ONEONTA — It was there for the taking Sunday.
The Plattsburgh State baseball team, in dire need of a doubleheader sweep, held on for a 6-5 victory over Oneonta in the first game, and it was tied at 1-all going into the bottom of the seventh inning in the second contest before the Red Dragons pushed across a run in the seventh and added another in the eighth for a 3-1 win and a split of their SUNY Athletic Conference twinbill.
Oneonta is now 8-13 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Plattsburgh stands at 6-14 overall and 2-7 in league play.
“These were two good baseball games,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We just didn’t do enough offensively to win the second game.”
In the first game, winning pitcher Brian Burns came within one out of a complete game as he allowed four hits, walked four and struck out four.
“Brian pitched extremely well before running into some trouble in the seventh inning,” Doorey said.
Plattsburgh appeared to be in good shape when it scored three runs in the top of the seventh, two on errors and one on Casey Brighton’s double, to take a 6-1 advantage into the bottom of the inning.
However, Oneonta tallied four times after two were out, including a three-run double by Chris Orlando that made it 6-5.
Reliever Corey Grossman, who picked up the save, struck out the final batter of the game with runners on first and second.
Brian Latulipe singled in a run in the third inning for Plattsburgh and John Casten singled in two more in the fourth for a 3-0 Cardinal lead.
Brighton and Casten paced Plattsburgh with two hits each, while Dean Haussel finished with two hits for Oneonta.
“We did some good things offensively in the first game,” Doorey said. “We did the little things we needed to do.