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April 24, 2014

Plattsburgh State splits with the Saints

CANTON — Plattsburgh State got a couple of clutch hits in Game 1 Wednesday and then settled for a split in a nonconference softball doubleheader with St. Lawrence.

Brianna Clarke drove in the winning run for a 3-2 victory, and then the Saints scored in the sixth to claim the nightcap 7-6.

“(Wednesday) was a good day for us to get through some of the barriers we needed to get through,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “We got a win under our belt, which we hadn’t had last weekend. It always feels good when you compete, and I think we’re ready to go this weekend.”

The Cardinals (7-21) play three SUNY Athletic Conference opponents this weekend, starting with Brockport on Friday.

The Saints tied the first game with Cailyn Welsh’s two-run single in the third inning. The score stayed knotted until Plattsburgh’s two-out rally in the top of the seventh. Brittany Marshall singled to left field, and then Clarke sent the ball back to left for a double, bringing in Marshall.

Morgan Anderson retired the first three batters in the bottom half to preserve the win. The sophomore pitcher earned the complete-game win while scattering seven hits and striking out three.

Losing pitcher Kyle Plimpton fanned 12 Cardinals but also walked six. She gave up four hits.

Marshall finished the game with two hits, and she also drew two walks. Nicole Chiarello scored the game’s first run on a passed ball in the first, and Shelby Heyward singled in a run in the third for a short-lived 2-0 lead.

In the second game, Plattsburgh had a big inning in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Clarke drove in three runs with a double, and later Sam Capobianco added a two-run double.

St. Lawrence (10-18) pulled back in front when Hannah Sears belted a three-run homer in the bottom half, but Plattsburgh tied it in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Marshall.

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