By JOHN CORYER
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State baseball coach Kris Doorey was expecting to play six games before his team embarked on its annual trip to Florida.
Doorey, however, will have to settle for two.
The Cardinals open their 2013 season with a noon doubleheader at Farmingdale State today.
“We were hoping to get the six games in before we left on spring break,” Doorey said. “But that’s not going to happen.
“Everybody in our conference (SUNY Athletic Conference) has played already, except for us and Fredonia.”
Farmingdale, which is located on Long Island, already has a 3-6 record on the season, while the Cardinals went outside at the Plattsburgh State Field House on Friday to work on their game.
The Rams are 2-2 at home and went 1-4 on their earlier trip to Florida.
“Farmingdale lost to Cortland in the regional finals last year,” Doorey said. “They were a top 25 team entering the season but have lost some games. They have an all-turf field and have played four games on it already. So they have the advantage of having played.
“We went outside and scrimmaged Friday on the lacrosse field, which is turf, and let our pitchers throw an inning each to help get us ready. The one thing about a turf field is that there are no bad hops. Defensively, if we stay down on the ball and make the plays, we should be competitive.”
Doorey said his players are itching to play.
“I feel bad for the players,” he said. “They were so excited to play a couple of weekends ago, but the games were canceled and were let down. This weekend, we were supposed to start playing on Friday. Once again the players got their hopes up and were then let down again.”
Marc Plante and Kyle Kelly will get the starts today against the Rams.
“They’re two seniors who have been out there before for us and will provide a little leadership,” Doorey said. “They will go as long as they can. We have some other senior pitchers, like Brian Burns and Mike Doughtie, who we can also rely on out of the bullpen.
“Playing only two games, that should make it a little easier. I think the games will be seven innings. We’d like to get a look at some of the guys before we leave for Florida on Friday. But we’re trying to win two games.”