March 27, 2012

CUA falls at No. 18 Salisbury, win streak snapped at six

SALISBURY, Md. – CUA saw its six-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday after the Cardinals dropped a pair of games to No. 18 Salisbury.  CUA tried to rally for a game one win but came up short in a 5-3 decision, while in the nightcap the Sea Gulls earned a 12-7 win.

In game one, CUA had trouble getting its bats going until the sixth inning when the Cardinals struck for three runs.  CUA was unable to get any closer though, falling 5-3 to the Sea Gulls.

Salisbury pushed three runs across in the second to take a 3-0 lead on CUA.  A Cardinals error allowed the first run to score, a hit batter forced in the second and Erika Brittingham's sac fly drove home the third.

The Sea Gulls then added single runs in the third and fifth to open up a 5-0 lead on the Cardinals, but CUA did not go away quietly.

Sam Daubman drew a one-out walk in the sixth for CUA and freshman sensation Amy Laughner, who came into the game fourth in America in batting average (.518), followed with a two-run bomb to left field to make it 5-2.  Taylor Stockinger was next and she drilled a round tripper of her own to center field to bring the Cardinals within two.

Mel Galella then singled, but the Sea Gulls were able to retire the next two batters to end the CUA rally.

Outside of a one-out walk, the Cardinals were unable to get anything going in the seventh, sending Salisbury to the two-run win.

Brittingham was the winning pitcher, after going all seven innings, striking out 10 and allowing four hits.  Kerri Apicella suffered the loss for CUA, after allowing two earned runs on six hits in 6.0 innings.

Salisbury took an early lead in game two with a pair of runs in the first inning, but CUA stormed right back with three runs in the top of the second. 

Nina Curto got the Cardinals going with a lead-off single and Rose Shaver bunted her down to second.  Daubman then walked and Laughner singled home Curto for CUA's first run.

Two batters later, Galella stroked a single to center that plated Laughner and Daubman and gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Salisbury came right back and tied things at three with a single run in its half of the second, but CUA went back in front with a Stockinger home run and Tracey Scanlon RBI single in the fifth.

The teams continued to go back-and-forth with the Sea Gulls grabbing a 6-5 lead with three runs in the fifth, and Salisbury never gave the lead back, scoring six more times in the sixth to seal the win.

Erin McMakin was dealt the loss for CUA after she surrendered four earned runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, while Rachel Johnson earned the win for Salisbury after going 3.1 innings and striking out five.

CUA will be back in action on Saturday, March 31 when the Cardinals play host to conference foe Susquehanna in a doubleheader.   First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.  

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