Big first inning lifts Plattsburgh baseball past Saints
A six-run first inning gave Plattsburgh State a lead it would not relinquish, as the Cardinals topped the St. Lawrence University baseball team 11-4 in a non-conference game in Plattsburgh, New York on Wednesday afternoon.
The Saints were outhit 14-4 in the loss, with Taylor Digilio, Evan O'Keeffe, Joe DeGuardia and Joe Levin connecting for St. Lawrence. First-year starting pitcher Cameron Morrissey took the loss (0-2), while Patrick Bryant earned his first win of the season for Plattsburgh.The Cardinals scored six runs on six hits and two walks in the first inning, and led 7-0 heading into the top of the fifth before the Saints broke the shutout.
Tyler Guido, who led off the top of the fifth with a walk, scored the Saints' first run of the afternoon on an RBI single to right center by Levin. His single was the first hit for St. Lawrence since Digilio's single to lead off the first inning.
Plattsburgh answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the fifth before adding two more in the seventh, including one on a pinch-hit home run by Keller Kowaloski, to take a 10-1 lead.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Saints scored three runs on one hit and three RBI walks issued to James Cronin, Guido and DeGuardia to cut the deficit to 10-4.
Junior Loondy Lopez made the first appearance of his collegiate career on the mound for the Saints to start the bottom of the eighth, issuing three walks and giving up the 11th and final run of the afternoon for Plattsburgh before he was relieved by first-year Ryan Carson.
The Saints left the bases load in the top of the ninth after Henry Day and Matt Marowitz earned walks and Anthony Butler was hit by a pitch.
St. Lawrence used five pitchers on Wednesday, as Morrissey went 3.0 innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits with four walks and a strikeout. Louis LaCivita and Charlie Pacilio each pitched 2.0 innings and were followed by Lopez and Carson, who finished the game.
Records – St. Lawrence (2-15), Plattsburgh State (7-14)
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