ONEONTA — After dropping a tough 1-0 home decision to New Paltz in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday and then a another tough 7-6 road loss to Oneonta on Sunday, the Plattsburgh State baseball team needed something to go its way.That something proved to be Matt Kelley.Kelley tossed a two-hitter in the nightcap as the Cardinals recorded a 5-1 victory over the Red Dragons for a split of their State University of New York Athletic Conference doubleheader Sunday.Kelley struck out five and walked just one in going the distance for the win.The only hits for Oneonta (12-2, 3-1) were a solo home run by Brandon Galutz in the first inning and a single by Ryan Myers in the seventh."Matt pitched great," said Plattsburgh State head coach Kris Doorey. "He was ahead of everyone and completely dominated their hitters. Matt threw the ball the way he can."And scoring some early runs for a change helped ease things offensively and defensively. We were able to play with a lead."Matt Dahlin led the Cardinals (14-4, 2-2) at the plate with two hits and three RBI. Dahlin doubled in two runs in the first inning and added an RBI-single in the fifth."Dahlin's two-run double in the first inning got the monkey off our back," Doorey said.Zack Welch contributed two hits and two runs, while John Coleman added a hit and two runs scored, and Todd Hughes had an RBI-single."In our conference, everyone is competitive," Doorey said. "That's why when you have a chance to get a win, you have to take it. Bouncing back and winning the second game was very important for us."I can't complain too much about us going 2-2 on the weekend. I can't complain about the effort today. We kept fighting all day."In the first game, the Cardinals trailed, 6-3, heading into the top of the ninth when they scored three times on a RBI-double by Kyle Kowalowski and a one-out, two-run homer by Kelley to tie it.Plattsburgh State's hopes for a comeback win, however, ended in the home half of the ninth when Brian Holmes walked, moved to third on throwing error by the pitcher on a pick-off attempt and scored on Nick Martino's one-out, game-winning single."We pulled one of our outfielders in for a fifth infielder," Doorey said. "But (Martino) was still able to squirt one through."Holmes and Galutz rapped out two hits each for the Red Dragons, with Holmes scoring four runs.Kowalowski had a big game at the plate for Plattsburgh State with four hits, two runs and two RBI. John Campbell added two hits, while Kelley and Hughes drove in two runs apiece.Chris Van Houten went the first three innings for the Cardinals, and Joey Painter finished up while taking the loss.Painter allowed just one earned run. He surrendered two hits, walked three and struck out five in going five full innings plus getting one out in the bottom of the ninth."Painter pitched unbelievable baseball and kept us in the game," Doorey said. "He retired 10 or 11 in a row at one time."The key in the game was that we took one inning off defensively. Even though they won't show up in the stat sheet as errors, we made some mistakes that led to them scoring four runs in the third inning. We could have been out of the inning without allowing a run. But they took advantage."We left 10 runners on base and didn't take advantage of our chances. We outhit them (13-9)."The Cardinals return to the diamond Tuesday at Vermont and then host Skidmore on Wednesday.Oneonta 7, Plattsburgh State 6Plattsburgh 001 020 003 — 6 13 1Oneonta 104 000 101 — 7 9 0Van Houten, Painter (6) and Welch. Locke, Connors (9), Lawrence (9) and Myers. WP- Lawrence. LP- Painter. 2B- Kowalowski (PSU). Hughes (PSU), Jarvis (PSU), Paquette (O), Randall (O), Suhadoini (O). 3B- Holmes (O). HR- Kelley (PSU).Plattsburgh State 5, Oneonta 1Plattsburgh 200 030 0 — 5 7 0Oneonta 100 000 0 — 1 2 1Kelley and Humphrey. Ackerman, Williams (5) and Myers. WP- Kelley. LP- Ackerman. 2B- Dahlin (PSU). HR- Galutz (O).
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