By COURTNEY LEWIS
---- — PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State softball team already had to wait a month into the season to play its home opener. And then it was postponed — twice.
But the Cardinals are set to finally play at Cardinal Park today when they host Oswego. Today’s SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader was originally scheduled for Friday but was changed because of the weather. Then Saturday’s matchup with Cortland had to be moved to Monday because of poor field conditions.
Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said the field was improving and should be all set for today.
Oswego (6-10, 3-3 SUNYAC) is coming off a sweep of Fredonia last Saturday. The Lakers’ other conference win came against Cortland March 29.
“They’re a tough team,” Zweig said. “I think that they are definitely always willing to fight for the wins they get. They definitely have a good pitcher who’s going to challenge us and good hitters who will challenge our pitchers.”
Alexis Nasca, a freshman, has been the Lakers’ top pitcher, recording four of their wins. She has an ERA of 4.54. Freshman Tori Trovato leads Oswego at the plate with a .444 average, 24 hits and 13 RBI.
Cortland, like Plattsburgh, has been in an unfamiliar position this season — looking up at several other teams in the conference standings. The Red Dragons are currently in fourth place with a 4-2 record (14-9 overall). They went 6-8 to start the season and then split SUNYAC doubleheaders with Oswego and Fredonia. Last Saturday, the Red Dragons picked up two wins over Buffalo State, and then they split two nonconference games against Ithaca on Tuesday.
In its last conference matchup, Plattsburgh (14-10, 4-4) dropped a pair of contests at New Paltz. The Cardinals may have regained some momentum by sweeping Union 2-0 and 8-4 Tuesday.
“I think (the Cardinals) were just really relaxed. After last weekend we had spoken about being relaxed, having fun and just playing the game we love,” Zweig said. “I think they’re ready to continue doing that and to defend their home field.”
Megan Price is leading the Cardinals with a .373 batting average. She has 25 hits and 14 RBI. Brianna Clarke has team highs of 28 hits and 15 RBI, and she’s hitting .354. Brittany Marshall has totaled 26 hits and 10 RBI.
“I think just remaining as consistent as possible is the thing we’re working on the most,” Zweig said. “Not letting the little things get to us.”