Saints softball swept by Cardinals
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 8:05 am

Felicia Torres hit a walk-off two-run double to lead SUNY Plattsburgh to a 5-4 win in the first game, and Bella Spadinger was 3-for-4 with five RBI in the second game to lead the Cardinals to a sweep in a non-league softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon in Plattsburgh.

Mylea Mann led St. Lawrence's offense, going a combined 3-for-6 with a double.

Game 1 – Plattsburgh 5, St. Lawrence 4

Torres was 2-for-4 with three RBI — including the two-out walk-off hit — to lead the Cardinals to a come-from-behind victory in the opener.

Jackie Decker gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first, but the Saints responded with four unanswered runs to take a 4-1 lead. Elle Gray led off the third inning with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Skylar Hein, and Angelina Carney added an RBI single to give the Saints a 2-1 lead. Gray upped the lead to 3-1 the next inning with an RBI single up the middle, and Hein drove in the fourth run with an RBI single in the sixth.

After allowing the first four runners to reach on two hits and two walks, St. Lawrence starting pitcher Caroline Young sat down 14 consecutive hitters with 12 ground ball outs and two strikeouts.

The Cardinals started their comeback with two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Kelsey Gage and an RBI single by Torres. After another single by Sydney Adolfo put runners at the corners, Madison Mitchell came on in relief of Young and struck out the next two hitters to end the inning.

The Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh with a double and two walks, setting up Torres' game-winning hit.

Gray was 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Saints' offense, and Mann (2-for-4) had her second consecutive multi-hit game.

Young allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Mitchell took the loss, allowing two runs — both unearned — on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in 1.1 innings of relief.

Taylor Smith got the win in relief for the Cardinals, retiring all four batters she faced with two strikeouts. Plattsburgh starter Katie Pitkin allowed four runs (one earned) on eight hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.

Game 2 – Plattsburgh 9, St. Lawrence 0 (6 innings)

Spadinger was 3-for-4 with five RBI and Jennifer Groat went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the sixth to end the game with the eight-run rule to lead the Cardinals to a sweep. Rhea Pitkin allowed four hits and four walks with two strikeouts in the complete game shutout for Plattsburgh.

Taylor Armijo went 2-for-3 with a stolen base to lead the Saints at the plate, and Mann was on base twice with a hit and a walk.

Allie Courtwright took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits in three innings. Mitchell threw 2.2 innings in relief, allowing five runs on five hits.

Records: St. Lawrence (8-8); SUNY Plattsburgh (12-11).

Up Next: Liberty League opener vs. Ithaca, Saints Softball Field, Canton, N.Y., Saturday, 1 p.m.