Cardinals come away with a split against New Paltz PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN CORYER, Staff Writer   
Sunday, April 01, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State baseball team was hoping for two wins over New Paltz Saturday to open its State University of New York Athletic Conference regular season.
The Cardinals were fortunate to get one at Chip Cummings Field.
Plattsburgh State scored the game-winning run on a two-out, wild pitch in the 10th inning to prevail, 6-5, in the opener.
Then, in the second game, left-hander Jim Donohue limited the Cardinals to one hit in a 1-0 victory as the Hawks gained a split.
"After winning the first game like we did, we needed to come out and win the second," said Plattsburgh State head coach Kris Doorey.
"But, this is what it's like in the SUNYAC. New Paltz always plays us tough and we were fortunate to win one today."
In the opener, the game went into the bottom of the 10th tied at 5-all.
Reliever Michael Virga struck out the first two batters in the inning, but Zack Welch reached on an infield error.
Welch stole second, Matt Dahlin walked and both runners moved up a base on a passed ball. Welch then came across with the game-winning run on a wild pitch.
The Cardinals held a 4-2 lead at one time, but needed a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to even things up at 5-all.
Paul Strang was hit by a pitch, moved to second on an infield grounder and scored on Welch's two-out, base hit to left field.
Welch finished with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI for Plattsburgh State. Kyle Kowalowski added two hits and a RBI, while Dahlin, John Coleman and Brandon Humphrey each had a hit and RBI.
Alex Cadmus accounted for three hits, three RBI and a run scored for the Hawks.
Kevin Gent went the first seven innings, plus the first two batters in the eighth, for the Cardinals. He allowed five hits, walked six and did not strike out anyone.
Dahlin went the final three innings to get the victory. He allowed two hits, walked three and struck out three.
Strang, playing in center, saved at least one run with a sensational diving catch in the top of the 10th for the final out of the inning to get the Cardinals out of potential trouble.
"We were able to execute some things in the first game to help us win," Doorey said. "But, we didn't have many opportunities in the second game and they scored a run when they had their one chance to do so."
Donohue struck out four, walked two and allowed only a bunt single to Welch in the bottom of the third. The Cardinals ended up loading the bases in the third, but Donahue got a strikeout to strand the three runners.
Plattsburgh State never got another baserunner the rest of the way.
"He (Donahue) allowed only one hit in beating us last year," Doorey said.
"He didn't have as many walks in this game, but was just wild enough for us not to get comfortable. And, we didn't make any adjustments at the plate."
Dahlin started Game 2 and got one out in the sixth before Matt Kelley took over in relief to finish it out. Dahlin took the loss.
New Paltz broke the scoreless deadlock in the top of the sixth. Jesse Marsh walked and was sacrificed to second by Kevin Paino. John DeKams then singled to center to drive in Marsh with the only run of the contest.
The Cardinals avoided further problems when Kelley got a strikeout for the third out of the inning, with the sacks full.
"Matt (Dahlin) pitched great," Doorey said. "He did what we asked of him. And, Kevin (Gent) threw the ball well in the first game.
"We just didn't execute offensively at all in the second game."
The Cardinals (13-3, 1-1) are in Oneonta today for a noon twinbill with the Red Dragons.
Oneonta (11-1) defeated SUNYIT on Saturday, 18-7 and 12-4.
"I'm sure we'll be seeing Oneonta's No. 1 and 2 pitchers," Doorey said.
In other games Saturday, Brockport won two games at home from Cortland — 4-2 and 9-2. Cortland entered the weekend ranked third nationally in Division III with a 14-0 record.
Plattsburgh State 6, New Paltz 5 (10)
New Paltz 000 200 120 0 — 5 7 4
Plattsburgh 000 112 010 1 — 6 8 1
Potter, Adams (8), Virga (10) and Cadmus. Gent, Dahlin (8) and Humphrey. WP- Dahlin. LP- Virga. 2B- Cadmus (NP), Kelley (PSU), Kowalowski (PSU).

New Paltz 1, Plattsburgh State 0
New Paltz 000 001 0 — 1 6 0
Plattsburgh 000 000 0 — 0 1 0
Donohue and Helf. Dahlin, Kelley (6) and Humphrey. WP- Donohue. LP- Dahlin. 2B- Helf (NP).



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