McMakin's arm, Stockinger's bat carry Cardinals to sweep

WASHINGTON – CUA ran its winning streak to four straight after the Cardinals swept two games vs. Randolph-Macon on Thursday afternoon.  CUA won the first game 4-1 behind a no-hitter from Erin McMakin and in the nightcap the Cardinals earned a dramatic 8-7 win in eight innings.

In addition to McMakin's terrific pitching, Taylor Stockinger was nearly unstoppable at the plate, going a combined 6 for 9 in the two games with seven RBI.

In the day's first game, McMakin was dominant in the circle, throwing her second career no-hitter, while striking out eight in seven innings.  She walked just a single batter and allowed one run.

CUA got on the board for the first time in the third inning, beginning with back-to-back singles by Amy Laughner and Stockinger.  Mel Galella then bunted the two Cardinals over a base, bringing up Megan Rizzi.  Rizzi singled home Laughner and CUA was in front 1-0.

Randolph-Macon tied things at one with a single run in the sixth, but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom half to take a 4-1 lead. 

CUA got things started when Sam Daubman singled.  With two outs, Laughner reached on a Yellow Jackets error and Stockinger then drilled a three-run homerun to center field to open up a three-run lead for the Cardinals.

McMakin retired the side in order in the seventh and CUA had taken game number-one.

Heather Lewis suffered the loss for Randolph-Macon, after she allowed four runs in six innings, while striking out four.

In the day's second game CUA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning.  Rose Shaver singled to center with one out and Daubman followed with a walk.

Laughner then reached on an error to load the bases.  That brought up Stockinger, who crushed a double to center to plate two runs.  Galella followed with an RBI single to make it 3-0 and Rizzi drove in a run of her own with yet another CUA single.

Randolph-Macon cut it to a three-run lead with a single run in the third, and the Yellow Jackets pulled to within 4-3 in the fifth with two more runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, CUA pushed one run across when Laughner's fielder's choice plated Allie Cain.

The Yellow Jackets made it a 5-4 game in the sixth with a single run, and in the seventh, they went in front 7-5 with three runs.  Michalann Camp and Carolyn Gilbertson singled in runs, while Camp scored on a wild pitch to give the visitors a two-run lead.

CUA was far from finished, and forced extra innings with two runs in its half of the seventh.  Daubman drew a two-out walk to get the rally started and Laughner followed with a single back up the middle.

Stockinger was next and she delivered yet again, this time smashing a double to center field to tie the game and sending the Cardinals dugout into a wild celebration.

CUA easily retired the Yellow Jackets in the eighth and in the bottom half, the Cardinals won it.  Galella was placed on second to begin the frame and that brought up Rizzi.  The senior shortstop put down a bunt and Randolph-Macon wound up throwing the ball away, which allowed Galella to come home for the winning run.

Kerri Apicella got the start for CUA and went 5.0 innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs in that time, before giving way to McMakin, who earned the win after going 3.0 innings and allowing three earned runs.

Lewis again took the loss for the Yellow Jackets after she surrendered one run in one-third of an inning.
 
Up next for CUA is a big weekend of Landmark Conference action.  On Saturday, the Cardinals host Juniata in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m., while on Sunday, CUA welcomes Merchant Marine Academy for another 1:00 doubleheader.

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