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Pitching carries Cardinals to sweep: Plattsburgh State ends three-game losing streak with two wins over Lyndon State PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN CORYER, Staff Writer   
Thursday, April 12, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh State men's baseball team needed to get back in the win column in the worse way Wednesday.
And, thanks primarily to the pitching of Matt Kelley and Billy Davis, the Cardinals were able to do so.
Plattsburgh State took both ends of a non-conference twinbill from Lyndon State — 1-0 and 6-4 — at Chip Cummings Field.
"The most important thing is that we ended up on the winning end today," said Cardinals' head coach Kris Doorey. "We needed a win or go into a complete downward spiral.
"It doesn't matter if you win ugly or by 10 runs."
Kelley outdueled the Hornets' Nicholas Rivers while tossing a complete game in the opener. Kelley allowed two hits, did not walk anyone and struck out nine.
He carried a no-hitter and perfect game into the sixth inning when Matt Lapham singled with one out.
"Matt completely dominated their hitters," Doorey said. "He has pitched great his last three or four times out."
Rivers, in a losing cause, surrendered four hits, walked two and did not strike out anyone.
The Cardinals, who wasted a couple of scoring opportunities early in the game, needed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh inning to prevail.
Donny Coolidge, who went four-for-five on the day and was hit by a pitch once, led off the seventh with a single up the middle.
Coolidge advanced to second on John Campbell's sacrifice bunt and stayed there when Lyndon State got the second out on a fly ball.
Zack Welch then hit a hard grounder that Lyndon State second baseman Dylan Barton made a back-handed play on. Barton's throw to first, however, pulled first baseman Jordan Royer off the bag and Coolidge scored all the way from second for the game-winning run.
Coolidge went two-for-two in the contest, while Welch and Campbell had the other Plattsburgh State hits.
Lapham and Rob Malloy had the lone hits for the Hornets — both coming in the sixth inning.
Plattsburgh State center fielder Paul Strang made the defensive play of the game with a diving catch in the sixth inning.
"It was pretty ugly offensively in the first game for us," Doorey said.
The second game was a sloppy one, with the two teams combining for eight errors — five by Lyndon State.
The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the first without the benefit of a hit.
The Hornets, who outhit the Cardinals by an 11-4 margin, rallied for a 4-2 lead and had the sacks full, with one out, in the fourth inning when Davis took over.
Davis, however, got out of the inning without further damage and blanked the Hornets (2-6 overall) the rest of the way.
"This was Billy's best outing of the spring for us," Doorey said. "He pitched well."
Meanwhile, the Cardinals began to chip away.
Plattsburgh State got to within 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth. Coolidge doubled with one out, Brandon Humphrey singled to right and Strang put down a squeeze bunt to plate Coolidge.
The Cardinals drew even in the fifth when Welch reached on a throwing error, John Coleman sacrificed and Kyle Kowalowski ripped a hard run-scoring single up the middle.
Plattsburgh State took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. Coolidge singled to right and Humphrey walked. The two moved up a base on Strang's sacrifice bunt. Coolidge scored on Campbell's squeeze bunt to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead and Humphrey then came across on a wild pitch.
"We were able to take advantage of our chances in the second game," Doorey said. "Hopefully, it will give us a little confidence.
"We did some good things like steal bases, get sacrifice bunts down and squeeze home runners.
"We're not swinging the bats horribly. We're not getting a lot of bloop hits or ground-ball singles."
Plattsburgh State did get a little scare in the top of the seventh when, with one out, Lapham and Barton both singled.
But, with runners on second and third, with two down, Rivers made an ill-advised dash to home on a short wild pitch. Humphrey flipped the ball to Davis, who tagged the runner for the game's final out.
Davis allowed two hits, did not walk anyone and struck out four in getting the win in relief.
Coolidge went two-for-three in Game 2, while Kowalowski and Humphrey had the only other Cardinal hits
The Cardinals (16-7 overall), weather permitting, return to State University of New York Athletic Conference play this weekend, hosting Oswego on Saturday and Cortland on Sunday.
"Our starting pitching has been okay for the most part," Doorey said. "But, the competition is going to get better when we get back in the conference."
Plattsburgh 1, Lyndon State 0
Lyndon State 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Plattsburgh 000 000 1 — 1 4 1
Rivers and Lapham. Kelley and Humphrey. WP- Kelley. LP- Rivers.

Plattsburgh 6, Lyndon State 4
Lyndon State 102 100 0 — 4 11 5
Plattsburgh 200 112 x — 6 4 3
Fletcher, Royer (5) and Lapham. Painter, Murphy (4), Davis (4) and Humphrey. WP- Davis. LP- Royer. 2B- Coolidge (PSU).

 

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