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April 28, 2014

Cardinals split in softball

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State got itself into a hole Sunday like it has in a number of recent games. 

But this time the Cardinals climbed back and then got enough pitching and defense to hold on for a win.

Shelby Heyward drove in the go-ahead run and Morgan Anderson earned a save as Plattsburgh defeated Geneseo 5-4 in the second game of a SUNY Athletic Conference softball doubleheader. The Knights prevailed 7-2 in the first game.

Sunday was Senior Day at Cardinal Park, and both Brittany Marshall, who sparked the Game 2 rally, and coach Stephanie Conroy said that motivated the Cardinals (8-24, 4-12).

“I think it’s always about seeing the big picture and seeing why we’re here and why we do things,” Conroy said. “And I think (Sunday) was a perfect message: We wanted to win for those seniors (Sunday) and make it special for them. And, you know, that should be our mission every day — to play for the greater good of the team — and hopefully the team saw that.”

Geneseo built its lead in the second inning of Game 2 with three runs on three hits and an error. The Cardinals got one back in the fourth, when Marshall walked and later scored on Heyward’s single to right field.

The Knights (18-14, 11-7) tacked on another run in the fifth, and then Plattsburgh rallied. With two runners on, Marshall sailed a ball to the center-field fence. The junior infielder said “it felt right” leaving the bat, but it hit the top of the fence and bounced into the field, forcing her to hold up at second but allowing both runners to score. The next batter, Brianna Clarke, doubled in the game-tying run, and then Heyward blasted a line drive past the pitcher to bring in Clarke for a 5-4 Plattsburgh lead.

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