April 20, 2013

Cards missing 'big hit' against Hawks


---- — NEW PALTZ — The Plattsburgh State baseball team had eight hits and were the recipients of nine walks Friday afternoon.

The Cardinals, however, were only able to score four runs with all those baserunners and that was the difference in a 6-4 loss at New Paltz in SUNY Athletic Conference play.

“We had a lot of opportunities,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We played very well, but couldn’t get that one big hit.

“We did a good job working the count and the game was setting up well for us. Our focus was better today.”

David Lostaglio led the Hawks (13-14, 9-6) with three hits and four RBI, while Anthony Repetto, Matt Prescia and Matt Kaldon added two hits each in a 12-hit attack.

Chris Chismar got the pitching win, despite allowing four hits and seven walks over the first 5.2 innings. John Schmidt went the final 3.1 scoreless innings for the save, despite allowing four hits and two walks.

“Our objective was to get Chismar out of the game as quickly as we could and keep the game close in order to have an opportunity to win,” Doorey said.

“If we could have gotten a couple of more hits early on, we would have gotten him out of the game quicker. He’s the best pitcher in our league and we needed to find a way to win the game. We didn’t take advantage of what was given to us.”

Luke Weaver and Shane Houppert paced the Cardinals (9-18, 4-9) with two hits apiece.

New Paltz jumped in front with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Plattsburgh rallied to tie it, only to have the Hawks take the lead for good with two runs in the third. The Cardinals got back to within one run in the sixth, but that would be as close as they would get the rest of the way.

Starting and losing pitcher Scott Orr, a freshman, had a difficult time of it, surrendering five runs, 10 hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. Reliever Mike Doughtie allowed one run over the last 2.2 innings.

“There was a little bit of pressure on Scott and we had to see what he’s made of,” Doorey said. “He had a rough first inning and then got the first two batters out in the third before giving up two runs on three-straight hits.

“He battled and got a little better as the game went on. Hopefully, he will learn from it and continue to improve. Mike pitched well in relief for us to keep it close.”

The Cardinals and Hawks play a doubleheader today, with the first game starting at noon.

Brian Burns will likely get the pitching start in the opener and Plattsburgh needs to win both games to stay in the conference playoff hunt.

New Paltz 6, Plattsburgh 4

Plattsburgh 012 001 000 — 4 8 1

New Paltz 302 000 10x — 6 12 1

Orr, Doughtie (6) and Casten. Chismar, Schmidt (6) and Kaldon. WP- Chismar. LP- Orr. Sv- Schmidt. 2B- Latulipe (PSU), Lostaglio (NP).