PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State baseball team’s day started out with Cortland’s Zack Graczyk sending Corey Grossman’s first pitch of the game off the left-field foul pole for a home run. It didn’t get much better for the Cardinals after that. The No. 2 Red Dragons went on to score eight runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 15-6 victory to complete a three-game weekend sweep in SUNY Athletic Conference play Sunday at Chip Cummings Field. “We’re struggling offensively, and they came out and put up an eight spot in the first inning,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “He (Graczyk) was sitting on a first-pitch fastball, and he hit it out. But then we got two outs and they still were able to score eight runs. They swing the bats very well, and they are a very good team. Corey didn’t have a great outing today.” Graczyk, John Adornetto, Donny Castaldo and Ralph Keppler all rapped out two hits each for Cortland, with Graczyk and Keppler driving in three runs apiece. Cortland had 14 hits in all. The Red Dragons used 23 players in all after going up 13-0 in the fourth inning. Winning pitcher Brandon Serio held the Cardinals (3-12, 1-5) to just one hit — a double by Nicholas Lupo — in going the first five innings. Serio did not walk anyone and struck out nine. Cortland pitchers struck out 16 in all. The Cardinals did score six runs on only one hit — a two-run single by Mike Mulvihill — in the bottom of the eighth. Plattsburgh went scoreless against conference teams for 35 innings in a row before that. “Although we got only the one hit in the inning, hopefully scoring the six runs will lighten the load for us,” Doorey said. “But that’s the type of baseball we need to play — taking advantage of walks and wild pitches.” However, the hits by Lupo and Mulvihill were the lone hits in the game for Plattsburgh. The Plattsburgh pitching, which has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing start to the season, was not good Sunday. “We walked 10 batters, and we can’t do that,” Doorey said. Doorey also used 23 players in the contest. “Our program is based on players playing hard,” he said. “I didn’t think all our players were playing hard today.” The Cardinals return to the diamond Wednesday at home with a 2 p.m. non-conference doubleheader with Lyndon State. “We’ve played the toughest part of our schedule,” Doorey said. “We’ll keep plugging away.” — Cortland 15, Plattsburgh 6 Cortland 820 300 101 — 15 14 2 Plattsburgh 000 000 060 — 6 2 2 Serio, Scott (6), Jweid (8), Petre (8) and Keppler, Panetta, Corey. Morotta. Grossman, Ponce (1), Corea (4), Crawford (7), Orr (8), Sugimoto (9) and Brighton, Casten, Weightman. WP- Serio. LP- Grossman, 2B- Jackson (C), Adornetto (C), Castaldo (C), Lupo (PSU). HR- Graczyk (C).
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