WINCHESTER, Va. – CUA dropped two games to Shenandoah on Tuesday. The Hornets took game one 6-2 before earning a 6-5 win in game two. Following Tuesday's action, CUA sits at 16-14 overall.
The Cardinals got off to a great start in game one, scoring one run in the 1st inning. Mel Galella started things off with a single up the middle and was later plated when Nina Curto reached first base on a walk.
The Hornets took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd after scoring three runs on three hits. With the bases loaded Emily Wilson singled to right field to plate one, and with two outs, Brittany Guepe singled through the left side to score the second run. CUA then walked in the third run of the inning.
Shenandoah hit three singles in the 3rd to add one more run to the board and increase its lead to 4-1.
The Cardinals spilt the Hornets lead in half in the top of the 4th after two fielding errors and a line drive up the middle from Taylor Stockinger.
In the bottom of the frame, the Hornets were able to score two more runs on three hits.
CUA had a chance to win the game in the 5th with the bases loaded, but the Hornets' defense got three outs to end the game.
Tori Marcavage suffered the loss for the Cardinals after five innings of action, two earned runs, and four strikeouts in the circle. Jordan Wolford earned the win for the Hornets after pitching 3.2 innings and giving up zero earned runs, while striking out two.
The Hornets struck first in game two with one run in the bottom of the 1st.
The Cardinals got on the board in the 4th with two runs. With the bases loaded, Curto hit a massive two-run single down the left field line to give CUA the lead, 2-1.
The Hornets scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead, 6-2. Heather Sink got things rolling with a triple to the center field wall and was able to score on a wild pitch. Then the Hornets hit four singles to plate the second run, and a bases loaded triple by Denise Mitchell brought around three more.
Curto's single to center field added one run to the board for the Cardinals in the 6th.
The Cardinals plated two in the bottom of the 7th, but the damage was done and the Hornets got the win, 6-5.
Kerri Apicella suffered the loss after 3.1 innings of action and allowing five earned runs. Stephanie Cameron earned the win for Shenandoah after seven innings in the circle, with seven K's.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Wednesday when they host Washington College for a doubleheader match-up. The first game is slated for 3:30 p.m.