March 15, 2012

Cardinals split home opener with Stevenson

WASHINGTON – Playing its home opener on Thursday, CUA split a doubleheader vs. the Stevenson Mustangs.  The Cardinals took game one 4-0 before falling 9-0 in five innings in the nightcap.  Erin McMakin was the star of game one, after allowing just two hits in seven innings, while striking out five.

In game one, CUA threatened in the bottom of the first when the Cardinals put two runners on with two outs, but Amy Laughner was thrown out trying to score on a single, and the game remained scoreless.

The Cardinals got on the board for the first time in the second when Sam Daubman singled home Nina Curto to give CUA a 1-0 advantage.

CUA then put the finishing touches on the win with a three-run fifth inning.  Mel Galella got things going with a double to left field, and she came home on a Taylor Stockinger double.

With one out, McMakin laced a single to plate two more runs and give CUA a 4-0 advantage.

McMakin did the rest from there, retiring the final six Stevenson batters in order.

Briana Pichalski suffered the loss for the Mustangs after giving up nine hits and four runs in five innings.

In the day's second game, CUA again threatened in the first when Stockinger led off with a single and moved down to second on a wild pitch.  Megan Rizzi lined a one out single to center field, but Stockinger was forced to hold at third.  The next two Cardinals were then retired, keeping the score 0-0.

The Mustangs struck for five runs in the top of the third to open up a 5-0 lead.

Stephanie Ayers notched an RBI double and Lindsay Kuczak drove in two runs with a single, and the other two runs came home by virtue of a CUA error and a walk.

Stevenson then added four more runs in the fifth to go in front by nine.  Katie Diller delivered an RBI double, Rebecca Biddle roped a two-run triple and Brittany King's single scored Kristin Baione.

CUA had one final chance to cut into the lead, but the Cardinals were unable to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth.

Diller earned the win for the Mustangs after allowing only three hits in five innings, while CUA's Kerri Apicella suffered the loss after she allowed six earned runs on six hits in 4.2 innings.

CUA returns to action on Sunday when the Cardinals head across town to face Gallaudet in a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.  CUA was originally scheduled to begin Landmark Conference play against Merchant Marine Academy this weekend, but that doubleheader has been moved to Sunday, March 25.  The games were supposed to be played in New York, but will now be played in Washington on CUA's campus.

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