BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Plattsburgh State men's baseball team let one slip away Tuesday.Will Huntington accounted for three hits, two RBI and two runs scored as the University of Vermont opened its home season with a 6-4 non-conference victory over the Cardinals at Centennial Field."It's disappointing because we could have won the game," said Plattsburgh State head coach Kris Doorey. "Our players went into the game with the attitude it was okay to lose today."That bothered me. They didn't grasp the opportunity to do something special against a Division I team. They let a win slip by the wayside."Nick Gallipani contributed two hits, two runs and a RBI for the Catamounts, who improved to 8-11 overall. Jim Chapman added two hits and two RBI for Vermont, which finished with 11 hits.Plattsburgh State (14-5 overall) had four players — Brandon Humphrey, John Campbell, Zack Welch and John Coleman — get a hit each. The Cardinals were issued six walks and had a hit batsman."We had a couple of opportunities to score runs in the first and second innings, with two runners on in each inning, but weren't able to do so," Doorey said."We did a good job fighting back in the middle innings, We played the game the right way physically, but not mentally. We didn't have the intensity we need to show."We need to play the game with more intensity when it comes to our conference games or we're going to lose."Vermont took a 2-0 lead in the second inning and Plattsburgh State tied it in the top of the fourth when Campbell doubled in a run with two outs and later scored on a wild pitch.The Catamounts regained a two-run lead in the bottom of the inning, only to have the Cardinals tie it again with two in the fifth on Coleman's RBI single and another wild pitch.Vermont then went ahead to stay with two runs in the home half of the sixth inning on a two-run double by Chapman.Nate Matusick went the first five innings for the Catamounts and allowed four runs. Lefty Justin Albert pitched hitless ball for the next three innings to get the victory and got one out in the ninth frame before Brandon Miles retired the next two hitters for the save.Albert retired 10 in a row before issuing back-to-back walks in the ninth."Albert pitched great," Doorey said. "He had three three-up, three-down innings before the ninth."We got two men on in the ninth and they brought in Miles, who got the final two outs on an infield pop and grounder."Ryan Tracy started for the Cardinals and allowed eight hits, four runs, struck out two and did not walk anyone in four innings.Kevin Gent pitched a scoreless fifth and Chris Murphy went the final three innings in taking the loss. Murphy struck out one, walked one, allowed three hits and two runs."This is the first time Tracy has pitched since our Florida trip and he did okay," Doorey said. "They hit the ball off him. He had two outs and a runner on third in the fourth when they ended up scoring two runs."Murphy also pitched for the first time since Florida and did a good job, He was able to get some pretty good hitters out as Vermont played most of their starters."The Cardinals used their regular line-up, except for first baseman Todd Hughes, who is nursing an injury at the moment."It's always a fun game to play against Vermont and it was still good for us," Doorey said. "We used our regulars today, except for Hughes."A big difference in the game was that our fourth, fifth and sixth hitters — the middle of our line-up — went a combined 0-11."Plattsburgh State's scheduled non-conference home game today against Skidmore has already been postponed due to bad weather on the way. It will be played instead next Monday at Chip Cummings Field.The Cardinals are scheduled to return to State University of New York Athletic Conference play this coming Saturday at SUNYIT in a twinbill.Vermont 6, Plattsburgh State 4Plattsburgh 000 220 000 — 4 4 2Vermont 020 202 00x — 6 11 1Tracy, Gent, (5), Murphy (6) and Humphrey. Matusick, Albert (6), Miles (9) and Nolet. WP- Albert. LP- Murphy. Sv- Miles. 2B- Campbell (PSU), Chapman (UVM), Gallipani (UVM), Huntington (UVM).
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