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April 11, 2014

Cardinals need to make a run soon

PLATTSBURGH — After this weekend, the Plattsburgh State baseball team will have just one-third of its SUNY Athletic Conference schedule remaining.

So, if the Cardinals (8-14, 3-5 SUNYAC) expect to make a run at the conference tournament, this weekend might be a good time to start doing so.

Plattsburgh has four games scheduled over the next three days at Siena College.

The first three are home contests against Brockport today and then a doubleheader Saturday. On Sunday, Plattsburgh has one game against Cortland, which is unbeaten in league play, to finish off their three-game series.

“We can only wait so long to do something,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We need to get on some kind of a roll.”

The Cardinals, who have shown glimpses of being a good team, are coming off a disappointing 8-4 loss at Oneonta on Sunday. The Red Dragons took two of three weekend games.

“We need to find some sort of consistency,” Doorey said. “When we pitch well, we don’t hit or play defense well. When we hit well, we don’t pitch or play defense well. When we play good defense, we don’t hit or pitch well.

“We haven’t put all three facets of the game together very many times this season. We need our upperclassmen to start taking the bull by the horns and lead by example — or we will be on the outside looking in.

“We have some pretty good talent, but we’re not playing up to potential.”

The way the Cardinals’ individual statistics stack up, Plattsburgh might be fortunate to have a 3-5 conference record.

Nicholas Lupo, at .312, is the only Plattsburgh player batting over .300. The next highest regular is Yuya Osawa at .258. The Cardinals are hitting just .230 as a team compared to their opponents’ .295. Plattsburgh averages 4.36 runs a contest.

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