March 30, 2013

Cardinal softball captures a pair against Geneseo


---- — GENESEO — A seventh-inning rally helped the No. 25 Plattsburgh State softball team to a doubleheader sweep of Geneseo in the second of two SUNYAC games of the season Friday.

The Cardinals (9-5, 2-0) combined for 11 runs on the day.

“We really made offensive output a focus this weekend,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “We were able to produce more runs. It’s a great way to start our SUNYAC schedule.

“(Geneseo) is a tough team, but we were able to do what we had to do to win. We showed control and perseverance.”

Megan Price, who homered, powered Plattsburgh to a 6-1 win over the Blue Knights (4-10, 0-2) in the first game of the doubleheader, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs.

Kristin Nabor went 4-for-4, while Brittany Marshall and Michelle Iannone each added two hits, helping the Cardinals total 12 hits in game one. Samantha Tenney reached base twice with a pair of walks.

Ashley Marshall improved to 7-2 on the year, holding the Blue Knights to just one run on two hits. Marshall struck out eight through 5.1 innings. Morgan Anderson allowed two hits in 1.2 innings of relief.

Geneseo’s Katie Gallagher took the loss, giving up six runs and 11 hits in six innings of work. Gallagher walked three and struck out six.

Trailing by one run in the top of the seventh, an error on a play at the plate led to two Plattsburgh State runs to give the Cardinals a come-from-behind 5-4 win and complete the sweep of the Blue Knights.

The Cardinals cut the deficit to two in the top of the sixth when an RBI double by Megan Price allowed McCarty to score.

Brianne Clarke led off the Plattsburgh half of the seventh with a double to left field. Pinch-hitter Nicole Milano drove in Clarke with a one-out double, bringing the Cardinals within one. Milano was lifted for pinch-runner Natasha Schultz before Kristin Nabor singled to right and advance to second on the throw, putting two runners in scoring position.

The next batter, Samantha Tenney, stepped in and flied out to left field causing the runners to tag up and forcing a play at the plate. With a one-hop throw it appeared Nabor would be out at the plate but the ball popped out of the catcher’s glove and rolled toward first base, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score for the Cardinals.

Ashley Marshall came out of the bullpen to give up seven hits and one earned run, while striking out six. In the bottom of the seventh she retired the side in order to secure her second win of the day.

Geneseo’s Corrin Spallone was tagged for two earned runs and nine hits in the loss.

“Ashley (Marshall) did a great job putting us in a position to win,” Zweig said. “Our pitchers did a great job. Morgan Anderson and Samantha Moss put in some solid work on the mound.”

The Cardinals will wrap up the weekend with a doubleheader against Brockport on Saturday at 3 p.m. The games will be played at Geneseo due to unplayable field conditions in Brockport.

Plattsburgh 6, Geneseo 1

Plattsburgh 002 301 0 — 6 12 0

Geneseo 001 000 0 — 1 4 0

Marshall, Anderson (6) and Tenney. Gallagher. Moore (7) and Fillmore. WP- Marshall. LP- Gallagher. 2B- Iannone (PSU), Price (PSU), Fillmore (GSU). HR- Price (PSU).

Plattsburgh 5, Geneseo 4

Plattsburgh 010 001 3 — 5 9 1

Geneseo 002 200 0 — 4 10 4

Marshall, Moss (6) and Tenney. Spallone and Fillmore. WP- Marshall. LP- Spallone. 2B- Clarke (PSU), Milano (PSU), Price 2 (PSU), Porreca (GEN).