By JOHN CORYER
---- — PLATTSBURGH — There has been some disappointing moments for the Plattsburgh State baseball team at Chip Cummings Field this season.
Sunday, however, was a good day for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh swept an 11-10 and 5-4 doubleheader from Castleton State in non-conference play.
“There were a lot of positives today and less pressure on the players,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “It was a good day for us. We told the players that this was the start of our 2014 season.
“I talked with (Castleton) coach (Ted) Shipley before the game and we were in agreement to play our starters in the first game and then players, except for a couple, who don’t get a chance to play very often in the second game.
“There were opportunities for both of us to change our minds because of the different situations that came about in the second game. But we stuck to what we had agreed on.”
In the first contest, Kevin Briggs’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a 10-all tie and gave the Cardinals the victory.
The Spartans scored three runs in the top of the first and the Cardinals came back with five in the bottom of the inning. Plattsburgh held a 7-3 lead at one time and then needed three runs in the fifth to take a 10-8 advantage.
Castleton scored a run in the seventh and then one more in the eighth to pull into a 10-all tie.
Mike Mulvihill, who had a big day at the plate, Mat Chavez and Briggs led a 17-hit Plattsburgh offensive attack with three hits each. Matt Meunier and Shane Houppert chipped in with two each. Chris Pescetti, Nicholas Lupo and Jimmy Rosario each drove in two runs.
Allen White, Cameron Curler and Mat Pause paced the Spartans with three hits apiece, and Joe Borowski added two.
Shunsuke Sugimoto allowed one run over the final two innings and was the winning pitcher. Nate Swahn surrendered just one run in relief for the Spartans, but was tagged with the loss.
In the second game, Castleton (25-11) jumped in front with a run in the first and three more in the second for a 4-0 lead.
The Spartans still led, 4-1, when the Cardinals (13-23) tallied two in the fifth to pull to within one and two more in the sixth to take the lead, with Rosario’s run-scoring single the game-winning hit.
Rosario led the Cardinals with three hits, while Mulvihill boomed a long solo home run over the left-center field fence and added a two-run double in the fifth. Chavez also had a RBI single.
“It was good for our players to get some playing time today,” Doorey said. “Rosario had a great day both offensively and defensively, and Mulvihill had a great day at the plate.”
Five other Plattsburgh players added a hit each in the second contest as the Cardinals had 10 hits in all.
Macyn Clifford was the lone Spartan to get two hits.
Colin Crawford gave Plattsburgh three scoreless innings in relief and Rafael Ponce went the final two scoreless innings to get the pitching victory. Ethan Macura took the loss in relief.
“It was a good day to play baseball and we were able to get two wins,” Doorey said.
The Cardinals close out their 2013 season when they host SUNY Canton on Tuesday at Lefty Wilson Field under the lights.
Plattsburgh 11, Castleton 10
Castleton 300 410 110 — 10 15 4
Plattsburgh 511 030 001 — 11 17 1
Ravey, Swahn (6) and Pause. Orr, Levinson (5), Sugimoto (8) and Briggs. WP- Sugimoto. LP- Swahn. 2B- Zielinski (C), Meunier (PSU), Mulvihill (PSU), Houppert (PSU).
Plattsburgh 5, Castleton 4
Castleton 130 000 0 — 4 6 3
Plattsburgh 001 022 x — 5 10 3
Smith, Macura (6) and McCormick. Leddy, Crawford (3), Ponce (6) and Weightman. WP- Ponce. LP- Macura. 2B- Mulvihill (PSU). HR- Mulvihill (PSU).