April 23, 2014

Cardinals start eight-game week against St. Lawrence

The Plattsburgh State softball team is set to wrap up the regular season this week, starting with a nonconference doubleheader today at St. Lawrence.

With eight games left on the schedule, the Cardinals are focusing on playing up to their potential.

“I feel like so far this year we haven’t really played to our highest ability, so this (week) our goal is to do that and to try to have some fun while doing it,” senior Brianna Clarke said. “And just go out and play our game.”

Clarke added that to do that, the Cardinals (6-20) need to focus on finishing games and not falling apart in the middle innings.

St. Lawrence (9-17) will try to get in its first home games today. The Saints are coming off a road split with Elmira on Monday, and they went 3-3 last week.

Senior outfielder Rebecca Allen leads the team with a .390 batting average, 30 hits and 20 RBI. Nicole Matthews is hitting .344, and Aisha O’Connor has 28 hits and a .304 average.

Kyle Plimpton, a junior, has been St. Lawrence’s top pitcher; she has gone 5-11 while posting a 3.37 ERA. Plimpton has started 20 of the Saints’ 26 games.

The St. Lawrence roster also includes freshman outfielder Sumra Sikandar, a former AuSable Valley player.

Plattsburgh will use today’s games to get ready for the closing stretch of the SUNY Athletic Conference season. The Cardinals will play three conference opponents at Cardinal Park this weekend.

“I think it’s important for us again to really get those hits and string up some runs and definitely support our pitchers and really play a complete day of softball,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said of the St. Lawrence doubleheader. “And not just have a day where we play good defense but we didn’t hit, or the pitchers did OK and they competed hard against a good team, but we didn’t hit.

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