WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — It was a frustrating day for the Plattsburgh State baseball team at the RussMatt Invitational.
The Cardinals (1-5) dropped two closely contested games to Allegheny College, 8-7 and 1-0, to fall to 1-3 on their annual trip to Florida.
In the first game, Plattsburgh fell behind 4-0 after two innings and 8-2 after four.
The Cardinals battled back and eventually cut their deficit to 8-7 with three runs in the top of the seventh. But Plattsburgh had a runner picked off second in the inning and left the bases loaded when the final out was recorded.
To make matters even worse, Plattsburgh stranded an incredible 16 runners in seven innings, including the bases loaded three times.
“When we had the runner picked off, it was clearly a balk but it wasn’t called.” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “But we still had a chance to score after that.
“We had so many chances to score from the first inning on. It’s disappointing because I look back at the game and say we could have scored there, there or there. The most runners you can strand in a seven-inning game is 21 and we stranded 16. I think that would have to be some kind of record for us.”
Mike Kastelic led the Gators with three hits, while Zach Gray, James Kim and Eric Weyant added two each. Brandon Ellis pitched five innings for the win and Kyle Davis got the save.
Brian Latulipe rapped out four hits for the Cardinals, who had 14 hits in all. Casey Brighton followed with three, while Luke Weaver and Mike Mulvihill each added two.
Rafael Ponce, making his first-career start on the hill for Plattsburgh, couldn’t get out of the second inning, allowing two runs in each of the first two innings, before Mike Doughtie finished up.
Doughtie pitched out of a second-inning jam but allowed four runs in the fourth.