AMHERST, Mass. — Plattsburgh State punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III World Series with a 6-1 win in the championship game of the Amherst Regional against Keene State.
Brittany Marshall led off the game with a single to right field and a pair of stolen bases, but she was tagged out at home on a fielder’s choice, keeping the Cardinals (35-9) off the board.
In the bottom half of the first inning, Keene State (28-12-1) loaded the bases with two outs, but Plattsburgh starter Ashley Marshall fanned Samantha Nitso to work out of the jam.
Dana Mandery reached on a fielder’s choice followed by an infield single by Megan Price put runners on the corners with two outs in the top of the second inning. The Cardinals got a break when the Owls threw the ball away on a steal attempt, allowing two runs to score.
Errors continued to plague Keene State in the third inning. Michelle Iannone reached on an error to put two on with two outs for the Cardinals. Brianna Clarke came around to score on a throwing error by Owls’ third baseman Ellissa Coburn, putting Plattsburgh up by three.
Keene State’s Haley Chandler drilled a ball off the right field, legging out a triple in the bottom of the fifth. Owls’ pitcher Sara Stocklinski helped her own cause with a two-out single up the middle, bringing home Keene State’s first run and cutting the Cardinal lead to 3-1.
A single and a pair of walks left the bases full of Cardinals in the top of the sixth, setting the stage for Clarke, who brought them all home with a double to right center to give the Cardinals a 6-1 lead.
Ashley Marshall went the distance to improve to 25-4 on the year. Marshall allowed one run on five hits and struck out six.
Stocklinski suffered the loss after giving up two earned runs and six hits through 5.2 innings.
Clarke, Samantha Capobianco and Brittany Marshall were named to the All-Tournament Team while Ashley Marshall was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.