March 31, 2012

Cardinals drop doubleheader to Susquehanna

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals dropped a doubleheader to Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon, falling 7-6 in the opener and 8-5 in the second game.  The Crusaders rode five first run innings to the game one win, and in game two the Cardinals had a seventh-inning rally ended with two runners on.

In game one, Susquehanna jumped out to a big lead early, with five runs in the first.  Kathryn Gilbert singled in two Crusaders, while Madison Clark brought home a pair of teammates with a double.

Megan Rizzi hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first to make it a four-run lead for Susquehanna, and the Cardinals got within one with three more runs in the second.

Nina Curto walked to start things off and moved down to second on an Erin McMakin ground out.  Rose Shaver then singled home Curto, and two batters later Amy Laughner doubled in Shaver and Sam Daubman.

Susquehanna upped its lead to 7-4 with a pair of runs in the fourth, which came on a Lisa Finizio two-run double, but CUA battled back and plated two runs of its own in the fifth to again get within one.

Mel Galella delivered the big blow with a two-run homer that also scored Rizzi.   That unfortunately turned out to be CUA’s final runs though, with the Cardinals unable to score in the sixth or seventh.

The Crusaders' Sarah Hoffman earned the win in the circle by going 3.0 innings and allowing four runs, with Allison Cullen earning the save after a 4.0 inning relief performance.

Kerri Apicella was dealt the loss for CUA after she surrendered two runs on four hits.

In game number-two, CUA went in front when Galella doubled in Tracey Scanlon in the first, but Susquehanna responded with two runs in the second to take the lead.

CUA came right back and tied the game at two with a single run in its half of the second, which came on Rizzi’s RBI single.

The Crusaders grabbed the lead back with a single run in the fourth, and five more in the fifth put the visitors on top 8-2.

The Cardinals continued to hang on and cut the deficit in half with three runs in the sixth.  Laughner doubled to lead things off and Taylor Stockinger followed with a single.  Scanlon then knocked in Laughner with a double and Rizzi brought in Stockinger with a single.

Later in the inning, Curto’s sac fly to centerfield scored Scanlon and the Cards were down by just three.

CUA gave it one final try in the seventh, with Daubman reaching on an error and Stockinger registering a one-out single.  A Scanlon fielder’s choice left CUA with only one out and Rizzi popped out to short to end it.

Despite giving up 16 hits in seven innings, Morgan Lewis earned the win for Susquehanna, while Apicella took the game two loss after surrendering eight runs on 12 hits.

CUA closes out its weekend on Sunday when the Cardinals welcome Shenandoah to Washington for a doubleheader.  Start time of game one is set for 1 p.m.

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