April 21, 2012

CUA rebounds from tough game one loss to earn split with Royals

WASHINGTON – After dropping a tough 1-0 decision to Scranton on Saturday in a conference doubleheader, CUA regrouped and defeated the Royals 10-3 in the nightcap.  The win is the 175th for CUA Head Coach Bruce McConkey and improves the Cardinals to 18-12 overall and 5-3 in the Landmark Conference.

Game one was a good-old fashioned pitcher's duel with the two teams combining for only seven hits and a single run.  Scranton's Christine Capalbo picked up the win after striking out two and allowing four hits in seven innings, while CUA's Kerri Apicella suffered the loss after going seven innings, and surrendering one run on three hits.

The Royals scored the game's lone run in the sixth when Jamie Shackles singled home Kelly Zaccheo with one out.

The Cardinals had a chance to get on the board in the second when Nina Curto doubled to lead things off and then moved over to third on a sac bunt.  The next two batters were retired in order though, and the game remained scoreless.

In the fifth, Erin McMakin singled with one out and was then removed for pinch runner Melissa Rebechi.  A two out walk to Sam Daubman put runners on first and second, but Taylor Stockinger flew out to right field to end the inning.

Down to its final three outs, CUA again had a chance in the seventh when McMakin laced a two-out single to right and was then lifted for pinch runner Danielle Nichols.  Pinch hitter Allie Cain was then hit by a pitch, which brought up Daubman.

The senior second baseman delivered a single to center field, but Nichols was gunned down on a bang-bang play at the plate, ending the game and sending Scranton to the win.

In game two, Scranton went in front 3-0 with a run in the second, and two more in the third, but CUA came back with two runs in the third to get within one.

With a runner on and one out in that third inning, Mel Galella singled to center.  With two outs, Rose Shaver plated both runners with a single to left.

The Cardinals grabbed their first lead of the day in the fourth when Stockinger blasted a two-run homer to center field, and they added a single run in the fifth to make it 5-3.

CUA then broke things wide open with a five-run sixth, which begin with Stockinger getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. Tracey Scanlon was then hit by a pitch as well and after Megan Rizzi walked, the bases were loaded.

Galella brought home two runs with a single to left and Rizzi came home on a Royals error.  Shaver completed the scoring for CUA with a two-run double to right.

McMakin was the game two winner for CUA after going 5.2 innings, striking out one and allowing two earned runs, while Samantha Boccolini suffered the loss after she gave up four runs on seven hits.

On Sunday, CUA will play host to Gwynedd-Mercy at CUA Softball Field in a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 1:30 p.m.

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