CUA ends spring break trip with 7-3 record

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CUA ended its spring break trip with a loss to Webster, 2-1, and a big win over Roger Williams, 11-3. The Cardinals leave the Rebel Spring Games with a 7-3 record.

In game one, the Gorloks' Rachel Franck earned the win after pitching all seven innings and only giving up one hit and zero earned runs while striking out four. Tori Marcavage suffered the loss after going 6.2 innings and giving up two runs, but striking out nine along the way.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning when the Cardinals took the lead 1-0. Christy Sanchez started the inning off with a walk and Monica Peters reached on a fielder's choice to third base. A Webster throwing error then allowed Sanchez to score.

In the final inning, the Gorloks' Aly Watson doubled to center field to score two and ended the game in dramatic walk-off fashion over the Cardinals, 2-1.

In game two, CUA was led by Nina Curto, who went three-for-three at the plate with three RBIs. Taylor Stockinger went two-for-three with two RBIs, and Marcavage plated two.

The Cardinals wasted little time scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Amy Laughner led off with a single to left field and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by Rose Shaver.

Stockinger continued her hitting streak with an RBI single to center field to score Laughner. Curto then doubled to move Stockinger to third and both Cards scored off a single by Marcavage to give CUA the lead, 3-0.

CUA added two more runs in both the second and third innings to go up 7-0.

The Hawks were able to get on the board in the fourth after scoring one run. Caroline Atkinson singled to shortstop to start the inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Veronica Alicea then singled to left to score Roger Williams' first run of the game.

The Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Shaver singled and was relieved by pinch runner Jill Zic. Stockinger then hit a massive double to left field to advance Zic to third. Another double by Curto scored both runners, and the third run of the frame came around off a wild pitch to give the Cardinals a 10-1 lead.

The Hawks added two runs in the fifth off one hit and one CUA error, but the Cardinals scored their 11th run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to win the game.

Victoria Capozucca got the win for the Cardinals after pitching four innings and only giving up one run while striking out three. She was relieved by freshman Kim Giurlando, who pitched one inning and struck out two.

Tori Milano suffered the loss for the Hawks after pitching three innings and giving up eight earned runs.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Friday, March 15 when they travel to Virginia to battle against Randolph-Macon in a double header match-up. The first game is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. with the second game immediately following.

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