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May 5, 2013

Cortland knocks PSU from tourney

BROCKPORT — Just like on Friday, Plattsburgh State and Cortland were locked in a 1-1 softball game that stretched into extra innings Saturday.

And just like on Friday, the Cardinals ended up with a gut-wrenching loss.

The Red Dragons scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth to win 2-1 and eliminate Plattsburgh from the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament.

“We definitely fought,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “We definitely did everything that we could do. I think that we played two tough games against them, and I’m just real proud of us for putting up a fight.”

Zweig said the game had a similar feel to Cortland’s 13-inning win Friday.

“It definitely had that intensity,” she said. “But I think that we didn’t hit as well as we did (Friday). I definitely give credit to their pitcher for being able to adjust to our hitters.”

Cortland (28-14) went on to edge Geneseo 8-7 in the afternoon, claiming the championship and the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. The full tournament field will be announced at 10 a.m. Monday.

The second-seeded Red Dragons took a lead in the first inning when Diane Cork doubled and then scored on Lucia Meola’s sacrifice fly.

No. 3 seed Plattsburgh (24-16) didn’t put a runner on base the next two innings, but in the top of the fourth, Cortland committed two consecutive errors to give the Cardinals two base runners. The Red Dragons turned a double play after that, but then Kristine Gay scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Cortland stranded two runners in the sixth, and neither team got much going in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.

Erin Wolstenholme drew a walk to start the bottom of the ninth, and when Nicole Gallo bunted and the throw to first glanced off a glove and into the outfield, Wolstenholme raced home to end the game.

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