

The Cardinals, after 26 games away from home, played its first game of the season at Chip Cummings Field on Friday.

The results were the same, however, as Plattsburgh dropped another disheartening one-run conference game, this time a 1-0 decision to New Paltz in SUNY Athletic Conference play — severely damaging the Cardinals’ post-season hopes.

Plattsburgh’s last four losses in conference play have been by one-run margins.

“It’s frustrating to be where we are,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “I’m sure it’s frustrating for the players as well as the coaches.

“We’re struggling on offense and it’s like we expect something bad to happen. It’s a mentality where it’s like we’re thinking what bad is going to happen now instead of making something positive out of the situation.”

The Cardinals (9-18, 4-9) received strong pitching from Joe Leddy and made some nice defensive plays in the field. But Plattsburgh couldn’t get a runner to cross the plate against the Hawks’ Andrew Grann.

Grann allowed three hits, walked one, hit three and struck out seven in going the distance for the win. Leddy, meanwhile, surrendered four hits, walked one, hit one and fanned three in going the route.

“We hit some balls hard, especially early in the game,” Doorey said. “We hit them, however, right at people. But we still need to find a way to score.

“Joe pitched well and gave up only one run in a conference game. When that happens, we need to win the game.”

Grann allowed just two base runners over the first five innings — one on a walk and another on an infield error — before having to work out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings.

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