FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State baseball team is ready to come home.
A late-inning rally fell short Sunday as the Cardinals (7-10) concluded their stay in the Gene Cusic Classic with a 13-12 loss to Knox College.
“You could definitely tell it was our 13th game on the trip,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We have a lot of tired pitchers and players.
“We played one-third of our season down here in just over a week and the players are spent. They battled today and I can’t be mad at them.”
Yuya Osawa got his first start for the Cardinals and the Prairie Fire (5-4) held a 1-0 lead through four innings.
But Osawa’s day ended in the fifth when Knox, which dropped a 4-1 decision to the Cardinals the day before, scored six runs.
“We gave Yuya a start today to see what he could do,” Doorey said.
Plattsburgh then rallied for five runs in the top of the sixth to cut its deficit to 7-5, only to allow six more runs in the home half of the inning.
Trailing by a 13-5 score, the Cardinals got two in the seventh and five more in the eighth to get to within one. Plattsburgh then stranded two runners in the ninth.
“Offensively, we didn’t do anything for the first five innings,” Doorey said. “Then, from the sixth inning on, we were able to do some good things.
“In the eighth, we rallied to within a run and stranded the tying run at third. Then, in the ninth, we got a runner on with one out, but he was picked off at a bad time. Billy Rombauts then singled and Osawa was hit by a pitch. Nick Lupo then hit a high infield bouncer and it was a bang-bang play when he was called out.”