PLATTSBURGH — Oneonta drilled 26 hits and scored 19 runs Saturday, making quick work of a SUNY Athletic Conference softball doubleheader against Plattsburgh State at South Acres Field.
Traci Lichtenstein had three hits and seven RBI as the Red Dragons opened with a 10-0 five-inning victory, and then Jenn Brocco and Nicole Marzillo each rapped three hits to power a 9-1 win in another game shortened by the run rule.
“It wasn’t like we were making error after error; they were hitting it to the gaps,” Plattsburgh coach Stephanie Conroy said. “They’re a good hitting team, and you just have to tip your cap sometimes.”
The Cardinals (6-20, 3-9 SUNYAC) finished 0-4 on the weekend. Saturday, they held off Oneonta in the early innings of both games, but once the Red Dragons jumped ahead, things snowballed. Conroy made pitching changes and went out to talk to her team, but Plattsburgh still couldn’t slow Oneonta’s momentum.
“I think we just need to stay tough and keep good body language,” Conroy said. “I think letting teams know that we’re not going to give up is going to be a key for us, not just next weekend but for the future.”
The Red Dragons (20-9, 10-3) were coming off of two routs against Potsdam, and Lichtenstein said that gave them extra confidence. Jamie Whittam stole home in the third inning to get them going in the first game Saturday, and then Marzillo sent a two-run shot over the center-field fence.
Lichtenstein belted a three-run dinger in the fourth inning and added a grand slam in the fifth. The sophomore said it was the first time she had hit multiple home runs in a game.
Plattsburgh committed three errors and was limited to two hits.
Sabrina DeAngelis earned the win after fanning two and walking one. Plattsburgh starter Morgan Anderson gave up nine hits and five runs, and Kristin Fisher threw two innings of relief.
The second game derailed for the Cardinals in the fourth inning, when the Red Dragons had 14 at-bats and plated nine runs. While they took control with some home runs in the early game, this time the Red Dragons strung together a bunch of hits — four singles and five doubles in all.
“That’s usually how we work. We feed off of each other,” Lichtenstein said. “We like to scrap little hits here and there and put them all together.”
Nicole Chiarello got Plattsburgh’s first hit of the game, a double, in the bottom of the fourth, and Shelby Heyward drove her home.
DeAngelis pitched three innings to earn her second win of the day.
Sam Moss went 3 1/3 for the Cardinals, allowing seven hits and five runs while walking two and striking out one. Anderson relieved her. Plattsburgh gave up a total of 14 earned runs Saturday.
“Our pitchers are still young, and they’re going to have to go through some hard times before they get better,” Conroy said.
The Cardinals have one week left in the regular season, including six SUNYAC home games next weekend.
Oneonta 10, Plattsburgh 0 (5)
Oneonta 003 34 — 10 13 0
Plattsburgh 000 00 — 0 2 3
DeAngelis and Rivera. Anderson, Fisher (4) and VanBrocklin. WP- DeAngelis. LP- Anderson. HR- Lichtenstein (O) 2, Marzillo (O).
Oneonta 9, Plattsburgh 1
Oneonta 000 90 — 9 13 0
Plattsburgh 000 10 — 1 2 1
DeAngelis, O’Flynn (4), Hitt (5) and Rivera. Moss, Anderson (4) and VanBrocklin. WP- DeAngelis. LP- Moss. 2B- Brocco (O) 2, Marzillo (O), Cuevas (O), Graham (O), Paolino (O), Chiarello (PSU).
Email Courtney Lewis:email@example.comTwitter: @sportsCourt