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April 20, 2013

Cardinals leaning heavily on Marshall, head to Potsdam

Of the 187 innings pitched by Plattsburgh State this season, Ashley Marshall has thrown 127 of them. She’s appeared in all but two of the Cardinals’ 28 softball games.

The senior has been Plattsburgh’s No. 1 pitcher her whole career, but with two freshmen on the staff this year, the Cardinals (17-11, 7-5 SUNYAC) are relying on Marshall more than ever.

The Malone native admitted that the heavy workload sometimes wears on her, but she added that it’s part of her role.

“I get tired, but you gotta work through it, I guess,” Marshall said. “And I guess it’s kinda my job to do what I gotta do. So I’m just going to tough it out and push through it, and if I gotta pitch a lot of innings, then I have to pitch a lot of innings, and that’s just the way it is.”

If today’s doubleheader at Potsdam follows the pattern of most of the season, Marshall will start one game and relieve Samantha Moss in the other one. Marshall has pitched more innings than anyone else in the SUNY Athletic Conference by far — the next closest is Buffalo State’s Maddie Coneys with 86 1/3. Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said fatigue is something the coaches consider with Marshall, but it’s not a major concern.

Marshall leads the conference in ERA (1.71), strikeouts (198) and wins (14). She has four losses and two saves and has walked just 22 batters. Last year, she made a career-high 14 appearances in relief, and this season she has already made 13, along with 13 starts.

Marshall said pitching in relief is a little different, but she tries to approach it the same way as starting.

“I try not to think of it differently. I try to keep thinking that it’s 0-0 and it’s the start of the first game,” she said. “Because if … I already threw a whole seven innings and I come in thinking I’m really tired, then nothing’s going to happen. So I just think it’s the beginning of the day all over again and just try to go from there.”

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