CUA to play for ECAC title after winning two on Saturday
SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA will play for the ECAC South championship on Sunday after the Cardinals swept a pair of games on Saturday. CUA took down Neumann 4-3 in game one on Mel Galella's walk-off single, and in the nightcap, the Cardinals defeated Penn State Altoona 4-2.
Penn State-Altoona jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game, but CUA answered with a run in its half of the first to pull within one. Taylor Stockinger hit her school record 10th home run of the season to lead off the inning for the Cardinals.
In the third, CUA took its first lead of the game by pushing two runs across. Galella walked to lead off and then came home on Nina Curto's double. Erin McMakin was next and her single to center put runners on the corners. Curto was then allowed to score after an illegal pitch was called.
Allie Cain's two-out single in the sixth brought Danielle Nichols home and gave CUA an insurance run heading into the final inning.
Kerri Apicella hit one batter in the seventh, but retired the other three to send the Cardinals into the championship round.
Apicella went all seven innings, struck out two and allowed only two runs to earn the win for CUA, while Stugart was dealt the loss after she surrendered four earned runs on 10 hits in six innings.
In game number-one, McMakin was terrific in the circle for CUA, striking out 14 and allowing only two earned runs in seven innings of work to earn the win. Rachel Purpuro suffered the defeat after she allowed two earned runs on seven hits for Neumann.
Neumann went in front with a run in the top of the first when Jacki Herrington singled home Allie White.
CUA scored twice in the second inning to grab its first lead of the day. Curto led things off with a double and then came home on McMakin's double for the Cards' first run. A Knights error with two outs allowed McMakin to score, putting CUA on top.
Neumann came right back with a run in the third to tie the game, with Herrington notching her second RBI.
In the sixth, Curto led off with a triple, and this time McMakin drove her in with a sac fly.
That run put CUA in front, but Neumann again answered with a run of its own, with Becca Reinhart's single bringing home White.
With the score tied once again, Monica Peters got the Cardinals started with a single to left in the bottom of the seventh. A sac bunt by Cain moved Peters down to second, and Stockinger followed with a walk.
Amy Laughner was next and she reached on an error, which loaded the bases for Galella, who delivered the game winning hit.
CUA will now take on the winner of Penn State Altoona and Neumann on Sunday at noon. If CUA wins that game, it will be the 2012 ECAC champion. Should the Cardinals lose , they will play a winner take-all rematch immediately following.