Four wins and losses have kept the Plattsburgh State softball team afloat with a SUNYAC tournament-qualifying sixth seed and a 8-6 conference record.
The Cardinals began their 900 mile road trip after a 10-day gap in live-game action, which head coach Stephanie Conroy believes contributed to the team’s lackluster showing of four losses and two wins on the road.
“The offtime got to the team,” Conroy said. “It took a little time to warm up against live pitching again.”
While PSUC struggled away from home, the team regrouped in its first doubleheader back in Plattsburgh against Potsdam Tuesday with a comeback win in the first game, followed by an 8-0 rout.
Conroy won her 200th game as head coach for the Cardinals after the team’s first win against Potsdam.
“It’s always a proud moment as a coach to reach a milestone,” Conroy said. “I’m just happy the team is doing well. If you’re competitive and like to win, then it’s something you expect to happen.”
Under Conroy’s tenure as head coach, the Cards appeared in a NCAA Division III World Series, captured a SUNYAC championship and earned a multitude of conference honors for its players.
Unaware of her impending milestone, Conroy was surprised with the game ball and a ceremonial picture with her team.
The Cards scored early and often in game one against the Bears with four runs in the second inning before surrendering the lead to Potsdam the following inning with five runs, three of which were unearned.
The game didn’t see another run scored until the final inning where PSUC still trailed by one run. With one out remaining and bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, junior second basemen and catcher Anna Fisher singled to center field, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
As the the season enters its final stretch, the Cards cannot afford to suffer many more losses as five spots in the SUNYAC tournament remain with six teams in good position to claim a postseason spot.
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