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March 16, 2014

Cardinals drop two to open season

CLERMONT, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State softball team could only manufacture two runs on the first day of the 2014 season.

The Cardinals fell to Babson 10-2 Saturday morning and then dropped a 9-0 game to Benedictine at the NTC Spring Games.

“I knew we were going to go out there and have to shake off the cobwebs,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said, noting that it had been a long time since her team had played outdoors. “We obviously didn’t want to get run-ruled, but at the same time it was a huge learning experience. We did good things, had some little wins. We just didn’t put it together.”

Plattsburgh will face Keene State and Wisconsin-River Falls today.

In the opener, No. 20 Babson put up three runs in the first inning and four in the third. The Beavers scored one in each of the next three innings, and the game ended after the sixth.

Tess Rubega went the distance for the win.

Plattsburgh got on the board in the second inning, when Kayla Rabideau hit a two-run single to the right side. Brianna Clarke rapped two doubles in the game. Samantha Moss pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs. Morgan Anderson relieved her.

In the afternoon contest, Benedictine’s Sarah Koch, who finished 3-for-3, singled in a run in the first inning and doubled in three more during a five-run fourth inning. Kelly Mieszala’s triple brought home the other two runs of that inning.

Katie McKay struck out just one batter but held Plattsburgh to four singles as she earned the five-inning victory.

Former Plattsburgh High School pitcher Kristen Fisher made the start for the Cardinals, allowing nine hits and nine runs in 3 1/3 innings. Anderson finished up the fourth inning.

The Cardinals totaled nine hits Saturday.

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