CUA sweeps Bobcats on Senior Day; Stockinger sets HR record

WASHINGTON – One day after suffering a pair of tough losses, CUA rebounded to sweep a doubleheader from Frostburg State on Sunday in the regular season finale.  The Cardinals earned a dramatic 9-8 walk-off win in game one before holding off the Bobcats for a 5-3 win in the nightcap.  Taylor Stockinger socked her ninth home run of the season in game one, which set a new school record.

In game number-one, CUA jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first. Stockinger led things off with a long home run to left field to set the single season home run record and Nina Curto's single to center plated Megan Rizzi and Mel Galella.  Stockinger broke the record of Sarah Galloway, who hit eight home runs during the 2004 season.

The lead reached four in the second when Erin McMakin came home on a Frostburg State error, but the Bobcats came back with a run of their own in the third to make it a 4-1 game.

In the fourth, Frostburg State pulled to within one with two more runs, including one on a wild pitch and then another on an RBI single from Beth Whitehead.

CUA regained control of the game with two runs in the fourth to go in front 6-3.  Stockinger doubled in Monica Peters and then came home on a Bobcats wild pitch.

A four-run fifth propelled Frostburg State to its first lead of the day.  The big blow came off the bat of Shari Beavers, who hit a three-run homer to center field, while Taylor Vandergrift's RBI single plated the fourth run. 

The back-and-forth continued with CUA going in front with two runs in its half of the fifth.  Bases loaded walks to McMakin and Stockinger accounted for the two Cardinal runs.

Frostburg State refused to go away, tying the score at eight with a single run in the sixth.

Down to its final three outs, CUA scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to take game one.  The rally began with two outs when Amy Laughner singled to center.  Stockinger then walked and a Bobcats error on the next batter allowed Laughner to come around with the winning run.

Victoria Capozucca earned the game one win for CUA, after going 4.0 innings and allowing two runs, while Lauren Scrivener was dealt the loss after she allowed nine runs on 12 hits in 6.2 innings.

CUA again got in front first in the second game, scoring twice in the first inning.  Stockinger walked to lead things off and then moved to second on Tracey Scanlon's sac bunt.  A Rizzi double to right field plated Stockinger, and a Frostburg State error allowed Rizzi to come across for a 2-0 lead.

Rizzi stroked her second double in as many innings in the second, this time plating two Cardinals to extend the lead to four.

In the fifth, Frostburg State cut the CUA lead in half when two runners crossed following a Cardinals error, but a Sam Daubman ground out in the bottom of the frame brought in Curto and put CUA back in front by three.

Frostburg State did its best to keep the game going in the seventh, scoring once on Caitlin Lovend's RBI single and then bringing up the potential game-tying run with two outs.  Amanda Hennessee went down swinging though, giving the Cardinals a sweep.

Kerri Apicella went all seven innings in the circle to earn the win, striking out three and allowing three runs, while Jordan Wright suffered the loss after she gave up four earned runs in six innings.

Prior to Sunday's games CUA honored its senior class of Sam Daubman, Megan Rizzi and Tracey Scanlon with an on-field ceremony.

CUA will be back in action on Friday, May 4 when the Cardinals take on Susquehanna in the 2012 Landmark Conference Tournament in Selinsgrove, Pa.  CUA enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed, while the Crusaders are No. 1.  No. 2 Moravian and No. 3 Scranton round out the tourney field.

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