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April 12, 2014

Cardinal rally falls short in loss to Brockport

LOUDONVILLE — Frustration reached a new level for the Plattsburgh State baseball team Friday.

The Cardinals (8-15, 3-6), down by a 5-1 score, rallied in the late going only to strand eight runners over the final three innings in a crushing 5-4 SUNY Athletic Conference loss to The College at Brockport (12-9, 4-6) at Siena College.

“I’m at a loss for words,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We scored a run in the first inning and then didn’t do anything for the next five innings. We didn’t get a base runner.

“Then we strand eight guys over the last three innings.”

Plattsburgh starter J.D. Jenkins blanked the Golden Eagles over the first five innings as the Cardinals held a 1-0 lead.

But Brockport tallied two in the sixth and three more in the seventh, with all three runs unearned, to grab a 5-1 advantage.

In the bottom of the seventh, however, Brian Latulipe and Frank Buksa singled before Jeremy Rodriquez hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2. The Cardinals then loaded the bases only to have Jonathan Repetto line out and pinch-hitter Joe Tolosky ground out.

“We sent Joe up there and tried to catch lightning in the bottle,” Doorey said. “Joe hit the ball hard, but their first baseman stayed in front of it and made the play.”

Plattsburgh then scored two more runs in the eighth when Nicholas Lupo singled, Luke Weaver sacrificed, Latulipe rapped an RBI single, Buksa singled, Rodriquez singled and Chris Pescetti singled in a run to load the bases with one out. Yuya Osawa, however, struck out looking and Repetto grounded out.

“We had situations in the seventh and eighth where a ground ball or a fly ball might have gotten a run home,” Doorey said.

The Cardinals had one last chance in the ninth and it looked good when pinch-hitter John Casten led off with a single and Lupo was hit by a pitch. But Weaver bunted into a force out, Latulipe flied out and Buksa struck out looking to end the threat.

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