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April 26, 2014

Cardinals' SUNYAC softball losing streak hits six

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State put up a fight against The College at Brockport in Friday’s first game before coming up short in the seventh inning.

But the Cardinals had no answer for the Golden Eagles in the second contest.

Jordan Bush scored on a throwing error in the top of the seventh to provide the margin of difference in Brockport’s 4-3 SUNY Athletic Conference softball win at Cardinal Park, and the Golden Eagles followed that by blanking Plattsburgh 8-0.

Plattsburgh’s doubleheader against Geneseo today has been pushed back to 2 p.m. because of the weather forecast.

The Cardinals (7-23, 3-11 SUNYAC) chipped into a 3-0 deficit in Friday’s first game when Shelby Heyward singled in a run in the fourth. They missed a great opportunity to pull even closer later in the inning when Sam Tenney struck out with the bases loaded and two out.

Then in the fifth, Brianna Clarke tied it 3-3 with a two-run home run that cleared the center-field fence.

Plattsburgh left two runners on in the sixth and made a critical mistake in the top of the seventh: Brittany Marshall’s throw to first bounced away, giving Bush plenty of time to score from third.

Clarke got on base with a walk in the bottom of the inning, and Heyward sent a ball to deep left — but it landed cleanly in the left fielder’s glove. It was the third fly-out of the inning.

“I think that we played well, and we were right there,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “And I was proud of the way we hit the ball the last inning to make an effort. You know, three balls to the fence is making an effort to get that last run.”

The Golden Eagles managed 12 hits off of Morgan Anderson, who struck out four and didn’t walk any in seven innings. Brockport’s Jaime Berger gave up eight hits while fanning five and walking two.

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