CUA outlasts Hood in 11 in game one, cruises to game two win

FREDERICK, Md. – The Cardinals picked up their third and fourth wins in a row on Sunday by sweeping Hood in a doubleheader.  CUA outlasted the Blazers 7-6 in an 11-inning affair in game one, before shutting out Hood 6-0 in the nightcap.  With the wins CUA improves to 17-11 overall on the season.

In the day's first game, CUA scored once in the eighth inning to go in front 5-4.  Melissa Rebechi stole home to give the Cardinals a one-run lead, but Hood came right back with a single run in the bottom half of the inning to extend the game.

After two scoreless innings, CUA pushed two runs across in the 11th when Taylor Stockinger blasted a two-run homer to left to make it 7-5.

In the bottom of the inning Hood refused to go away quietly.  Jackie Wenzel was placed on second as per the international tiebreak rule and she moved over to third on a ground out.  A Casey Dunn single to left then plated Wenzel and cut CUA's lead to just one. 

The Cardinals retired the next two batters though to earn the win.

Hood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game with a pair of runs in the first, but CUA tied things at two in the third. 

Tracey Scanlon led off with a walk and moved down to second on Megan Rizzi's single.  With two outs, Nina Curto ripped a double to left center to plate both Cardinals and knot the score at two.

Rizzi's sac fly brought home Sam Daubman in the fourth to give the Cardinals their first lead of the day and Monica Peters' RBI single in the fifth put CUA on top by two.

The Blazers rallied back though, scoring twice in the sixth to tie things up and eventually send the game into extra innings.

Erin McMakin went all 11 innings in the circle for CUA and earned the win after she allowed four earned runs on 12 hits, while Alison Schuetz suffered the loss for Hood after she gave up five earned runs on nine hits in 11 innings.

In game number-two, CUA wasted little time in jumping on top with three runs in the first inning.

Stockinger got the Cards started with a lead-off single and she moved down to second on a Hood error that allowed Scanlon to reach base.

Rizzi then singled to load the bases and Mel Galella followed with a single of her own to plate CUA's first run.

Another RBI single, this one from Curto, made it 2-0, and a bases loaded walk to Rose Shaver gave the Cardinals their third run of the frame.

CUA scored two more times in the third to open up a five-run advantage.  Rizzi and Galella led things off with back-to-back singles, and they both came around on Jill Zic's two-out single to center.

The lead grew to six in the sixth when Rizzi singled home Stockinger with two outs.

Kerri Apicella was the game two winner after throwing a complete game shutout that included five strikeouts and only three hits against her.

Hood starter Jennifer Rutherford was the loser after she surrendered six runs on 14 hits.

CUA will return to action on Saturday, April 21 when the Cardinals play host to conference foe Scranton in a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.

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