SCHENECTADY — Plattsburgh State scored four runs in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s second game to complete a nonconference softball sweep.
After Union tied the nightcap in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals won 8-4 in the extra frame. They blanked the Dutchwomen 2-0 in the opener.
Plattsburgh led 3-2 heading into the seventh inning of the second game after Megan Price and Emily McDonagh rapped back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth. The Cardinals (14-10) added another run in the top of the seventh, but Union put together four straight hits in the bottom of the inning and pushed across two runs to knot the score at 4-4.
Emily Sharlow singled in Brianna Clarke for the go-ahead run in the eighth, and then Plattsburgh added some insurance. Sam Tenney smacked a two-run double, and Kerry McCarty followed with a double of her own, driving in another run to make it 8-4.
“We had some people step up in big situations and get some pretty big hits, and that allowed us to score a bunch of runs and feel more comfortable when we were back in the field,” Plattsburgh assistant coach Nicole Diemer said.
The Dutchwomen (6-15) began the bottom of the inning with a single, but then Ashley Marshall struck out two straight batters and induced a pop-up to end the game.
Price finished with two hits and two RBI, while McCarty and Kristine Gay both had two hits.
Samantha Moss started for Plattsburgh and pitched into the fifth, when Marshall took over. The senior earned the win after scattering seven hits and fanning three batters.
Brittany Marshall led off the first inning of the first game with a double and later scored on a throwing error to give the Cardinals the early lead. Then Clarke hit an RBI single in the third for a 2-0 cushion.