March 9, 2012

Cardinals deliver pair of thrilling one-run wins in Fla.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CUA continued its winning ways on Friday, picking up a pair of one-run wins.  The Cardinals defeated the nation's 10th ranked team, Coast Guard 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the opener, and then in the day's second game, CUA earned a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win vs. Methodist.

CUA began the day by winning its second straight game, downing Coast Guard 6-5.  Allie Cain delivered a bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Cardinals to an exciting walk-off win.

Coast Guard had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jesse Richardson delivered a home run, but CUA pushed four runs across in the third to take a 4-1 lead.

The Bears came back with two runs in the fifth, including an RBI single by Chloe Harmon, but the Cards answered with a run of their own to open up a 5-3 lead.

Two runs by Coast Guard in the seventh tied the score at five, before Cain's heroics won it in the eighth.

The final inning began with a one-out single by Erin McMakin.  Monica Peters then came on to pinch run, and that was followed by a Tracey Scanlon single.  Rose Shaver then delivered another single for CUA before Coast Guard was able to record the inning's second out.

With two outs and the bases loaded, CUA sent Cain, a freshman up to bat.  She looked nothing like a freshman in delivering the game-winning hit right back up the middle.

CUA tagged Coast Guard All-American pitcher Hayley Feindel for 11 hits in dealing her the loss.

In game number-two, Methodist went on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Lindsay Tippett singled home Jordan Adams.

Pitching dominated the next several innings with CUA's Kerri Apicella and Methodist's Kayla Malone limiting both offenses to few hits and even fewer runs.

In the fifth, Methodist increased its lead to 2-0 when Krista Zentner scored on a passed ball.

The score remained that way until the top of the seventh when Scanlon led things off with a single for CUA.  Shaver followed with a single and she was replaced by pinch runner Peters.

Two batters later, Scanlon came around on a Methodist error and CUA was within one.

With two outs, Taylor Stockinger dug in, and she ripped a single that plated Allie Cain and tied the score at two.

Amy Laughner then delivered a go-ahead RBI single that scored Sam Daubman.

Apicella then got Methodist to go one-two-three in the seventh to preserve the win.  The CUA hurler finished with one strikeout and only two walks, while Malone struck out eight and allowed six hits.

On Saturday, CUA will close out its spring break trip with games vs. Mount Union (9 am) and Muskingum (11 am).

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