KISSIMEE, Fla. – CUA picked up its first win of the season on Tuesday, downing Hiram 16-10 in the day's first game, before falling to Husson 2-0 in the nightcap. After two days at the Rebel Spring Games, CUA is 1-3.
After downing Hiram 16-10 to begin the day, CUA dropped a tough 2-0 decision to Husson in game number-two.
CUA jumped on top Hiram 4-0 in the first inning of game one. Taylor Stockinger led the frame off with a walk and Mel Galella reached on a fielder's choice. Megan Rizzi was next and she belted a three-run homer to put the Cards in front 3-0. With one out, Tracey Scanlon walked, and she eventually came around on a Hiram error to put CUA on top by four.
The lead reached five when Sam Daubman scored in the second, but Hiram answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half to cut the Cardinals lead to three.
Hiram then exploded for six runs in the third to take its first lead of the day, 8-5.
The Cardinals got two of the runs back in the fourth when Daubman led off with a single and then stole second. Amy Laughner was then walked and Stockinger followed with an RBI single.
With the bases loaded, Nina Curto's fielder's choice plated CUA's second run of the frame and the Cardinals were down just one.
Two Hiram runs in the fifth put the Cardinals in a three-run hole, but Stockinger drove in Laughner with a single in the sixth to pull CUA within two.
CUA then pushed eight runs across in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 16-10 lead.
Scanlon walked and tripled in the inning, Stockinger and Allie Cain doubled, and Shaver, Daubman, and Amy Laughner each recorded singles. In all, 12 batters came to the plate and CUA tallied seven hits and eight runs.
Against Husson, CUA threatened in the first when Laughner led off with a single and moved down to second on a passed ball. Mel Galella was then walked, but Megan Rizzi grounded into a fielder's choice, and Laughner was out on the play.
Erin McMakin was next and she also grounded into a fielder's choice, with Galella out on the play. A third straight fielder's choice ended the Cardinals inning.
The Cardinals had another chance in the fifth, when Sam Daubman reached on an error and Laughner followed with a single. Galella flew out to center though, and the inning ended on yet another fielder's choice.
Husson scored the game's only two runs in the sixth when Victoria Overlock doubled in Kayla Merrill, and Overlock later crossed on a CUA error.
McMakin singled to lead off the sixth for the Cardinals, and Rose Shaver delivered a two-out single to put runners on first and second. Kerri Apicella went down swinging though and the teams headed to the seventh.
Laughner singled again in the seventh, this time with one out, but Husson was able to retire the next two Cardinal batters.
Apicella went all seven innings in the circle for CUA, striking out one and allowing just a single earned run. Merrill earned the win for Husson after allowing six hits and no runs in seven innings.
On Wednesday the Cardinals play two more games before having off on Thursday. First up, CUA faces Simpson, followed by a matchup with Aurora.