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March 16, 2014

PSU baseball breaks into the win column

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But a wild pitch allowed the go-ahead run to score and Nick Lupo’s single to left gave the Cardinals a 5-3 advantage.

“They brought in a new guy and he threw a wild pitch,” Doorey said. “Then Lupo was able to get a two-out, RBI hit.”

Vargues got the side in order in the eighth, but ran into trouble in the ninth when a double, hit by pitch and double steal brought UMass-Boston (2-1) back to within one.

A single put runners on first and third before Vargues got a short fly to right and a then a strikeout to strand the tying run 90 feet away.

“Mike ran into trouble in the ninth and we thought about taking him out,” Doorey said. “But Mike gave us this much in the game and we decided to see what he could do. He struck out the last batter looking.”

Vargues allowed three hits, no walks and struck out two in going the final five innings to get the win.

Osawa went 3-for-3, including a run scored on an RBI, to lead the Cardinals’ 11-hit attack. Lupo also had three hits, while Chris Pescetti and Chavez added two apiece.

“We gave Yuya his first start — we wanted to give him a chance,” Doorey said. “He had a big game with three hits and got on base all five times. He’s going to get another start (today).”

Plattsburgh stranded 12 runners.

“We stranded 11 in scoring position,” Doorey said. “We left only one runner on first. The others were at second and third.

“We changed things up in practice this week and did a great job getting guys on base (Saturday). Still, we struggled to get the big two-out hit.”

Plattsburgh trailed, 2-0, in the fourth when Osawa and Chavez delivered two-out, run-scoring singles to tie it. The Cardinals added another run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Jeremy Rodriquez to take a 3-2 advantage.

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