ITHACA — In its first SUNYAC games of 2014, the Plattsburgh State softball team dropped a pair of 9-1 decisions to SUNY Cortland at Niemand Robinson Field on the campus of Cornell University on Monday afternoon.
The Cardinals slide to 2-12 and 0-2 in league games while the Red Dragons rise to 9-7 and 2-0 in the SUNYAC.
Offense was tough to come by for the Cardinals, who collected just three hits against the Red Dragons’ Alexandrea Flint (3-3).
Junior Brittany Marshall knocked in the lone Plattsburgh State run of the tilt and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Her RBI single in the top of the fourth plated Kristine Gay who also finished 1-for-2.
The three through seven hitters of SUNY Cortland wrought all the damage against Plattsburgh State starter Sam Moss (2-6). Combined, the five players finished 7-for-10 with all nine RBI for the Red Dragons.
SUNY Cortland used the long ball to get on the board in the home half of the first inning as consecutive homers by Alicia Hibbard and Meaghan Kohler made matters 3-0 early on.
Courtney Kadish launched another Moss offering out of the park to lead off the bottom of the second, giving the Red Dragons a 4-0 lead.
Marshall’s hit trimmed the lead to 4-1, but the Cardinals stranded runners at second and third in the fourth. Four more runs in the home half of the fourth followed and the Red Dragons closed things out with another solo shot by Kohler to create the eight-run margin.
Moss fired 4.1 innings, struck out one and walked one in the setback. The sophomore gave up nine earned runs, too.
A sloppy defensive effort by the Cardinals led to six unearned SUNY Cortland runs in the second game of the conference doubleheader.
Plattsburgh State committed five errors during the lopsided tilt as the Red Dragons struck early and often. Kristen Fisher gave up a leadoff hit and followed that up with a base on balls before registering her first two outs of the day.