PLATTSBURGH — It wasn't a good day for the Plattsburgh State men's baseball team Monday.The Cardinals never really got it going against Skidmore College at Chip Cummings Field and the Thoroughbreds finally broke it open in the ninth inning for a 10-3 non-conference win."We stunk," said Plattsburgh State head coach Kris Doorey."We're not showing a lot of heart and character right now."Plattsburgh State (14-6 overall) fell behind, 3-0, in the first inning and trailed throughout."It started with the first batter of the game when we misplayed a fly ball into a triple," Doorey said."We played terrible defense from the catcher on out. We didn't play well offensively or defensively, and had only two innings when we did anything on offense."Anthony Ferri and Spencer Marcus rapped out three hits apiece for Skidmore (11-10 overall), while Rob Hutchison added two in a 13-hit attack. Mike Salamone drove in three runs.James Bradley pitched shutout ball over the first five innings to get the victory.Kevin Gent, the first of four Plattsburgh State pitchers, took the loss. Gent allowed three runs on five hits in the first inning, but settled down until the seventh when the Thoroughbreds scored two runs to take a 5-0 lead."I can't complain too much about our pitching," Doorey said. "We did, however, give up too many hits on 0-2 and 1-2 counts."The Cardinals appeared to be on the verge of making something happen after scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh to close to within 5-3.Brandon Humphrey reached on an error, Jared Jarvis walked and Donny Coolidge ripped a two-run triple. Zack Welch then bunted Coolidge home."We got three runs in the seventh to get back into it and Skidmore then put a run on the board in the eighth," Doorey said.Mark Vito's squeeze bunt gave the Thoroughbreds a 6-3 advantage in the eighth.
In the home half of the eighth, the Cardinals threatened again and loaded the bases on a single by Matt Kelley, a fielder's choice and two-out walks to Matt Dahlin and Matt Burns.Skidmore, however, escaped when reliever Sean Junda made a nice stop on Coolidge's hard grounder back up the middle for the final out."Coolidge came through for us with his triple and then hit another ball hard that they made the play on," Doorey said.The Thoroughbreds, taking advantage of some miscues by the Cardinals, added four more runs in the ninth to break it open. Salamone belted a long two-run triple for the big hit in the inning.Plattsburgh State could have got out of the inning without a run being scored had it made the plays in the field.Six players had hits for the Cardinals, who are still without the injured Todd Hughes, with Coolidge and Kyle Kowalowski getting triples. Skidmore pitchers ended up walking seven.Plattsburgh State did hit a few long drives that were tracked down."We did hit some balls hard," Doorey said. "But, we didn't get many clutch hits."The Thoroughbreds were guilty of one error in the game, while the Cardinals were charged with three.The Cardinals will look to get back on the winning side of things today when they host St. Lawrence University at 4 p.m. in a non-league contest."We going to make some changes and give some other guys a chance to see what they can do," Doorey said. "We need to start playing better baseball."—Skidmore 10, Plattsburgh State 3Skidmore 300 000 214 — 10 13 1Plattsburgh 000 000 300 — 3 6 3
Bradley, Dash (6), Junda (7) and Morelli. Gent, Davis (7), Painter (8), Murphy (9) and Humphrey. WP- Bradley. LP- Gent. Sv- Junda. 3B- Ferri (S), Salamone (S), Kowalowski (PSU), Coolidge (PSU).