CUA falls to Crusaders in game two, ending Cardinals title hopes

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – After earning a 5-1 victory in its first game to eliminate Scranton on Saturday, CUA was blanked 5-0 by Susquehanna in game number-two, sending the Cardinals home from the tournament.  Erin McMakin was terrific in game one for the Cards, throwing a complete game, four-hitter, while striking out nine.

For the second straight day, CUA had trouble getting its bats going against Susquehanna.  The Cardinals were only able to muster five hits vs. the Crusaders, after totaling just six on Friday.  CUA also failed to score a run in either game.

On Saturday, Susquehanna struck for three runs in the first inning to open up an early lead.  Brianna Murphy led things off with a triple and then came home on Stephanie Chlebove's bunt.

A wild pitch then allowed Lisa Finizio to score and Kathryn Gilbert tripled in Brittany Devlin for the third run.

The Crusaders added another run in the third when Bridget Rafter's single plated Finizio, and after Gilbert drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth, CUA found itself down five.

CUA put the leadoff hitter on in the fifth, but the next three Cardinals went down in order.

In the sixth, Tracey Scanlon reached on an infield single with one out and then moved down to second on a wild pitch.  That was as far as she got though, ending CUA's hopes for a run.

In the seventh, McMakin stroked a two-out single, but Rose Shaver flew out to center to end the game.

Kerri Apicella was dealt the loss for CUA after she allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings, while Allison Cullen was the victorious pitcher, after she allowed only three hits in five innings.

In the day's first game, Scranton struck first with a single run in the bottom of the second, when Tia Dimou doubled home Ashley Vosilla.

CUA came right back with two runs in the top of the third, which gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish.  A Royals error allowed Taylor Stockinger and Megan Rizzi to come home, giving CUA a 2-1 advantage.

Two more Cardinals crossed in the fourth to up the lead to 4-1.  Sam Daubman singled in Melissa Rebechi and Scanlon's sac fly to left field plated Daubman for the two CUA runs.

In the fifth, CUA added an insurance run when Amy Laughner scored on a Scranton wild pitch.

McMakin did the rest from there, shutting down the Royals offense to send Scranton home from the tournament.  McMakin went all seven innings in the circle, striking out nine and allowing only four hits to help CUA advance in the tourney.

Catherine Galvin took the loss for the Royals after allowing three runs on four hits and walking eight in 4.2 innings.

CUA will now wait to see if it is selected for the 2012 ECAC Tournament.  The announcement will be made on Monday, May 7 and the tournament gets underway two days later.

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