March 23, 2013

PSU softball team ends trip with split


---- — CLERMONT, Fla. – The Plattsburgh State softball team wrapped up its final day at the National Training Center Spring Games with a split against William Paterson and the Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Cardinals finished their spring trip with a 7-5 record.

“I think playing competitive teams early on and the type of games we played is only going to make us more prepared for conference play,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said.

Plattsburgh State 10, William Paterson 2 (6 inn.)

The Cardinals scored 10 runs on 14 hits to run-rule William Paterson in Friday’s first game. Plattsburgh enjoyed a nice day at the plate in the six-inning game as Brianna Clarke went 2-for-3 with three RBI, including a two-run home run. Kristine Gay went 3-for-3 and also contributed two RBI.

Brittany Marshall had two hits and an RBI, and Sam Capobianco added an RBI single. Megan Price and Michelle Iannone chipped in two hits apiece.

Sam Moss earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. Moss walked one and had one strikeout. Ashley Marshall came on in relief to record the final two outs in the victory.

“We did really well. We were excited to come back after (Thursday),” Zweig said, referring to the Cardinals’ two shutout losses the day before. “They were a tough team, but we took charge right away. And Sam Moss did really well for us.”

Wisconsin-Whitewater 3,Plattsburgh State 2

Four errors proved to be costly for the Cardinals. Ashley Marshall threw a complete game and gave up just one earned run. Marshall allowed five hits and one walk while striking out eight batters in the loss.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Brittany Marshall got things going with a double before advancing to third on a single by Gay. An RBI single by Clarke brought home Marshall for Plattsburgh’s first run. Later in the inning, Capobianco drove in the Cardinals’ second run on a fielder’s choice.

Plattsburgh finished the day with four hits, three of which came in the two-run first inning.

Wisconsin-Whitewater answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning to make it a one-run game.

The Warhawks knotted the score in the bottom of the third after a fielding error by the Cardinals before scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth on a two-out error.

“A couple of errors hurt us in the second game,” Zweig said. “I think mentally it was just the end of a long week. But overall it was a good week.”

Plattsburgh is slated to begin its SUNY Athletic Conference schedule next weekend with a trip to Geneseo and Brockport.