April 5, 2013

Cardinals split with RPI in softball


---- — TROY — The Plattsburgh State softball team let a sweep get away in its nonconference doubleheader Thursday.

The Cardinals edged RPI 4-3 in nine innings in the first game, and then the Engineers came from behind for a 4-2 victory.

Plattsburgh (10-8) was down 1-0 after the fourth inning of the opening game, but Samantha Capobianco got a single to drive in Melanie Hayes and Kristine Gay and put the Cardinals ahead.

Plattsburgh’s Brianna Clarke added a solo home run in the seventh, but RPI wouldn’t go away. The Engineers (11-5) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Aimee Konet hit a game-tying double.

The game than went to extra innings, and Plattsburgh got the run it needed in the top of the ninth when Gay, a freshman, grounded out to third, scoring Kerry McCarthy.

“It was a good change for us, because last week we were the team to lose in extra innings, and we were able to produce the run when we needed it (Thursday),” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said.

Ashley Marshall was able to hold onto the lead and take care of the ninth inning. She had 11 strikeouts and just three walks while pitching the complete game. Kristina Weltzin took the loss for RPI, striking out six batters.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap on a two-run double by Samantha Tenney, and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth.

Then, with one out, RPI’s Jena Servidone reached on an error by Brittany Marshall. Caitlyn McGivern and Taylor Ten Eyck followed with back-to-back singles to bring in the Engineers’ first run of the game. Jocilyn Rudisill followed with a single to center field, allowing two more runs to score before an RBI single by Konet scored RPI’s fourth run of the inning.

Victoria Hepworth pitched 6 1/3 innings for RPI, striking out one batter and giving up seven hits to earn the win. Weltzin, who had pitched the whole first game, earned the save.

Sam Moss gave up seven hits but did not allow an earned run as she suffered the loss.

“We scored early and held on most of the game, but RPI was able to have a big inning at the end of the game,” Zweig said. “They’re a tough team. They’re tough competition regionally, and we knew they were going to be bringing it to the table.

“I wish we would’ve come away with both wins, but I’m happy with the way we played.”

The Cardinals return to SUNY Athletic Conference play today with a doubleheader at Oneonta, and then they’ll visit New Paltz on Saturday.

The Red Dragons (3-11, 1-3 SUNYAC) are coming off two losses at King’s College on Tuesday.

Plattsburgh is 2-2 in the SUNYAC after sweeping Geneseo and getting swept by Brockport last weekend. Zweig said the Cardinals will be focused on their own game this weekend.

“I think it’s really just playing our game and not playing down to our opponent’s level,” she said. “I think it’s important to just remember how important each game is.”

New Palz (11-6, 4-0) has gotten off to a good start to the season and is the early leader in the conference standings. The Hawks dropped two games to Manhattanville on Thursday, stopping a seven-game winning streak.

“We always have tough games against them, and I think they have new players that are going to change the game a little from what we’re used to seeing. But so do we,” Zweig said. “I’m excited to see what they have, and hopefully we can bring our best.”

Plattsburgh State 4, RPI 3 (9)

Plattsburgh 000 002 101 — 4 9 1

Rensselaer 000 100 200 — 3 10 0

Marshall and Tenney. Weltzin and Ten Eyck. WP- Marshall. LP- Weltzin. 2B- Marshall (PSU), Milano (PSU), McCarthy (PSU), Konet (RPI), McCarthy (RPI). HR- Clarke (PSU).

Plattsburgh State 2, Rpi 4

Plattsburgh 020 000 0 — 2 7 2

Rensselaer 000 004 x — 4 7 0

Moss and Tenney. Hepworth, Weltzin (6) and Ten Eyck. WP- Hepworth. LP- Moss. Sv- Weltzin. 2B- Tenney (PSU) 2.