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March 31, 2014

Moss has tall order to follow

Looking at Sam Moss’s pitching stats, the strikeouts column doesn’t stand out. Especially considering that Plattsburgh State’s top pitcher last year, Ashley Marshall, averaged more than 10 K’s per seven innings.

Moss knows people probably overlook her after seeing her stats.

“Definitely. Especially because I’m a sophomore, so I don’t have that upperclassman experience yet,” Moss said. “They probably overlook the whole team. Our stats from Florida aren’t very good, but that doesn’t show how hard we work.”

Moss and the rest of the Cardinals (2-10) are trying to surpass expectations this season. They begin the SUNY Athletic Conference softball schedule today with a doubleheader at Cortland.

Moss is the most experienced of Plattsburgh’s three pitchers and has seen the most action this season, throwing 38 innings during a 12-game visit to Florida. But coach Stephanie Conroy isn’t ready to call the right-hander from Nesconset the Cardinals’ No. 1 pitcher.

“I don’t know; she has potential to be, but whether or not she steps up, that’s up to her,” Conroy said, adding that all three pitchers have characteristics the team needs.

With Marshall graduating last year, Moss acknowledged she has “big shoes to fill” but said she’s not trying to do it on her own. She said she, sophomore Morgan Anderson and junior Kristin Fisher fill the void as a unit.

Conroy said she always recruits pitchers, but this year she didn’t find any who were a good fit for the team.

Moss didn’t hesitate to admit that none of this year’s pitchers have a style similar to Marshall, who is the program’s all-time strikeouts leader. Moss has earned both of Plattsburgh’s wins this season, tossing a complete-game one-hitter against Eastern Connecticut State and earning a victory in relief against Allegheny. She sports a 4.97 ERA and has thrown 23 strikeouts and 20 walks.

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