May 4, 2013

Cards split second day of SUNYAC Tournament


---- — BROCKPORT — The Plattsburgh State softball team lost a marathon game to Cortland Friday but cruised past Oswego to stay alive in the SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament.

The Cardinals blanked the Lakers 8-0 after falling 2-1 to the Red Dragons. That game was tied up in the sixth inning but wasn’t decided until the bottom of the 13th.

“It was torture,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “But it was a really good game — two teams that just wanted to win. We knew something was going to happen eventually. And it didn’t work out in our favor, but then we took care of business against Oswego.”

No. 3 seed Plattsburgh will face No. 2 seed Cortland again this morning. If the Cardinals (24-15) win, they’ll advance to the championship game on Sunday. No. 4 seed Geneseo, which beat Oswego and Brockport Friday, is the other surviving team in the double-elimination tournament.

Friday morning, Cortland’s Erin Wolstenholme put the first run on the board in the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field. Plattsburgh tied it in the sixth when Samantha Capobianca singled in Brianna Clarke.

The score stayed knotted at 1-1 until Diane Cork smacked a double to left center in the bottom of the 13th, bringing Jamie Bucci home.

“We played a really good game,” Zweig said. “I think we hit the ball hard; we just weren’t able to score RBIs when we needed them. But it was the same way for Cortland. Ashley (Marshall) dominated them, and they just got a couple good hits in a couple situations and we didn’t.”

Amber Corrigan earned the win for Cortland (19-12), striking out eight, walking six and allowing five hits in 13 innings.

Marshall gave up five hits and had 13 strikeouts and three walks.

The Cardinals didn’t waste any time taking a lead against Oswego. Clarke doubled in leadoff batter Kristine Gay in the first, and then Michelle Iannone drove in Clarke and later scored on a fielder’s choice for a 3-0 cushion.

“We knew we would need like a confidence boost because no matter what, you still have in the back of your mind that you’ve already had a long day,” Zweig said. “But once we got into the game, that was in the past. We knew we needed a win.”

The Cardinals doubled their lead in the fourth inning when Brittany Marshall and Clarke hit back-to-back doubles.

Sam Tenney singled in two more runs in the fifth to end the game due to the eight-run rule.

Ashley Marshall was back in the pitching circle for Plattsburgh, giving up just two hits in five innings. She fanned five batters.

Alexis Nasca pitched 31/3 innings for the sixth-seeded Lakers (17-20) and gave up eight hits and five earned runs.

Clarke was 2-for-3 with three RBI in the game.

Cortland 2, Plattsburgh State 1 (13)

Plattsburgh 000 001 000 000 0 — 1 7 1

Cortland 000 010 000 000 1 — 2 5 1

A. Marshall and Tenney. Corrigan and Barca. WP- Corrigan. LP- Marshall. 2B- Iannone (PSU), Cork (Cort).

Plattsburgh State 8, Oswego 0 (5)

Oswego 000 00 — 0 2 1

Plattsburgh 300 32 — 8 10 1

Nasca, Thayer (4) and Abramowski. A. Marshall and Tenney. WP- Marshall. LP- Nasca. 2B- Clarke (PSU) 2, B. Marshall (PSU).