PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State baseball team finally found a way to win a one-run conference game.
It’s probably, however, a little too late for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh, after dropping a 4-3 setback in nine innings in the opener, posted a 3-2 victory over New Paltz in the nightcap for a split of its SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader at Chip Cummings Field Saturday.
Plattsburgh (10-19, 5-10) lost two of three to the Hawks (14-18, 6-10) over the weekend and has a three-game conference set remaining at Oswego this coming weekend. The Cardinals will likely need to win all three games to have any chance at making the SUNYAC Tournament and the Lakers, who defeated conference power Cortland two out of three times this year, will be a formidable foe.
“Realistically, we will need to win three games and get some help,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We put ourselves in this spot. We couldn’t win the close games and lost five conference games in a row by one run.
“It’s very frustrating for everyone on our team. I keep beating my head on the wall, trying to do something. Our pitching is the second-best in the conference when it comes to conference games. But we’re still figuring out a way to score runs and that has been the story of our season.”
The Cardinals rapped out 13 hits in the opener against seven New Paltz pitchers, but stranded nine runners.
The Hawks took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Cardinals had a golden opportunity to win the game.
Nicholas Lupo reached on an infield error and both Yuya Osawa and Brian Latulipe bunted for hits to load the bases with nobody out. But Jeremy Rodriquez grounded into a double play with the tying run scoring, and Chris Pescetti flied out, forcing the game into extra innings.