April 21, 2013

PSU playoff hopes come to end with two losses

NEW PALTZ — The Plattsburgh State baseball team managed only two runs in 16 innings Saturday and had its SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament hopes come to an end.

New Paltz (15-14, 11-6) recorded 7-0 and 3-2 victories over the Cardinals (9-20, 4-11) to complete a three-game weekend sweep.

“Today was a microcosm of our season,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We knocked out the best pitcher in the league (Friday) and never took advantage of anything (Saturday).”

Andrew Grann went the full seven innings to blank Plattsburgh in the opener. Grann allowed three hits, walked three and struck out three. Brian Burns started for Plattsburgh and took the loss.

Matt Carr and David Lostaglio rapped out two hits apiece for the Hawks, who had every starter except for one get at least a hit.

New Paltz broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the third.

Shane Houppert, Brian Latulipe and Mat Chavez accounted for the lone Plattsburgh hits.

“In the first inning, they dropped a fly ball and maybe we jump on it and get out to an early lead,” Doorey said. “But we didn’t. Then, after they scored, we had an opportunity to come back and drive a runner in. But once again we didn’t.

“Brian hadn’t pitched like this all season. But there’s a lot of pressure on him to be perfect.”

The second game was much more competitive as Corey Grossman gave the Cardinals a good pitching performance, despite taking the loss. Grossman allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out two in going the distance.

But New Paltz starter and winner Chris Pyz held the Cardinals to eight hits and two runs while walking three and striking out three over seven innings. Mike Pastorino took over in the eighth and Brian Solomon in the ninth for the save.

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