TROY — The Plattsburgh State and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute softball teams played a low-scoring nonconference doubleheader on Wednesday and the result was a split decision.
The Engineers (13-9) rallied for a 4-2 victory in the first game and the Cardinals (6-16) held on for a 2-1 decision in the nightcap.
RPI 4, PLATTSBURGH 2
Brianna Clarke’s run-scoring single in the first inning gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead and Nicole Chiarello singled in a run in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Plattsburgh pitcher Morgan Anderson held RPI off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when the Engineers scored three times. Jena Servidone doubled in two runs and Taylor Ten Eyck singled in another to give the Engineers the lead for good.
Tori Hunt’s RBI single in the seventh gave RPI an insurance run.
Stephanie Caudle allowed seven hits, walked five and struck out four in going the distance for the pitching win. Anderson also went the route in taking the loss as she surrendered 11 hits, did not walk anyone and struck out one.
Shelby Heyward and Samantha Capobianco accounted for two hits each for Plattsburgh.
PLATTSBURGH 2, RPI 1
Kristen Fisher picked up the pitching win and Anderson got the save.
Fisher pitched into the sixth inning, allowing eight hits, no walks and getting no strikeouts. Anderson went the final two, surrendering one hit, no walks and striking out one.
The Cardinals took the lead in the first inning when Clarke singled in a run. Plattsburgh added another run in the fourth when Capobianco was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
RPI got one of the runs back in the fifth when Servidone was hit by a pitch with the bases full.
Five Plattsburgh players had one hit each in the contest. Former Lake Placid standout Danielle Balestrini had two of the hits for the Engineers.
RPI 4, Plattsburgh 2
RPI 000 003 1 — 4 11 1
P’burgh 110 000 0 — 2 7 0
Caudle and T. Ten Eyck. Anderson and VanBrocklin. WP- Caudle. LP- Anderson. 2B- Servidone (RPI), Rabideau (PSU).
Plattsburgh 2, RPI 1
RPI 000 010 0 — 1 9 1
P’burgh 100 100 x — 2 5 1
Hepworth, Servidone (6) and T. Ten Eyck. Fisher, Anderson (6) and Tenney. WP- Fisher. LP- Hepworth. 2B- M. Ten Eyck (RPI). 3B- Gay (PSU).