By COURTNEY LEWIS
---- — 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.
After Sam Moss hit the first batter in the third, Ashley Marshall entered in relief. But that didn’t deter the Red Dragons. They added to their lead in the inning, scoring on a wild pitch and then on a single by Cork.
Clarke singled in a run in the bottom half, and Plattsburgh scored another after a throwing error to end the inning at 8-3.
Cortland’s Courtney Kadish had an RBI single in the fourth to make it 9-3, and Hibbard cranked another homer in the sixth, adding two more runs for the Red Dragons. The game ended after that inning due to the eight-run rule.
Moss allowed five hits and seven runs.
“She did not have her best day, obviously, and I think we did what we could do at that point,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “And they just got some big hits that put up some big runs. We kept on fighting; we just weren’t able to produce at the times that we needed it.”
Ashley Marshall gave up six hits and four runs in four innings, and she threw three strikeouts.
Sarah Salamone earned the win, scattering five hits, fanning three and walking one. Cork went 2-for-4 with 5 RBI for Cortland, and Kadish also had two hits.
Plattsburgh has six SUNY Athletic Conference games left and is among five teams bunched near the top of the standings. New Paltz and Brockport are in front with 8-4 and 8-2 records, respectively. Cortland and Geneseo are now tied at 7-3. The top six teams make the SUNYAC Tournament.
“I think that we are kind of in the same spot that everyone else is. Kind of everyone’s battling everyone else, and that’s the way our conference always is,” Zweig said. “And you never know what’s going to happen on a given day, but I have confidence that we’ll be able to do what we need to do when it comes time.”
Plattsburgh 6, Cortland 1
Cortland      000 100 0 — 1 7 1
Plattsburgh      001 203 x — 6 9 0
Corrigan, Sampere (6) and Hibbard. A. Marshall and Tenney. WP- Marshall. LP- Corrigan. 2B- Cork (Cort), Gallo (Cort), Iannone (PSU), Capobianco (PSU).
Cortland 11, Plattsburgh 3 (6)
Cortland 062 102 — 11 11 2
Plattsburgh 102 000 — 3 5 2
Salamone and Barca. Moss, Marshall (3) and Tenney. WP- Salamone. LP- Moss. 2B- Gallo (Cort). HR- Cork (Cort), Hibbard (Cort) 2.