April 5, 2013

Cardinals split with RPI in softball

TROY — The Plattsburgh State softball team let a sweep get away in its nonconference doubleheader Thursday.

The Cardinals edged RPI 4-3 in nine innings in the first game, and then the Engineers came from behind for a 4-2 victory.

Plattsburgh (10-8) was down 1-0 after the fourth inning of the opening game, but Samantha Capobianco got a single to drive in Melanie Hayes and Kristine Gay and put the Cardinals ahead.

Plattsburgh’s Brianna Clarke added a solo home run in the seventh, but RPI wouldn’t go away. The Engineers (11-5) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Aimee Konet hit a game-tying double.

The game than went to extra innings, and Plattsburgh got the run it needed in the top of the ninth when Gay, a freshman, grounded out to third, scoring Kerry McCarthy.

“It was a good change for us, because last week we were the team to lose in extra innings, and we were able to produce the run when we needed it (Thursday),” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said.

Ashley Marshall was able to hold onto the lead and take care of the ninth inning. She had 11 strikeouts and just three walks while pitching the complete game. Kristina Weltzin took the loss for RPI, striking out six batters.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap on a two-run double by Samantha Tenney, and the score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth.

Then, with one out, RPI’s Jena Servidone reached on an error by Brittany Marshall. Caitlyn McGivern and Taylor Ten Eyck followed with back-to-back singles to bring in the Engineers’ first run of the game. Jocilyn Rudisill followed with a single to center field, allowing two more runs to score before an RBI single by Konet scored RPI’s fourth run of the inning.

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