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April 15, 2013

Cards claim crucial road win

BROCKPORT — The Plattsburgh State baseball team’s offense woke up with 17 hits on Sunday.

But it took Steven Corea’s relief work to seal the deal in the Cardinals’ 9-8 victory at The College of Brockport in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

Plattsburgh (9-16, 4-8) kept its conference tournament hopes alive by taking two of three from the Golden Eagles (13-12, 4-9) over the weekend.

“By far, this is our biggest win of the season, especially emotionally,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We took the early lead, fell behind and then came back to win it. That should give our players the belief they can win games like this.

“We’re still alive in the conference.”

The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-1 lead before the Golden Eagles rallied to take an 8-6 advantage with four runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth.

“The coaching staff was pretty nervous when they took the 8-6 lead,” Doorey said. “It was like, ‘Here we go again.’”

But Corea, who took over in relief in the fifth, slammed the door on Brockport the rest of the way to pick up the win. In 4.2 innings, Corea allowed one hit, walked one, struck out four and did not allow any runs.

“He retired 10 batters in a row at one time and allowed only the one walk when he came into the game,” Doorey said. “It makes it a lot easier when you don’t walk people. Steven was awesome. He did what he needed to do and was exactly what we needed.”

The Cardinals chipped away with a run in the sixth and one more in the seventh to tie it before scoring the game-winning run in the top of the ninth.

Mike Vargues led off the inning with a double to left field, was sacrificed to third by John Casten and came across to score on a passed ball.

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