Plattsburgh State struggles to regain Florida momentum PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN CORYER, Staff Writer   
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men's baseball team built some momentum with a 10-2 record on its annual trip to Florida.
That momentum, however, is now a thing of the past.
Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter Tuesday as St. Lawrence University blanked the Cardinals, 6-0, in non-conference play at Chip Cummings Field, handing Plattsburgh State its fifth loss in its last seven games.
"It was a poor effort — we seemed flat," said senior third baseman John Coleman. "We're waiting around for someone to get a big hit for us.
"We came back from Florida where we had a lot of hits and figured all we had to do was throw our gloves out on the field and win. That's not the case.
"But, we can't get paralyzed by what's going on with us now and have to put it behind us."
Former Ogdensburg Free Academy standout Troy Lassial went the first five innings to get the win for the Saints (8-5 overall). He allowed one hit, walked three and struck out one.
Chris Kerr, Mike Gipson and Ryan Duff pitched the final four innings for the Saints as they allowed a combined two hits, one walk and fanned three.
Matt Dahlin went two batters into the eighth inning in taking the loss. He struck out four, allowed seven hits, did not walk anyone and surrendered three earned runs.
"Dahlin pitched a great game," Coleman said.
The Cardinals (14-7 overall), who stranded 10 runners, had their best chances to score in the early innings.
In the bottom of the first, after two were out, Dahlin reached on an error, Matt Kelley singled and Coleman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lassial, however, got out of the inning with a fielder's choice.
Then, in the second, Matt Burns led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second. With two out, Kyle Kowalowski walked. But, Plattsburgh State failed to score again when Lassial induced a fly ball to right.
"I don't know what it is — I don't know what's happening to our hitting," Dahlin, a senior, said. "Absolutely, it would help us a lot to get some runs at the beginning of the game.
"But, we're not playing to our ability and we're in for a rude awakening when we go back to conference play if we don't start playing better."
Tuesday's game was scoreless through four innings before the Saints got on the scoreboard with a run in the fifth.
Duff and Joe Regonlinski opened the inning with singles and moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt.
The Saints then called for a suicide-squeeze bunt, but the batter missed the sign. St. Lawrence, however, was still able to score on a passed ball on the play.
In the seventh, the Saints made it 2-0 when Duff singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on a wild pitch and scored on Joel Kocan's single to right.
St. Lawrence then broke it open with four runs on three hits and an error in the eighth frame, two runs coming across to Kocan's single to left.
Duff and Kocan powered the Saints with two hits apiece, with Kocan driving in three runs and Duff scoring three times.
Kelley, Burns and Paul Strang, who pinch hit in the ninth, had the lone hits for the Cardinals.
"We need a spark right now," said Strang, a senior outfielder. "We have to start stringing some hits together.
"We need to get it going earlier in games and stand up as individuals to get it done instead of waiting for something to happen.
"We have to start meshing as a team again."
The Cardinals, who host State University of New York Athletic Conference doubleheaders this weekend against Oswego (Saturday) and Cortland (Sunday), have one last chance to get out of their rut today.
Plattsburgh State will play two seven-innings contests with Lyndon State in non-conference action, beginning at 1 p.m., at Chip Cummings Field.
St. Lawrence 6, Plattsburgh St. 0
St. Lawrence 000 010 140 — 6 8 1
Plattsburgh St. 000 000 000 — 0 3 2
Lassial, Kerr (6), Gipson (8), Duff (9) and Kocan. Dahlin, Murphy (8), Davis (8), Van Houten (9) and Welch. WP- Lassial. LP- Dahlin. 2B- Engebretson.



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