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April 6, 2013

Cardinals at crossroads in SUNYAC race

PLATTSBURGH — This weekend has become a crucial one for the Plattsburgh State baseball team.

The Cardinals (5-12, 1-5) have put themselves in a hole in the SUNY Athletic Conference regular season and need something good to happen today and Sunday in order to jump back into contention for a playoff spot.

Plattsburgh will play a three-game set at Oneonta, with a 3 p.m. game today and a noon doubleheader Sunday.

The Cardinals are already a disappointing 1-5 in conference play with half of their SUNYAC games remaining after the weekend’s conclusion.

Remaining would be three-game road sets against Brockport and New Paltz and a home three-game weekend with Oswego.

“I hate to say it being just halfway through the conference season,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said, “but this is make it or break it time for us. Most of our remaining games in the conference are on the road.

“We still control our own destiny like everyone else in the conference. But we’d like to keep our destiny in our own hands.”

Plattsburgh recently dropped three home contests to conference power Cortland, which is ranked second in the country in Division III. But what hurt the Cardinals more was losing two of three to Fredonia at the end of their Florida trip.

“That last loss to Fredonia hurts the most because that’s a game we felt we should have won,” Doorey said. “Our conference is so tough — anyone can beat anyone else on a given day. Oswego beat Cortland (Thursday).

“In our conference, you don’t have that one team where you feel you know you’re going to win. We haven’t had that in a while.”

Oneonta (6-12, 1-0), meanwhile, has played only one conference game due to the weather and that was a 3-1 victory over New Paltz Tuesday.

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