OSWEGO — Plattsburgh State’s J.D. Jenkins deserved a better fate.
Jenkins carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Friday’s SUNY Athletic Conference second game of a doubleheader at Oswego.
The Cardinals (6-11, 11-21), however, couldn’t get any runs to support their standout pitcher and dropped a tough 1-0 decision in nine innings, ending Plattsburgh’s chances of making the conference tournament.
Plattsburgh wasn’t able to carry over the momentum from the first game when the Cardinals, down by an 8-0 score after six innings, rallied for an incredible 12-11 victory in 10 innings with Jenkins getting the win in relief.
“We talked about having a change in attitude,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “The players went out and played hard baseball. It was a huge win in the first game.
“We’ve never had a no-hitter in school history and if we would have been able to score a run in the first seven innings, Jenkins would have had one. It could have been a great day for us because we got help in the conference standings.
“The second game was a great game. Our players played well, with a lot of energy, and have nothing to hang their heads about.”
The Cardinals and Lakers (19-9, 10-7) close out their three-game weekend set with a noon contest today.
OSWEGO 1, PLATTSBURGH 0
The second game was supposed to be a seven-inning contest and Jenkins did not allow a hit over the first seven.
But the Cardinals, despite getting a couple of opportunities, could not cross the plate against the Lakers’ Tim Cronin, who allowed six hits, walked three and struck out four in going the entire nine innings.
Jenkins, meanwhile, surrendered three hits, issued five walks and struck out five in taking the disappointing setback.
The Lakers loaded the bases on a hit batsman and two walks in the seventh before Jenkins got the final out. Tom Curry then singled in the eighth for Oswego’s first hit of the contest, but Jenkins got out of that inning with a double play.