March 11, 2013

Cardinals drop first games of season

FARMINGDALE — Take away the first two innings Sunday and it wasn’t a bad opening day for the Plattsburgh State baseball team.

The Cardinals dropped a 9-4 and 1-0 doubleheader to Farmingdale State in non-league play. Plattsburgh fell behind the Rams, 8-0, after two innings of the opener and held a 4-2 scoring edge the rest of the day.

“Watching the first two innings, you could tell it was our first game on a field this season,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We were ready to play, but not mentally. When things started to go bad, we were in shock. Farmingdale is a very good team and they took advantage.

“Farmingdale was playing its 10th and 11th games of the season, while we were playing just our first two.”

But Doorey was encouraged with what he saw after that.

“We then pitched better and played pretty well defensively,” he said. “And we hit the ball well at times.

“All in all, except for the two innings where we stunk, it was a pretty good day of baseball for us. We did a lot of things we needed to do, except win a game.”

Plattsburgh starter Marc Plante had a tough outing in the opener, surrendering eight runs, six of which were earned, in pitching into the second.

Brian Burns allowed one run in four innings of relief, while Corey Grossman tossed two scoreless innings and Ross Levinson, one.

“Burns wasn’t great, but he put up some zeroes,” Doorey said. “Our bullpen was able to do a good job.”

The Cardinals scored a run in the fifth inning off winning pitcher Anthony Eilers and added three in the ninth.

Brian Latulipe led Plattsburgh’s five-hit offense with two hits, while Mat Chavez, Casey Brighton and Mike Vargues each added one.

Game 2 was much better, with Farmingdale (5-6) scoring the lone run in the bottom of the eighth on Eric Wiener’s squeeze bunt with runners on second and third.

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