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Softball's elite offensive comes to a halt at Plattsburgh

by Panagiotis Argitis - Argitis
Tue, Apr 3rd 2018 08:00 pm
Sophomore infielder Meghan Cullen waits with a puzzled look for the next hit. The Golden Eagles look for their first conference victory after failing to have the opportunity during the opening SUNYAC game of the season.
Sophomore infielder Meghan Cullen waits with a puzzled look for the next hit. The Golden Eagles look for their first conference victory after failing to have the opportunity during the opening SUNYAC game of the season.

Following a tremendous showing at the annual Florida expedition, The College at Brockport softball team opened the SUNYAC campaign with a double-header loss to the Plattsburgh Cardinals. 

Riding on a five-game winning streak, the Cardinals have already established themselves as one of the top conference teams to watch out for this season. The team is currently perfect in conference competition with a record of 3—0, beating Brockport twice and Geneseo in the process. On top of that, the team has failed to record less than five runs in SUNYAC play and is currently averaging .346 in batting, .113 better than the entire SUNYAC opposition combined. 

Plattsburgh’s outstanding form was no surprise to Brockport, as the Cardinals managed similar numbers during their trip to Florida earlier this season. 

“Plattsburgh has always been a good team,” senior pitcher Becky Knorr said. “We knew it was going to be a battle ahead of getting to Plattsburgh, and that team will run all over you if you give it a chance. As a result, working on holding the running at Plattsburgh’s bases was a big point of emphasis during last week’s practices.”  

Despite having the second-best batting average in the nation for Division III softball, the Golden Eagles didn’t let statistics get to their heads and instead went into their first set of SUNYAC matchups with a fighting spirit. 

The two ball games were played this past Friday, on March 30, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Plattsburgh’s home field. The first of the two games saw Brockport advance the rhythm of the game with a walk from sophomore infielder Jessica Koneski. Following the takeover of the game’s lead, Brockport’s play did not fail to impress, and the team increased its lead after sophomore infielder Alison Missavege sent a two RBI-double which allowed Koneski and senior catcher Karleigh Eaton to score. Brockport went on to score again at the end of the fifth, to extend its lead to 4-0. 

Right when the Golden Eagles seemed untouchable, the Cardinals put their fire out. Their offense clicked late and the team managed to score on all of its five hits. Just like that, Brockport’s four-run lead amounted to nothing and Plattsburgh went on to win the first game 5-4. 

Plattsburgh’s momentum did not come to a halt, and subsequently Brockport’s opening SUNYAC game ended in a loss. The Golden Eagles went scoreless for the first time this season after failing to replicate its start-of-the-season batting form. Plattsburgh cashed in its second victory of the day with a 6-0 final scoreline. 

After being unable to translate their bright start to the season with wins from their first SUNYAC outing, the Golden Eagles will look to find offensive consistency in order to establish a winning foundation in the conference campaign, which is vital if they are to strive for SUNYAC tournament progression. 

“We took a lot away from our play at Plattsburgh,” Koneski said. “Only having one hit in a game will never lead to success. Being more selective when necessary will be the key for future SUNYAC competition.”  

Brockport will have a chance to come back from its double-header loss to Plattsburgh on Wednesday, April 4, with another double-header non-conference matchup against RIT.

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