Cardinals outlast Eagles to pick up two more wins

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Cardinals swept Mary Washington on Wednesday, beating the Eagles 2-1 in game one, and 5-3 in the nightcap. Victoria Capozucca struck out seven batters in game one, while only allowing three hits and one earned run. In game two, Christy Sanchez went 4-for-4 with one RBI.

In game one, the Cardinals started off strong with two singles in the top of the 1st, but the Eagles were able to get three outs to end the frame.

CUA scored the two winning runs in the 3rd. Rose Shaver started the rally with a single to center field and advanced to second on a single to left center by Taylor Stockinger. Both runners advanced on a grounder by Mel Galella, and an Eagles error allowed both to score to give the Cardinals the lead.

Mary Washington got on the board in the bottom of the 4th. Brandee Adams hit a massive leadoff triple to the center field wall and was plated by a single from Brittany Scites. 

The Cardinals were able to shut down the Eagles in the next three at bats however, to win the game, 2-1.

Capozucca went seven innings in the circle for CUA and only gave up three hits and one run, while striking out seven. Hannah Otterman suffered the loss for the Eagles after pitching seven innings and giving up one earned run and six hits.

Just like the first game, CUA started off strong in the nightcap, with two hits in the top of the 1st, but with two runners on, the Eagles retired three to end the frame.

CUA scored first in the 2nd inning on just one hit. Nina Curto reached first base on a walk and was later plated by Erin Lockwood's hard infield grounder.

The Cardinals continued to dominate at the plate, scoring three runs in the 3rd. With two runners on, Curto singled to right center to score two, and Sanchez hit a rope down the right field line to score the third run.

In the 5th, CUA added one more run on Lockwood's single to center field to give the Cardinals the lead, 4-0.

The Eagles finally got on the board in the bottom of the 5th. Stefannie Asselanis led the inning off with a single down the left field line and was brought around by a single to left field by Bireet Chitty. Scites then singled up the middle to score the Eagles' second run of the inning.

The Eagles added one more run in the bottom of the 7th, before the Cardinals' defense kicked into high gear to retire three and win the game, 5-3.

Kerri Apicella earned the win for the Cardinals after four innings of action, which included striking out three batters. Annie Blaine suffered the loss for the Eagles after pitching seven innings and giving up five earned runs.   

The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday, April 13 when they host No. 7 Salisbury for a doubleheader match-up. The first game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., with the second game immediately following. 

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