Last year, the Plattsburgh State softball team got on a roll in April, winning 10 of its last 11 in the regular season, and carried that over into a long postseason run.
The Cardinals had a similar hot streak late in the regular season this year, until that momentum stalled a little last weekend. But they’re still going into the playoffs with confidence.
“I think our main focus was the conference all along,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “We’re proud of what we’ve done, we’ve definitely done some growing, and we’re ready to be the team we think we can be (in the playoffs).”
The third-seeded Cardinals (22-14) take on No. 4 seed Geneseo at 1 p.m. today in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament at Brockport. In today’s other games, No. 1 Brockport will meet No. 6 Oswego, and No. 2 Cortland will play No. 5 New Paltz. The winner of the double-elimination tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Geneseo (20-18) lost four of its last six regular-season games. The Blue Knights beat Oswego in the first game of a doubleheader last weekend but fell in the second game and then were swept by Cortland the next day. They split a nonconference matchup with D’Youville on Tuesday.
The Knights went on an eight-game winning streak in the middle of the season, including a victory over eventual SUNYAC regular-season champion Brockport.
The Cardinals swept Geneseo 5-4 and 6-1 March 29.
Plattsburgh won 10-of-11 games down the stretch before dropping the second game of a doubleheader against Fredonia last Saturday and then losing nonconference games to Ithaca and Union on Sunday.
The Cardinals combined for nine errors in those three losses, but Zweig didn’t seem to be overly concerned about their defensive play going into the tournament.