Offense in high gear as CUA sweeps doubleheader at home

WASHINGTON – CUA got its offense in gear on Sunday, sweeping Gallaudet in a doubleheader by scores of 8-1 and 14-3. Mel Galella went 5 for 5 in the two games with two RBIs, while Tori Marcavage struck out nine batters in game one for the Cardinals.

In game one, the Bison scored their only run of the game in the first inning. With one out, Kara Gulvas got things going with a single to right field and advanced to second off a single by Alicia Johns. Gulvas was then plated by Rachel Sweigart's single to right field to go up 1-0. The Cardinals were able to retire two to end the frame.

CUA got on the board in the bottom of the second. Galella led the inning off with a massive double to left field and later advanced to third. Courtney Burke's sacrifice fly plated Galella to tie the game at one.  

The Cardinals added three more runs in the third to take the lead, 4-1. Amy Laughner walked and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt from Rose Shaver. Taylor Stockinger then doubled to center field to score Laughner, and Galella brought around Stockinger with an RBI single.

In the bottom of the sixth, CUA scored four more runs to take complete control of things. Marcavage and Burke doubled in two runs, Monica Peter drove in one with a single, and a third double from Shaver plated the final run to give the Cardinals the win, 8-1.

Sweigart suffered the loss for the Bison after pitching six innings and giving up eight earned runs. Marcavage earned the win for the Cardinals after pitching seven innings and striking out nine batters, while only giving up one run.

The second game started off much like the first, with the Bison scoring two runs in the top of the first after a big Cardinal error to give Gallaudeta 2-0 lead.

CUA got the runs right back in the bottom of the frame, scoring twice to tie things at two.

In the second inning, the Cardinals scored seven runs to give them a 9-2 advantage. Freshman Erin Lockwood tripled to right field and scored on a bunt single by Peters. Shaver would later double to score two, and Nine Curto's RBI single scored the fourth run.

Curto later scored on a wild pitch. Jill Zic tallied two RBIs on a single to right field to score the seventh run of the frame.

In the third, the Cardinals pushed two more across. Laughner walked and was plated on a single from Stockinger, who was later brought around by an RBI double from Galella.

Gallaudet was able to add one more run in the fourth, but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to end the game in five innings, 14-3.

Kerri Apicella captured the win for the Cardinals after pitching three innings and striking out three. She was relieved by Victoria Capozucca, who finished the game with two strikeouts and one earned run. Montana Murphy suffered the loss after allowing 12 earned runs in four innings.

The Cardinals will be back in action on Thursday, March 28 when they play Landmark Conference foe Susquehanna on the road. 

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