PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State opened Monday’s softball doubleheader with a win, but Cortland came out hitting hard in the second game and salvaged the split.
Sam Capobianco drove in the go-ahead runs as the Cardinals won the first game 6-1, and Diane Cork hit a grand slam to break open the second contest on the way to an 11-3 Red Dragons win.
In the early game, the Cardinals (17-11, 7-5) scored on an error in the third to get on the board first. The Red Dragons tied it up in the top of the fourth, but Plattsburgh pulled ahead to stay in the bottom half of the inning, when Capobianco doubled to center field to drive in two runs.
The Cardinals made it 4-1 when Brittany Marshall drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth, and then Kristine Gay and Brianna Clarke followed with back-to-back singles, bringing in two more runs.
Gay went 3-for-3 with two RBI, and Megan Price had two hits.
“We scored in multiple innings, so that was good. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for the whole season, and we finally did it today,” Ashley Marshall said. “We scored in three different innings, so that was a really, really good thing for us. We played awesome defense and held them to one run, so that was great.”
Marshall pitched all seven innings for Plattsburgh, striking out 10 and walking two. She gave up seven hits.
Amber Corrigan suffered the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in five innings.
Michelle Iannone brought home Britany Marshall to put Plattsburgh ahead in the first inning of the second game.
But Cortland (14-12, 7-3) loaded the bases in the second, and Cork sailed the ball over the left-field fence for a 4-1 lead. Then Lucia Meola walked, and Alicia Hibbard hit a two-run homer.