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.

“We got down early when they hit a grand slam to take a 4-0 lead,” Zweig said.

Ashley Marshall took over with two out in the second and went the rest of the way, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out six.

“We brought Ashley in to pitch in the second inning and she was able to shut them down the rest of the way,” Zweig said.

The Cardinals finished with 12 hits, but couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole.

Tenney led the way offensively with three hits and a RBI, while Kristin Nabor had a single and triple, Brittany Marshall two singles and a RBI, and Capobianco two singles and a RBI.

“We had 12 hits, but left 11 runners on base,” Zweig said. “We hit a lot of balls right at people and weren’t able to score.

“Still, we had nearly 20 hits in the two games and struck out 20. It was a good start to the season for us.”

Keene (4-6) had dropped a 14-10 decision to Oswego earlier in the day.

Plattsburgh will play two more games today — at 9 a.m. against Babson College and at 11 a.m. versus Amherst College.

No box score of the second game was available.

 Plattsburgh 4, Ramapo 1

Ramapo 000 000 1 — 1 8 0

Plattsburgh 030 100 x — 4 7 0

Schneider, Masiello (6) and Orlando. B. Marshall, Anderson (6) and Tenney. WP- B. Marshall. LP- Schneider. 2B- Smith (R), Iannone (PSU), McCarty (PSU).