Cardinals advance to Landmark Conference championship

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Strong pitching and offense lead the Cardinals to a 7-1 win over Moravian, and a 3-0 win over Susquehanna in day one of the 2013 Landmark Conference Tournament. In game one, Nina Curto and Tori Marcavage earned a total of seven RBIs and Christy Sanchez went 3-for-4 in game two.

With the bases load in the 1st inning of game one, Curto hit a massive three RBI double to the left center wall to give CUA the lead, 3-0.

CUA added one more run in the top of the 2nd. With two outs, Sanchez singled to center field and advanced to third on a single by Curto.  Then another single to center field by Tori Marcavage plated Sanchez.

In the 4th, the Cardinals increased their lead 7-0 after scoring three more runs on two hits. Amy Laughner led the inning off with a single to right center and advanced to second on a hard grounder from Taylor Stockinger. Moravian then walked two batters and Curto was hit by a pitch to plate Laughner from third. Marcavage's single up the middle brought around two more runs for the Cardinals.

The Greyhounds finally got on the board in the 6th after scoring one run on Cassie Ernst's single down the right field line.

The Cardinals had two runners on in the top of the 7th after Laughner reached first base on a fielding error and Mel Galella singled down the left side, but CUA was unable to score.

In the bottom of the frame, Shannen Mohr reached on a fielding error by the Cardinals, but CUA regrouped and shutdown Moravian to win the game, 7-1.

Victoria Capozucca earned her eighth win of the season for the Cardinals after pitching seven innings and striking out four. Elizabeth Tillou suffered the loss for the Greyhounds after 2.2 innings of action and giving up one earned run.

Game two started off much like the first with the Cardinals taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning.  Galella reached first base on a fielder's choice and was brought around by a single up the left side by Sanchez.

CUA plated one more run in the top of the 3rd. Stockinger lead things off with a single to right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rose Shaver. Curto then reached first on a Susquehanna throwing error and Stockinger was able to score to increase the Cardinals' lead, 2-0.

With one out, the Crusaders had an opportunity to score in the bottom of the 6th with a pair of singles, but the CUA outfield snagged two fly balls to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th, the Cardinals plated one run on a pair of doubles by Sanchez and Curto to increase the Cardinals' lead 3-0.

Kerri Apicella earned the win for the Cardinals after pitching all seven innings and giving up zero runs, while striking out seven. Sarah Hoffman suffered the loss for Susquehanna after seven innings and giving up three earned runs.

CUA will be back in action tomorrow, May 3 in the Landmark Conference championship. Game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on the campus of Susquehanna. 

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