PATCHOGUE — The Plattsburgh State men’s baseball team got a strong start from J.D. Jenkins in the second game Saturday, but dropped a 10-6 and 1-0 season-opening nonconference doubleheader at St. Joseph’s (L.I) in the SUNYAC/Skyline Challenge.
Jenkins, a SUNY Adirondack transfer making his first start in a Plattsburgh uniform, held the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh inning when St. Joseph’s pushed across the game-winning run with two out.
Jenkins allowed six hits, walked four and struck out seven. Robert Hyde and Glenn Patriss combined for the shutout, with Hyde going the first five innings and Patriss the final two for the victory.
“J.D. worked out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the sixth inning,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “He then loaded the bases in the seventh with nobody out. We moved an outfielder in to give us five infielders and we got two fly outs. He got ahead of the next batter 0-2 but then hit him to force in the game-winning run.
“Even the umpire was disappointed to see the game end like that. But, for his first start for us, J.D. put us in position to win and was awesome. He showed how competitive he is going to be for us.”
Brian Latulipe, Frank Buksa and Chris Pescetti accounted for the lone Plattsburgh hits.
“We didn’t put together any good at-bats in the second game,” Doorey said. “And their pitchers only walked one.”
In the first game, the Cardinals got off to a great start with five runs in the top of the first inning.
The Golden Eagles, however, scored one in the bottom of the first and then five in the second off losing pitcher Kyle Kelly to take the lead for good. St. Joseph’s then broke it open with four in the sixth.