April 14, 2013

Brian Burns helps Cardinals split with Brockport

BROCKPORT — Thanks to Brian Burns, the Plattsburgh State baseball team’s slim hopes of making the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament are still alive.

Burns went the distance for the pitching win in the second game Saturday as the Cardinals edged out a 3-2 victory in eight innings over Brockport on Luke Weaver’s run-scoring single in the top of the eighth.

The win gave Plattsburgh (8-16, 3-8 SUNYAC) a split of the doubleheader after the Golden Eagles (13-11, 4-8) rolled to a 10-1 win in the first game.

The weather cooperated Saturday with the teams able to get in the two contests, leaving a noon single game today to close out the weekend set.

“We’re still alive,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “But we need to win tomorrow (today).”

Burns allowed four hits and two unearned runs, walked four and struck out six in going the eight innings in the second game. Plattsburgh prevailed despite making four errors.

Burns preserved a 2-all tie by escaping a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the fifth inning by inducing two infield pops and an infield grounder.

“Burns pitched the heck out of the ball,” Doorey said. “He continues to be a guy who we assume will keep the game close for us when he’s on the mound and give us an opportunity to win.

“He had to work out of a couple of jams, one being with the bases loaded and nobody out. That was huge for us because we had just tied the game with two runs in the top of the inning. We get two runs back and then hand them a rally. The wheels could have come off right there, and Brian made some good pitches.”

The Golden Eagles took the lead with two runs in the third without the benefit of a hit on an error, hit batsman, walk, a hit batsman to force in a run and a walk to force in another.

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