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March 17, 2014

Cardinals suffer close calls in softball

CLERMONT, Fla. — After dropping a couple of one-sided games to open its season the day before, the Plattsburgh State softball team took some positive strides on Sunday.

Still, the Cardinals (0-4) fell to Keene State, 4-3, and Wisconsin-River Falls, 6-5 in eight innings, in the NTC Spring Games.

“It was a lot better than yesterday,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “It was more like us today.”

Keene scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead over Plattsburgh and it stayed that way until the seventh when the Cardinals pushed across two runs to take a 3-2 advantage.

The Owls, however, rallied for two runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the victory.

“Keene’s a tough team — we’ve seen them before in the regionals,” Conroy said. “We were behind for most of the game and had a nice rally in the seventh. But, unfortunately, they were able to come back.”

Samantha Capobianco homered in the second inning for the Cardinals, while Nicole Chiarello and Kerry McCarty added RBI singles in the seventh. Shelby Heyward added a double for Plattsburgh.

The Cardinals also rallied in the second game after falling behind, 3-0.

Plattsburgh scored two runs in the sixth to cut its deficit to 3-2 before River Falls got one back in the bottom of the inning.

The Cardinals, however, forced extra innings with two in the seventh and added one in the eighth to take the lead. The Falcons then came back with two in the home half of the inning to win the game.

“I was impressed with what we were able to do,” Conroy said. “I was proud of the team for battling the way they did and we were right there in both games.

“It’s a different team we have this season.”

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