April 15, 2013

Plattsburgh State softball sweeps Oswego in first home games


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Ashley Marshall allowed just one hit on the day in picking up a victory and a save in the Plattsburgh State softball team’s SUNY Athletic Conference 6-0 and 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Oswego on Sunday.

The Cardinals (16-10, 6-4), who received a big day at the plate from Brianna Clarke, host Cortland in a twinbill today, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

“It was a good day for us,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “This was our home opener — we worked hard to get the field ready.

“We defended our home field, and it was a good start to our conference season at home.”

In the first game Sunday, Marshall went the first 5 1-3 innings and did not allow a hit, while walking two and striking out eight.

Then in the second contest, Marshall surrendered one hit, did not walk anyone and struck out five in going the final 2 2-3 innings in relief of starting and winning pitcher Samantha Moss.

“Ashley did real well in the first game, and Morgan Anderson, our freshman closer, finished it off.

“Samantha gave us a good start in the second game, and Ashley came in to shut the door. They worked well together.”

Plattsburgh scored all six of its runs in the third inning of the opener against losing pitcher Sarah Thayer. The key hit in the outburst was a three-run homer off the bat of Samantha Capobianco.

Clarke, Michelle Iannone and Megan Price also drove in runs with base hits. Clarke was the only Cardinal with two hits in the contest.

Katie Bredin accounted for the lone hit for the Lakers (6-12, 3-5) with a single off reliever Anderson in the sixth inning.

The second game was a lot closer as Oswego rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to make it interesting.

“I didn’t want to see it get any closer than that,” Zweig said.

Clarke, who went three-for-three in the game and five-for-five on the day, belted a two-run homer that helped the Cardinals take a four-run lead in the second inning off losing pitcher Alexis Nasca. Clarke finished with three RBI in all.

Kerry McCarty added a two-run double in the second, which put Plattsburgh ahead to stay.

Brittany Marshall and Kristine Gay chipped in with two hits and a run scored each for the Cardinals, who had 10 hits in all.

“Clarke has been swinging the bat real well, and she has been our most consistent hitter,” Zweig said. “She was true to form today.

“But we got contributions from other players as well, and we had a couple of big innings. We hit two home runs on the day and swung the bats well.”

Moss went 4 1-3 innings for the pitching win as she allowed four hits, two earned runs, walked three and struck out two.

Sammie Schroeter paced the Lakers with two hits, while Dee Apps scored two runs and Nicole Ouellette drove in two.

“We definitely got enough rest before the weekend,” Zweig said. “We’ll be ready to play against Cortland.”

Plattsburgh 6, Oswego 0

Oswego 000 000 0 — 0 1 1

Plattsburgh 006 000 x — 6 8 1

Thayer and Radley. A. Marshall, Anderson (6) and Tenney. WP- A. Marshall. LP- Thayer. HR- Capobianco (PSU).

Plattsburgh 5, Oswego 4

Oswego 102 000 0 — 4 5 0

Plattsburgh 140 000 x — 5 10 1

Ouellette, Nasca (1) and Abramowski. Moss, A. Marshall (5) and Tenney. WP- Moss. LP- Nasca. Sv- A. Marshall. 2B- McCarty (PSU). 3B- Schroeter (Osw). HR- Clarke (PSU).