FARMINGDALE — Take away the first two innings Sunday and it wasn’t a bad opening day for the Plattsburgh State baseball team.
The Cardinals dropped a 9-4 and 1-0 doubleheader to Farmingdale State in non-league play. Plattsburgh fell behind the Rams, 8-0, after two innings of the opener and held a 4-2 scoring edge the rest of the day.
“Watching the first two innings, you could tell it was our first game on a field this season,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “We were ready to play, but not mentally. When things started to go bad, we were in shock. Farmingdale is a very good team and they took advantage.
“Farmingdale was playing its 10th and 11th games of the season, while we were playing just our first two.”
But Doorey was encouraged with what he saw after that.
“We then pitched better and played pretty well defensively,” he said. “And we hit the ball well at times.
“All in all, except for the two innings where we stunk, it was a pretty good day of baseball for us. We did a lot of things we needed to do, except win a game.”
Plattsburgh starter Marc Plante had a tough outing in the opener, surrendering eight runs, six of which were earned, in pitching into the second.
Brian Burns allowed one run in four innings of relief, while Corey Grossman tossed two scoreless innings and Ross Levinson, one.
“Burns wasn’t great, but he put up some zeroes,” Doorey said. “Our bullpen was able to do a good job.”
The Cardinals scored a run in the fifth inning off winning pitcher Anthony Eilers and added three in the ninth.
Brian Latulipe led Plattsburgh’s five-hit offense with two hits, while Mat Chavez, Casey Brighton and Mike Vargues each added one.
Game 2 was much better, with Farmingdale (5-6) scoring the lone run in the bottom of the eighth on Eric Wiener’s squeeze bunt with runners on second and third.
The Rams had 10 hits in all, but Nick Ventricelli was the first Farmingdale player to get to third base in the game and he scored.
“They started the inning with an infield single where Brian (Latulipe) made a nice play at shortstop and it was a bang-bang play at first,” Doorey said.
“They then had runners on first and second when they had a double steal. The throw to third beat their runner, and I thought he was out. But the umpire called him safe and then he scored on the bunt.”
Kyle Kelly gave the Cardinals a quality start. In six innings, he allowed eight hits, walked four and struck out two.
“Kyle threw the ball extremely well,” Doorey said. “They had some baserunners, but nobody reached third off him.”
The Cardinals had their chances to score, but couldn’t break through.
“They threw their No. 2 (Michael Dolce) and No. 3 (James Powers) against us and then used their closer (Timmy Trimarchi) in the ninth,” Doorey said.
“We had runners on first and third in the fourth, but couldn’t score. Then in the fifth, with two out, we got singles from Ben Weightman, Mat Chavez and Luke Weaver to load the bases, but couldn’t get anyone across.”
Powers picked up the win in relief. Colin Crawford, the second of three Plattsburgh hurlers, took the loss.
The Cardinals managed seven hits in Game 2, with Chavez getting two. Weaver, Mike Mulvihill, Chris Pescetti, Vargues and Weightman each chipped in with one.
“We had our opportunities in the second game,” Doorey said. “But Farmingdale did all the little things it takes.
“We don’t play again until we’re in Florida. We leave on Friday. But by playing today, it gave us something to gauge where we are at.”
Plattsburgh 000 010 000 — 4 5 2
Farmingdale 440 010 00x — 9 13 1
Plante, Burns (2), Grossman (6), Levinson (8) and Briggs. Eilers, Kitt (6), Cashman (7), Weingarten (8), Schwartz (9) and Wiener. WP- Eilers. LP- Plante. 2B- Brighton (PSU), McCarthy (F).
Plattsburgh 000 000 000 — 0 7 0
Farmingdale 000 000 01x — 1 10 0
Kelly, Crawford (7), Doughtie (8) and Briggs. Dolce, Powers (6), Trimarchi (9) and Sullivan, Wiener (8). WP- Powers. LP- Crawford. Sv- Trimarchi.