SELINSGROVE, Pa – The Cardinals opened Landmark Conference play on Thursday afternoon with two losses to Susquehanna by scores of 7-6 and 3-0. Amy Laughner and Nina Curto both hit their first homeruns of the season, and Mel Galella went 2 for 3 in game two.
Laughner led the Cardinals off in game one with her first homerun of the season to give the Cardinals the lead.
Susquehanna took the lead in the second after scoring two runs. Madison Clark singled up the left side and advanced to second on a single by Lauren Gilbert. Both runners were brought around by Brianna Murphy's single to right field to give the Crusaders the lead, 2-1.
Alysa Cantalini added one more run in the bottom of the third for the Crusaders after hitting a massive triple and scoring on a wild pitch.
CUA answered with two runs in the fourth. Curto led things off with the Cardinals' second homerun of the day and Monica Peters singled to left field to plate Galella from third to tie the game at three.
The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs off three hits. Laughner started the inning off with a walk and was later plated on an RBI single by Curto. FreshmanChristy Sanchez delivered a single up the middle to score Curto and give CUA a 5-3 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, the Crusaders were able to score three runs, which came on a Clark two-run double and a bases loaded walk to Murphy, which plated the winning run.
Sarah Hoffman captured the win for the Crusaders after pitching one-third of an inning and giving up zero earned runs. Morgan Lewis pitched 6.2 innings for Susquehanna with six earned runs and one strikeout.
Tori Marcavage suffered the loss for the Cardinals after 6.2 innings in the circle with seven strikeouts and seven earned runs.
The Crusaders won the second game 3-0 after scoring three runs in the fourth inning.
Kathryn Gilbert tripled to right field and was plated by Clark's single to center. Clark was then brought around on a single by Brittany Devlin, and a Cardinal error allowed the third run of the game to score.
The Cardinals had an opportunity to score in the seventh after Galella doubled to left field with one out, but the Crusaders were able to shut down the next two batters to finish the game.
Kerri Apicella suffered the loss for CUA after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up three earned runs, while striking out four. Ashley Cole earned the win for the Crusaders after going 7.0 innings and giving up no runs.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Thursday, April 4 when they head to Maryland to battle Frostburg State. The first game of the doubleheader is slated for 3 p.m., with the second game immediately following.
CUA has also added an additional home date on Wednesday, April 24 against Washington College. The doubleheader with the Shorewomen is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.