Cardinals Split with Susquehanna
CUA is 1-3 on the weekend
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University softball squad went 1-3 for the past weekend after a pair of losses to the York Spartans (11-11, 2-2 Capital Athletic Conference) and a split with the Susquehanna Crusaders (10-4). CUA dropped the two games on Saturday 10-2 and 12-2 as well as the first on Sunday 3-2 in eight innings. CUA rebounded with a 5-2 win in the second game to improve to 11-13 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.
Big innings proved to be CUA's downfall on Saturday as the Cards played York even in both games with the exception of one bad inning. In the first, the Cardinals were up 1-0 in the top of the third but gave up eight runs in the bottom of the stanza. After that York scored just two more for the game but CUA would only muster a score in the fourth off of a home run by Kerry Convery making the final 10-2. Rachel Baker (Riverdale, Md./Saint Vincent Pallotti) led the squad going 2-3 at the plate.
In the second game the Cards started out with the lead for the second time in the afternoon thanks to a two-run homer by Kelly Lukacs (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional) in the top of the first. However from that point on it was all York as the Spartans rallied for eight runs in the second and three more in the fourth to end the game in a quick five innings. After the big first inning the Cards managed just one more hit for the game and at the end of five it was 12-2.
As rain threatened all day on Sunday, the Cardinals regrouped for a contest with Susquehanna. The first game was scoreless until the fifth inning when the Crusaders scored on an error. A double by Heather Holley (Owings, Md./Northern) in the sixth brought Lukacs home to tie it up and eventually send it into extra innings. With a runner on second due to the tiebreaker rules, the Crusaders managed to get two players home in the top of the inning. CUA could only respond with one run during its at bat and fell 3-2.
In the second game Susquehanna scored first with two runs in the top of the fourth but CUA would have the final say as they rallied to tie it up in the bottom of the inning thanks to a long single from Lukacs. The Cardinals sealed the victory in the sixth with a double from Lukacs and a homer from Holley driving in three runs making the final 5-2. Lukacs led the way for CUA going 2-4 from the plate and tallying three RBI. Stephanie Clemente (Warren, N.J./Immaculata) recorded the win in the circle pitching the complete game and striking out 11 batters.
The Cards will have a day off before hosting the Salisbury Sea Gulls on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.