April 15, 2013

Plattsburgh State softball sweeps Oswego in first home games

PLATTSBURGH — Ashley Marshall allowed just one hit on the day in picking up a victory and a save in the Plattsburgh State softball team’s SUNY Athletic Conference 6-0 and 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Oswego on Sunday.

The Cardinals (16-10, 6-4), who received a big day at the plate from Brianna Clarke, host Cortland in a twinbill today, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

“It was a good day for us,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “This was our home opener — we worked hard to get the field ready.

“We defended our home field, and it was a good start to our conference season at home.”

In the first game Sunday, Marshall went the first 5 1-3 innings and did not allow a hit, while walking two and striking out eight.

Then in the second contest, Marshall surrendered one hit, did not walk anyone and struck out five in going the final 2 2-3 innings in relief of starting and winning pitcher Samantha Moss.

“Ashley did real well in the first game, and Morgan Anderson, our freshman closer, finished it off.

“Samantha gave us a good start in the second game, and Ashley came in to shut the door. They worked well together.”

Plattsburgh scored all six of its runs in the third inning of the opener against losing pitcher Sarah Thayer. The key hit in the outburst was a three-run homer off the bat of Samantha Capobianco.

Clarke, Michelle Iannone and Megan Price also drove in runs with base hits. Clarke was the only Cardinal with two hits in the contest.

Katie Bredin accounted for the lone hit for the Lakers (6-12, 3-5) with a single off reliever Anderson in the sixth inning.

The second game was a lot closer as Oswego rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to make it interesting.

“I didn’t want to see it get any closer than that,” Zweig said.

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