CUA drops two games at Moravian

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – CUA had a tough time generating offense on Saturday and the Cardinals suffered a pair of losses to Moravian as a result.  The Greyhounds took game one 8-0 in five innings, before earning a 6-2 win in game two.  Following the day's action CUA is 20-14 overall and 5-5 in the Landmark Conference.

CUA threatened in the first inning of game one when Taylor Stockinger walked and moved down to second on Tracey Scanlon's sacrifice bunt.

Megan Rizzi was next and she also walked, but the next two Cardinals were retired, ending the inning.

The Cardinals had another chance to score in the second, beginning with a Rose Shaver leadoff single and one out walk to Sam Daubman.  But again, the next two batters were retired and the game remained scoreless.

Moravian broke the scoreless drought with four runs in the fourth, including an RBI single by Amanda Dizinno, a two-run triple by Taylor Mihalik and an RBI double from Brook Kowal.

The Greyhounds then pulled away for the win with four more runs in the fifth.  Cassie Ernst, Dizinno and Brook Kowal registered RBI singles, while Shannen Mohr's sac fly to right plated the other run.

Kerri Apicella suffered the loss for CUA after she allowed five earned runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings, while Jenna Carmon earned the win for Moravian after surrendering just one hit in 5.0 innings of work.

In game two, Moravian jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first.  Dior George led things off with a double and then with two outs, she moved over to third on a wild pitch.  Cassie Ernst's double to right plated George and Mohr's single to left center brought home Ernst to give the Greyhounds an early lead.

CUA put the first two batters on in the second, but the next three Cardinals went down in order, ending any scoring chance.

In the third, Scanlon walked with one out and Rizzi followed with a single back up the middle.  After a fielder's choice for the inning's second out, Nina Curto walked to load the bases, but another fielder's choice ending the inning and kept CUA off the scoreboard.

Moravian scored two more runs in the fifth, with Ernst singling home both runs, to go in front 4-0, but CUA answered with two runs of its own in the sixth to cut the lead in half.

Stockinger delivered the big blow for the Cardinals in that sixth inning, smacking a two-run home run to right field.

With CUA closing in, Moravian came right back with two more runs in its half of the sixth to up its lead to four.  Mihalik homered to account for one of the runs and George came home on a wild pitch for the other.

Rizzi led the seventh off with a single for CUA, but the next three batters were retired, sending Moravian to the sweep.

Carmon earned her second win in as many tries in game two, after going all seven innings and allowing two runs on eight hits.  Erin McMakin was dealt the loss for the Cardinals after allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 5.0 innings.

CUA will wrap up its regular season on Sunday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Frostburg State in a Senior Day doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.

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