April 26, 2013

Cards close SUNYAC season vs. Oswego

PLATTSBURGH — It hasn’t been the type of season the Plattsburgh State baseball team was hoping for in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

The bounce of the ball hasn’t gone the Cardinals’ way in a 4-11 conference campaign that ends with a three-game set against Oswego at Chip Cummings Field this weekend.

The two teams play a single game today at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday.

“We’ll keep trying to play the game the right way and try to win,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We’ve lost six close conference games this season, and if we would have executed better in those games, we might have won them.

“We didn’t have a good beginning to the season, and this is a chance to show what we’re capable of doing. We want to show what happened earlier in the season is not an indication of what kind of team we have.”

Plattsburgh, which is 11-20 overall following a couple of nonconference home victories over Skidmore and Union this week, was eliminated from SUNYAC Tournament consideration after dropping three games at New Paltz last weekend.

The young Plattsburgh team will be looking to end its conference season on a positive note against an Oswego team that has already clinched one of the four playoffs spots in the SUNYAC.

“Oswego is already in the playoffs, and this is a good test to see where we are,” Doorey said. “These games we play at the end of the season are about teaching and learning how to win.

“We’ve played well of late, and a good weekend would give us a positive outlook to next year in the conference. I don’t think our younger players knew what they were getting into when the season started, and they have a better understanding now.

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