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Softball Cardinals start out on rugged road PDF Print E-mail
Written by COURTNEY LEWIS, Staff Writer   
Thursday, April 19, 2007

Cross your fingers. Knock on wood. But it looks like the weather might cooperate enough for the Plattsburgh State softball team to play today.
The Cardinals are scheduled to be at Brockport today and then at Fredonia, Buffalo State and Geneseo from Friday through Sunday. Plattsburgh State has played one nonconference doubleheader in the last 33 days and is now set to play its full SUNY Athletic Conference slate — 20 games — in 11 days.
Coach Sean Cotter said this has been the most trouble the conference has had with weather and field conditions in recent memory.
"I remember 2000, 2001 wasn't great," Cotter said. "And it was maybe more not great for us than for the rest of the conference. I don't remember a year this bad for this many teams."
He added that games have been postponed not just throughout the SUNYAC, but also across Division III.
Plattsburgh State is the only team that hasn't opened SUNYAC play yet. The other North Country member of the conference, Potsdam, has played just two SUNYAC games so far, but everyone else has gotten in at least four.
Teams need to complete their conference season before the SUNYAC Tournament May 4-6. NCAA regionals begin the following week.
A change the Plattsburgh State coaches made before the season started might help the Cardinals during the upcoming stretch. Cotter said the team hit the wall during regionals last year, so the coaches adjusted the training program to focus on the last five weeks of the season.
"Physically, I think it's going to be a huge challenge for us," Cotter said. "The last question for this group is how tough are we? And I think that will certainly be answered by next Sunday (April 29)."
Brockport, Buffalo State and Geneseo are currently tied atop the SUNYAC standings with six wins apiece.
Brockport (14-4, 6-2) swept Buffalo State and split with Geneseo. Rachel Maxon and Rochelle Cantor are second and third in the conference with batting averages of .458 and .451, respectively. Cantor's 21 RBI are the most in the conference, and Maxon is next with 20. The Golden Eagles have used seven different pitchers this season.
"Brockport has always been a tough place for us to play; we've never won two there," Cotter said. "In fact, we've never swept any of these teams on the road, and we've never swept Geneseo at all. So that's as good as it gets right off the bat on the road."

 

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