SAUGERTIES — The Plattsburgh State softball team traveled to Cantine Park to take on New Paltz Friday afternoon.
Things didn’t end well for the Cardinals, as they dropped both games in the doubleheader by a combined score of 13-8.
The losses mark the third straight time Plattsburgh has dropped both games in twinbill, as the team has lost six of its last eight contests.
NEW PALTZ 8, PLATTSBURGH 4
In the first matchup, Brittany Marshall got things rolling for the Cardinals in the top of the first by launching a solo home run to center field.
New Paltz responded, however, as Shayna Burgess hit a long ball of her own to give the Hawks (12-7, 5-1) a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. New Paltz continued to add to its lead when Meg Brewer hit a grand slam in the second.
Lauren Graves got one back for Plattsburgh (6-16, 1-6) in the top of the fourth when she doubled to right center, allowing Nicole Chiarello to cross home plate and cut the lead to four runs.
The Hawks came right back, though, as Burgess hit her second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth for a lead.
The Cardinals managed to cut into the New Paltz lead once more when Dominique Zummo hit a two-run shot over the center-field fence, but Lauren Cappello capped the game off for the Hawks by adding an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI ground out to second base, making the score 8-4.
Plattsburgh pitcher Morgan Anderson got the start on the mound, going two innings and allowing two earned runs in the losing effort.
Katie Rutcofsky went the distance on the hill for the Hawks, allowing three earned runs while striking out five.
NEW PALTZ 5, PLATTSBURGH 4
The Cardinals found themselves with a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
New Paltz tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the second off a double from Kiersten Carlomangno that sailed to center field.
Plattsburgh recaptured the lead in the top of the fourth on a double from Lauren Graves that drove in Hope VanBrocklin.
However, the Hawks made it a 2-2 game in the bottom of the inning on a home run courtesy of Fallon Spriggs.
Spriggs was back at it again in the bottom of the sixth, as she gave New Paltz a 3-2 advantage with a double that scored Molly Peymann.
In its last appearance at the plate, Plattsburgh answered back when Amanda Tantillo drilled a two-run home run to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.
The Hawks responded once again, however, as Jordan Fiore hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh to claim a 5-4 victory.
Kristen Fisher struck out six during her 5 2/3 innings for the Cardinals, while her counterpart Taylor Corwin gave up no earned runs in four innings.
Plattsburgh will play another SUNYAC doubleheader today at Oneonta.
New Paltz 8, Plattsburgh State 4
Plattsburgh 100 120 0 — 4 7 1
New Paltz 240 101 x — 8 12 1
Anderson, Smith (3) and VanBrocklin. Rutcofsky and Fiore. 2B- Graves (PSU), Burgess (NP). HR- Zummo (PSU), Marshall (PSU), Burgess 2 (NP), Brewer (NP).
New Paltz 5, Plattsburgh State 4
Plattsburgh 100 101 2 — 5 8 3
New Paltz 010 100 2 — 4 7 0
Corwin, Traina and Burgess. Fisher, Smith (6) and VanBrocklin. 2B- Brewer 2 (NP), Spriggs (NP), Carlomagno (NP), Graves (PSU). 3B- Decker (PSU). HR- Spriggs (NP), Fiore (NP), Tantillo (PSU).