April 21, 2013

PSU playoff hopes come to end with two losses


---- — NEW PALTZ — The Plattsburgh State baseball team managed only two runs in 16 innings Saturday and had its SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament hopes come to an end.

New Paltz (15-14, 11-6) recorded 7-0 and 3-2 victories over the Cardinals (9-20, 4-11) to complete a three-game weekend sweep.

“Today was a microcosm of our season,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We knocked out the best pitcher in the league (Friday) and never took advantage of anything (Saturday).”

Andrew Grann went the full seven innings to blank Plattsburgh in the opener. Grann allowed three hits, walked three and struck out three. Brian Burns started for Plattsburgh and took the loss.

Matt Carr and David Lostaglio rapped out two hits apiece for the Hawks, who had every starter except for one get at least a hit.

New Paltz broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the third.

Shane Houppert, Brian Latulipe and Mat Chavez accounted for the lone Plattsburgh hits.

“In the first inning, they dropped a fly ball and maybe we jump on it and get out to an early lead,” Doorey said. “But we didn’t. Then, after they scored, we had an opportunity to come back and drive a runner in. But once again we didn’t.

“Brian hadn’t pitched like this all season. But there’s a lot of pressure on him to be perfect.”

The second game was much more competitive as Corey Grossman gave the Cardinals a good pitching performance, despite taking the loss. Grossman allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out two in going the distance.

But New Paltz starter and winner Chris Pyz held the Cardinals to eight hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three over seven innings. Mike Pastorino took over in the eighth and Brian Solomon in the ninth for the save.

Carr led the Hawks offensively with three hits and Matt Kaldon added two. Carr, Kaldon and Anthony Repetto drove in the New Paltz runs.

Luke Weaver and Kevin Briggs paced the Cardinals with two hits apiece. Briggs and Weaver rapped RBI singles in the fifth inning to give Plattsburgh a 2-1 lead. New Paltz then came back with two in the bottom of the inning.

“Corey threw a pretty good game for us,” Doorey said. “But after we went out and gave him the lead, he hit a guy and then gave up a double.

“We started one junior with the rest of the players being sophomores and freshmen in the second game. The future looks bright, but I’m disappointed for the guys who are on the team right now.

“We have to learn how to create things. It’s tough, but we need to learn how to get over the hump. New Paltz is a good team and we have to play well against them. When a team makes a mistake defensively, we have to jump on it.”

The Cardinals close out their conference regular season schedule this coming weekend at home versus Oswego. Plattsburgh has non-conference home games during the week against Skidmore College on Tuesday and Union College on Wednesday.

New Paltz 7, Plattsburgh 0

Plattsburgh 000 000 0 — 0 3 0

New Paltz 005 002 x — 7 10 2

Burns, Corea (6) and Casten. Grann and Kaldon. WP- Grann. LP- Burns. 2B- Carr (NP), Kaldon (NP), Morse (NP).

New Paltz 3, Plattsburgh 2

Plattsburgh 000 020 000 — 2 8 1

New Paltz 010 020 00x — 3 8 0

Grossman and Briggs, Casten (8). Pyz, Pastorino (8), Solomon (9) and Kaldon. WP- Pyz. LP- Grossman. Sv- Solomon. 2B- Weightman (PSU), Carr (NP), Lostaglio (NP), Kaldon (NP)