April 20, 2014

Red Dragons sweep Cardinals at South Acres Field

PLATTSBURGH — Oneonta drilled 26 hits and scored 19 runs Saturday, making quick work of a SUNY Athletic Conference softball doubleheader against Plattsburgh State at South Acres Field.

Traci Lichtenstein had three hits and seven RBI as the Red Dragons opened with a 10-0 five-inning victory, and then Jenn Brocco and Nicole Marzillo each rapped three hits to power a 9-1 win in another game shortened by the run rule.

“It wasn’t like we were making error after error; they were hitting it to the gaps,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “They’re a good hitting team, and you just have to tip your cap sometimes.”

The Cardinals (6-20, 3-9 SUNYAC) finished 0-4 on the weekend. Saturday, they held off Oneonta in the early innings of both games, but once the Red Dragons jumped ahead, things snowballed. Conroy made pitching changes and went out to talk to her team, but Plattsburgh still couldn’t slow Oneonta’s momentum.

“I think we just need to stay tough and keep good body language,” Conroy said. “I think letting teams know that we’re not going to give up is going to be a key for us, not just next weekend but for the future.”

The Red Dragons (20-9, 10-3) were coming off of two routs against Potsdam, and Lichtenstein said that gave them extra confidence. Jamie Whittam stole home in the third inning to get them going in the first game Saturday, and then Marzillo sent a two-run shot over the center-field fence.

Lichtenstein belted a three-run dinger in the fourth inning and added a grand slam in the fifth. The sophomore said it was the first time she had hit multiple home runs in a game.

Plattsburgh committed three errors and was limited to two hits.

Sabrina DeAngelis earned the win after fanning two and walking one. Plattsburgh starter Morgan Anderson gave up nine hits and five runs, and Kristin Fisher threw two innings of relief.

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