Catcher Samantha Tenney is leading Plattsburgh with a .440 batting average and 11 hits. Shortstop Brittany Marshall has driven in a team-high seven runs while batting .286, and first baseman Brianna Clarke is hitting .303.
Ashley Marshall saw most of the action in the pitching circle during the Cardinals’ spring break trip, compiling a 6-2 record and a 1.07 ERA.
Plattsburgh, which is ranked 25th in the NFCA Division III Top 25 Poll, was picked first in the SUNYAC Preseason Poll earlier this month. The Cardinals received eight first-place votes and finished six points ahead of second-place Cortland. Brockport was picked third.
Capobianco said the Cardinals know they’re looked at as the team to beat.
“I guess everyone’s going to portray it to be that way, but we just want to stay on top because that’s how we are,” Capobianco said. “So hopefully nobody takes it as some sort of pressure. Just we want to be the best because we definitely believe we are the best.”
Plattsburgh finished second in the regular season behind Cortland last year and then beat the Red Dragons to win the SUNYAC Tournament. While the conference race has frequently come down to the Cardinals and Red Dragons in recent years, Zweig’s not sure how things will shape up this season.
“You never know,” she said. “There’s a lot of different pitchers out on the mound, so I think there’s going to be a different look to each team that we face. But I still do believe that we’re a strong contender. I think we’re at the top of our game, and I just hope that shows when we take the field against these other teams.”
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