CUA closes out spring break with two more one-run wins
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CUA closed out its spring break trip with another sweep on Saturday, first taking down Mount Union 2-1, and then defeating Muskingum 5-4 in the nightcap. The Cardinals have now won five in a row and sit 6-4 overall.
After winning a pair of one-run games on Friday, CUA did it once again on Saturday, first defeating the Purple Raiders 2-1.
CUA scored both of its runs in the fourth, beginning with a Nina Curto solo homerun. Rose Shaver followed with a double, and Taylor Stockinger's two-out double plated the Cardinals' second run.
Mount Union scored an unearned run in the seventh, but CUA held on for its fourth straight win in Florida.
In the game's second day, the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the first when Tracey Scanlon's sacrifice fly brought home Taylor Stockinger.
The Muskies went in front with a pair of runs in the second when Aly Mazzei doubled in two of her teammates.
A Courtney Moyer single in the third brought in Muskingum's third run of the day, and Samantha Aguilar made it 4-1 Muskies when she doubled home Chelsea Kaunert in the fourth.
Down to its final six outs, CUA staged a dramatic four-run rally in the sixth. Sam Daubman got things going with a one out walk, and Mel Galella followed with a single.
Stockinger then doubled to right center to plate both runners and make it a one-run game.
Amy Laughner was next and her double to left center brought home Stockinger to tie things up at four.
One batter later, Erin McMakin singled right back up the middle to drive in Laughner for the eventual game-winning run.
In the top of the seventh, Kerri Apicella hit the first batter, and then got a ground out. McMakin took over from there, and retired the next two Muskies to seal the win for CUA.
Apicella allowed four runs in 6.1 innings of work to earn the win, before McMakin recorded the last two outs to earn the save.
Ashley Gilbert suffered the loss for Muskingum after she allowed two hits and one run in two-thirds of an inning.
On Thursday, CUA opens its 2012 home schedule when the Cardinals welcome Stevenson to town. The first pitch of game one is set for 3 p.m.