The Plattsburgh State Cardinals celebrate a victory over SUNY New Paltz in Plattsburgh last season. The Cardinals and Hawks will meet again in a unique triple-header at Chester.

It will be a rare triple-header today when the Plattsburgh State and New Paltz baseball teams open up their SUNY Athletic Conference regular season.

The three games, originally scheduled for this past weekend over two days, were postponed due to the weather.

Today's contests, with the first game starting at 9 a.m., will be played in Chester on an astro-turf field.

"When I was in Illinois and coaching at MacMurray College, we played a triple-header three or four times," said Plattsburgh State head coach Kris Doorey. "But, this is the first time we've done so at Plattsburgh.

"Our guys haven't played in 10 days, so it doesn't make a lot of difference. It wouldn't have mattered if we played two games today and one on Wednesday.

"Who it will be tough on are the catchers and umpires. We will need to give our catcher an inning or two off if we can."

The games will be nine, seven and nine innings regulation.

"We would like to have our first game starter give us some kind of length," Doorey said. "You want to get off to a good start.

The Cardinals' record stands at 5-8 overall, while the Hawks are currently 8-6.

"Last year, we opened up our season with an 18-2 record before playing our conference opener and this year we're 5-8," said Doorey. "Every year is difference and every team is different.

"Literally, we're looking to play one game at a time and it doesn't matter what we've done so far. We've had our egos tested to start the season, but in the same it's been a good wake-up call for us.

"We still need to do all the little things it takes to win, including getting some clutch hits."

And, even though the Cardinals play every conference team three times this season, instead of two, Doorey would like to see his team get some momentum going today — something which has been missing for a good share of the first 13 games.

"We need to do something," said Doorey. "After today, we're scheduled to play Cortland, the best team in our conference, this coming weekend. We would like to get some positives out of the games today."

Plattsburgh State and New Paltz haven't played since competing in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.

"We got done down there a little earlier than they did," said Doorey. "They closed out their trip last Wednesday and had a longer trip coming home than we're going to make going down to their place."

Lefty Paul Handy gets the start in Game 1 against the Hawks, with Bobby Piser scheduled for Game 2 and likely Tyler Greene for Game 3.

"We're not going to use Piser in the first game — he's starting the second game no matter what," said Doorey.

"We have all our pitchers ready to go."

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