April 22, 2013

Cards squeak past Bears

POTSDAM — Entering Sunday’s doubleheader, the Potsdam State softball team had just one win in SUNY Athletic Conference play this season.

That, however, didn’t stop the Bears (7-17, 1-13) from pushing Plattsburgh State to the limit.

The Cardinals (19-11, 9-5) posted a 6-4 win in the first game and then needed 10 innings for a 6-5 victory in the nightcap.

“It was a crazy day, for sure,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Zweig said. “We did what we needed to do to win. We went in and took care of business.”

One of the heroes on the day for Plattsburgh was pitcher Ashley Marshall, who ended up getting the win in both games with a combined 28 strikeouts.

Marshall, in the first game, allowed five hits, three earned runs, walked one and struck out 14.

Then, in the second contest, she took over for starter Samantha Moss in the first inning and went the rest of the way, totaling 9.2 innings while allowing six hits, two earned runs, two walks and 14 strikeouts.

The win in the second game wouldn’t have been possible without Brianna Clarke’s two-run homer in the top of the seventh that forced extra innings.

“(Marshall) did a phenomenal job,” Zweig said. “(Clarke) two-run home run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 4-all was huge, too. It was a team effort.”

Both teams pushed across a run in the ninth before the Cardinals took a 6-5 advantage in the 10th on Samantha Tenney’s sacrifice fly. Marshall then closed the door on the Bears in the home half.

Potsdam held a 3-0 lead after one inning and a 4-0 advantage after two, and still had a 4-2 edge entering the seventh.

Michelle Iannone led Plattsburgh with four hits, while Clarke added three. The Cardinals had 12 hits in all.

Heather Johnson, Amanda Perry and Brittany Thivierge rapped out two hits each for Potsdam. One of Perry’s hits was a home run. Megan Johnson pitched the entire 10 innings in taking the loss.

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