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March 17, 2013

Cardinals split opening action in softball

CLERMONT, Fla. — Senior All-American pitcher Ashley Marshall picked up Saturday where she left off last season.

Marshall was brilliant as she went five solid innings to lead the Plattsburgh State women’s softball team to a season-opening 4-1 victory over Ramapo College at the National Training Center Spring Games.

Plattsburgh, however, fell behind early on in the second game of the day while dropping a 6-3 decision to Keene State.

“We faced some tough competition and it was a good day for us,” said Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig.

Marshall went five scoreless innings in the opener as she allowed four hits and struck out 13.

Morgan Anderson, making her first appearance for Plattsburgh, finished up. Anderson surrendered four hits, one run and struck out three in her two innings of work.

“Ashley pitched real well,” Zweig said. “Anderson, who is our freshman closer, got out of a tight bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning and struck out three while she was in there.”

The Cardinals broke out on top with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The big hit was a two-run single by Samantha Tenney. Kerry McCarty’s infield grounder then drove in the third run.

Brittany Marshall’s run-scoring single in the fourth inning completed the Plattsburgh scoring.

Seven Plattsburgh players — Brittany Marshall, Kristine Gay, Brianna Clarke, Michelle Iannone, Samantha Capobianco, Tenney and McCarty — had a hit each.

“It was a great first game for us,” Zweig said. “We got strong pitching, hit the ball well and did what we do on the base paths.”

The second game of the day didn’t start out well for the Cardinals.

Freshman Samantha Moss, making her first pitching start for Plattsburgh, struggled and couldn’t get out of the second inning while allowing six runs.

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