WASHINGTON – CUA saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Saturday after the Cardinals dropped a pair of games to No. 7 Salisbury. CUA lost game one 4-0, before trying to rally for a game two win, but ultimately came up short 3-2.
Both teams had trouble getting their bats going in game one until Salisbury got on the board in the 5th. With two outs, Harley Hill doubled to right field to get the Seagulls going. Sarah Alpaugh then plated Hill from second base on a single to center field.
The Seagulls added three more runs in the 6th on three hits. With the bases loaded, Hill hit a two-run single down the left field line, and Michelle Gravdahl drove in the last run of the game with a single to right field to give Salisbury the win, 4-0.
Rachel Johnson earned the win for the Seagulls after pitching seven innings and striking out 17. Victoria Capozucca suffered the loss for the Cardinals after pitching 5.2 strong innings and striking out four.
In game two, the Seagulls struck first, scoring once in the 2nd. Carly Read singled to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Angelia McDowell. Hill then hit a massive double to the center field wall to bring around Read.
The Cardinals tied the game at one in the bottom of the frame. Rose Shaver started things off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a single by Nina Curto. Freshman Erin Lockwood then plated Shaver on a single down the right field line.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 4th when Lindsay McCabe singled to center field and was brought around on a single by Hill.
In the 5th, Salisbury's Katie Sebbane singled to left field to plate Gravdahl from second base to increase the Seagulls' lead to 3-1.
The Cardinals rallied in the bottom of the 7th, scoring one run on a hard grounder by Tori Marcavage, but the damage was done, and the Seagulls won the game, 3-2.
Johnson earned her second win of the day after four innings of action with four strike outs and one earned run.
Capozucca suffered the loss for CUA after going 6.2 innings and giving up three earned runs.
CUA will be back in action on Saturday, April 20 when the Cardinals hit the road to face Landmark Conference foe Scranton. First game of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.