FREDONIA — The Plattsburgh State softball team got its bats going in time for a big rally Friday and then was edged by Fredonia in the second game of a SUNY Athletic Conference doubleheader.
The Cardinals came from six runs back to defeat the Blue Devils 10-9 and then fell 2-1 in an eight-inning game.
After just missing out on a sweep, Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy was pleased with her team’s performance.
“We obviously battled back in the first game and probably had our best day hitting-wise as a team,” Conroy said. “We’re a young team, but we’re on the right track. I’m happy with the way we played and the amount of intensity we showed.”
The Cardinals (3-13, 1-3 SUNYAC) will play two at Buffalo State today.
In Friday’s second game, Cherise Gunnell put Fredonia (4-9, 1-3) ahead in the fourth with a solo home run, and Kerry McCarty drove in the tying run in the sixth.
The Cardinals came up empty in the extra inning. In the home half, the Blue Devils put a runner on and bunted her over, and then Kim Lotoki sent a ball to the outfield. Conroy said Plattsburgh’s centerfielder dove and just missed, allowing the winning run to score.
Kelsey Gannett threw all eight innings for the Blue Devils, fanning four and walking one while giving up five hits.
Morgan Anderson gave up six hits and struck out three in the loss. Nicole Chiarello led Plattsburgh at the plate with two hits, and Brittany Marshall smacked a triple.
Fredonia led the first game 8-2 after the fourth inning. Plattsburgh plated one run in the fifth and began its comeback in earnest in the sixth, when Brianna Clarke hit a 2-run homer and Sam Tenney rapped an RBI double.
Clarke singled in two more runs in the seventh to tie the score, and McCarty doubled in a pair for a 10-8 edge.
“We challenged them, and they answered,” Conroy said of the Cardinals. “They were up to the challenge. They started hitting the way they should be hitting.”
Plattsburgh totaled 13 hits in the game.
Kristin Fisher relieved Sam Moss in the fourth inning and picked up her first career win after scattering seven hits, striking out three and walking two. She allowed just one run.
“She held us in there,” Conroy said. “She came in in a tough situation and maybe had a tough start, but she finished it for us. This should give her good confidence.”
Chiarello went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored, and Sam Capobianco also had two hits and an RBI.
Gunnell took the loss for Fredonia after pitching the last two innings. Alyssa Morgan had four hits, giving her six on the day.
Plattsburgh 10, Fredonia 9
Plattsburgh 100 113 4 — 10 13 0
Fredonia 400 400 1 — 9 18 3
Moss, Fisher (4) and Tenney. Gannett, Gunnell (6) and Lauck. WP- Fisher. LP- Gunnell. 2B- Marshall (PSU), McCarty (PSU), Tenney (PSU), Morgan (Fred), Gunnell (Fred), Lauck (Fred), Mushtare (Fred), Forness (Fred). HR- Clarke (PSU).
Fredonia 2, Plattsburgh 1 (8)
Plattsburgh 000 001 00 — 1 5 3
Fredonia 000 100 01 — 2 6 2
Anderson and Tenney. Gannett and Stavish. WP- Gannett. LP- Anderson. 2B- McCarty (PSU, Lotocki (Fred), Morgan (Fred). 3B- Marshall (PSU). HR- Gunnell (Fred).