WASHINGTON – Head Coach Bruce McConkey earned his 200th career win on Wednesday as CUA split with Washington College. The Cardinals took game one, 9-1 in five innings, but suffered a hard-fought defeat in game two, 7-6 in eight innings.
In game one, the Shorewomen got on the board first in the top of the 1st on an RBI double by Kylie Nottingham.
The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. With the bases loaded, Rose Shaver reaches first base on a fielder's choice and plated the first run, and Washington College walked in the second run.
Freshman Morgan Gieser scored the third run with a hard grounder to shortstop to give the Cardinals the advantage, 3-1.
CUA added one more run in the bottom of the 2nd on two hits. Mel Galella started things off with a single to shortstop and was later moved over to third on a double to right field by Taylor Stockinger. Shaver then brought around Galella on a grounder to shortstop.
Washington College had an opportunity to score in the top of the 4th with one runner on the bases, but the Cardinals' defense got three outs to end the inning.
The Cardinals won the game in the 5th inning after scoring five runs on five hits and three errors. With two runners on, Gieser reached first base on an error to score one and Courtney Burke's single to center field plated another.
Then, with the bases loaded, Amy Laughner walked to plate the runner from third and Shaver doubled down the left field line to score two to end the game in five innings.
Victoria Capozucca earned the win for the Cardinals after pitching five innings and giving up one earned run, while striking out three. Christine Anderson suffered the loss after 4.2 innings and allowing six earned runs.
The Cardinals got off to a great start in game two, scoring two runs in the bottom of the 2nd and two in the 3rd.
Washington College tied the game at four in the bottom of the 3rd. With two runners on, Susanne Patinella reached first base on a Cardinal error to bring around one and Hilary Rosenberg hit a three-run homer over the left field wall.
The Shorewomen took the lead in the 5th inning on Nottingham's homerun over the left field wall, but it didn't last long as CUA plated two in the bottom of the frame to put the score at 6-5.
Washington College tied the game again in the top of the 7th to force the game into extra innings.
In the 8th inning, Jennifer Hanner was placed on second base for Washington College and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Clare Hofstedt singled to the pitcher and a Cardinal throwing error allowed the eventual winning run to score.
In the bottom of the frame, the Shorewomen shutdown the Cardinals' offense to capture the win, 7-6.
Hofstedt captured the win for Washington College after five innings of action and not allowing any earned runs. Capozucca suffered the loss after one inning in the circle for CUA.
The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday, April 27 when they host Landmark Conference foe Moravian on Senior Day. The first game of the doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m.