WASHINGTON – The Cardinals picked up two Landmark Conference wins on Saturday as CUA shutout Drew 5-0 in game one and won 4-2 in the second game. Freshman Christy Sanchez went 3-for-5 with three RBIs on the day, while Tori Marcavage went 2-for-2 with three RBIs in game two.
In game one, the Cardinals got on the board first in the bottom of the 1st inning. Taylor Stockinger plated Rose Shaver from second on a single to the center field wall to give the Cardinals the lead.
In the second inning, the Rangers had an opportunity to score with two runners on, but the Cardinals retired three to end the frame.
CUA added one more run in the 4th. Mel Galella lead things off with a single to center field and was able to advance to second on a wild pitch. Sanchez's single to right center plated Galella and the Cardinals increased their lead to 2-0.
With the bases load in the 5th, Sanchez was hit by a pitch, which allowed Stockinger to score from third. Freshman Erin Lockwood hit a long sacrifice fly to right field to bring around Nina Curto to put the score in favor of the Cardinals, 4-0.
CUA scored the last run of the game in the bottom of the 6th. Amy Laughner walked and advanced to second on a single by Shaver. Stockinger then walked to put Laughner at third. Curto hit a hard groundball to shortstop and was out on the play, but Laughner was able to score.
With one out in the top of the 7th, Antoinette Tovar doubled to center field to keep the Rangers alive, but the damage was done and the Cardinals got three outs to win their first Landmark Conference game of the season.
Kerri Apicella earned the shutout for the Cardinals after pitching seven innings and striking out four. Laura D'Ornellas suffered the loss for the Rangers after giving up five earned runs in six innings of action.
The first three innings of the second game were scoreless as both teams were flawless in the field.
The Cardinals scored first in the bottom of the 4th inning. Galella led the inning off with a single to left field and moved to second as Sanchez reached on a Drew error. Both runners were able to advance on a wild pitch and Marcavage's single to shortstop plated Galella to give the Cardinals the lead, 1-0.
CUA added three more runs in the 5th on four hits. Sanchez's single to left field plated Stockinger from second base and Marcavage doubled to center field to bring in two more runs.
The Rangers fought back in the top of the 6th, scoring two runs to cut the Cardinals' lead in half. Rebecca Hutsebaut reached first on a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Kate McNamara singled up the middle to move the runner to third and Helen Mustafa reached on a fielder's choice to score the run.
Casey Reggiani then singled to center field to score the second run of the inning.
CUA was unable to score in the bottom of the frame with one runner on, but the Cardinals stopped the Rangers from scoring in the 7th to win the game, 4-2.
Marcavage earned the win for the Cardinals after pitching 5.1 innings and only giving up two earned runs, while striking out three. Reggiani suffered the loss for Drew after six innings of action and giving up four earned runs.
The Cardinals will be back in action tomorrow, April 7th, when they travel to Pennsylvania to face Landmark Conference rival Juniata. The doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.