April 25, 2013

Cardinals take down Union in college baseball


---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State baseball team put together one of its best all-around efforts of the season Wednesday in a 6-2 non-conference win over Union College at Chip Cummings Field.

Mike Vargues allowed one run over the first six innings to get the pitching win and the Cardinals rapped out 10 hits.

“It was a very good game for us,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We played clean baseball. It was definitely one of our best all-around games.

“These midweek games aren’t easy because we have players who have classes to attend to. But we were in pretty good shape today.”

Vargues allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three. Steven Corea sealed the win with two scoreless innings in relief.

“Vargues threw the ball pretty well,” Doorey said. “He’s one of our two-way guys and he’s becoming a pitcher of the future for us.”

Offensively, Shane Houppert, Chris Pescetti and Vargues led the way with two hits apiece, with Houppert and Pescetti each driving in two runs. Nicholas Lupo added a RBI single and Ben Weightman a pinch-hit RBI single.

“Once again, we did a lot of the little things,” Doorey said. “We bunted the ball well and were aggressive running the bases — maybe too aggressive at times.

“We also got some two-out hits to drive in runs — something we haven’t been getting for most of the season.”

The Cardinals (11-20) held a 2-1 lead when they scored three runs in the sixth to take a 5-1 advantage.

Tyler Heck had a single, double and triple for the Dutchmen (18-7). Vincent Esposito added two hits. Matt Yonta, the second of five Union pitchers, took the loss.

Former Plattsburgh High School standout C.J. Worley played a good game behind the plate for Union and went 1-for-3 offensively.

“Union is a good team — they’re 15-3 in their conference,” Doorey said.

“Once again, this was a good experience for our young team as they learn how to win. We’re not a bad baseball team.”

The Cardinals close out their SUNY Athletic Conference schedule this weekend at home against Oswego. The two play a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. and a noon doubleheader on Saturday.

Plattsburgh has also added a 1 p.m. non-conference home twinbill with Castleton State on Sunday.

“The more baseball we play, the better,” Doorey said.

Plattsburgh 6, Union 2

Union 000 100 100 — 2 9 2

Plattsburgh 100 013 10x — 6 10 0

Beaule, Yonta (5), Kemp (6), Pagnatello (7), Rhoda (8) and Worley. Vargues, Orr (7), Corea (8) and Casten. WP- Vargues. LP- Yonta. 2B- Esposito (U), Heck (U), Houppert (PSU). 3B- Heck (U).