March 20, 2013

Cards struggle at plate in split

AUBURNDALE, Fla. — The Plattsburgh State baseball team couldn’t get it going enough offensively Tuesday afternoon and split a doubleheader with Hamilton College at the RussMatt Invitational.

The Cardinals (2-6) pulled out a 3-2 victory in the opener before falling 5-2 in the nightcap.

“Some guys are not making the adjustments at the plate,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “They’re doing the same things over and over, and at some point you have to adjust.

“We have some younger players who are facing better pitching, but some of our veteran players are also struggling at the plate. We don’t have many players who are hitting well right now.

“We want to keep the game close, like we did today, and we’re supposed to win games like these.”

In the first game, the Cardinals scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the 1-0 lead held up until the seventh inning behind the pitching of Marc Plante.

An infield error to open the seventh, however, gave the Continentals life, and Nick Taylor followed with a run-scoring double to tie it. That was it for Plante, and Steven Corea took over.

Corea got the next two batters, but Sam Fuentes singled in Taylor to give Hamilton a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Mike Mulvihill walked and Jimmy Rosario pinch-ran for him. John Casten then reached on an infield error while sacrificing, and Chris Pescetti bunted the runners to second and third.

Mike Vargues suicide-squeezed home the tying run, and Nicholas Lupo’s two-out, run-scoring single drove in the game-winner.

Plante, in pitching into the seventh, allowed four hits, walked three and struck out two. Corea ended up getting the win.

“Plante gave us a great pitching performance, especially after how he pitched in his first start this season,” Doorey said.” It’s too bad he didn’t get the win.”

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