Cardinals Fly Past Yellow Jackets
Ager has six RBI for the day
ASHLAND, Va.- The Catholic University softball squad overpowered the Randolph Macon Yellow Jackets (22-9) Wednesday afternoon in Virginia. The Cards won the first game 8-0 in six innings and managed to eke out a close 7-6 victory in the second. The Cardinals improve to 13-15 for the season with the pair of wins.
The Cardinal defense stayed tough in the first game allowing no more that four Yellow Jacket batters in each of the first four innings. The CUA bats also stepped up as the Cardinals went up 2-0 thanks to a pair of doubles in the second inning and some errors in the RMC circle in the third.
The one and two continued to struggle for the Yellow Jackets in the top of the fifth as a pair of walks and another series of wild pitches allowed Kelly Lukacs (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional) to score and Kat Ager (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) to move around the bases before crossing the plate thanks to a hit from Sophie Gage (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales). RMC could get nothing going in the bottom of the inning and CUA exploded in the sixth scoring four runs including a two-RBI single from Ager to get the 8-0 win.
Heather Holley (Owings, Md./Northern) and Gage each went 2-4 at the plate while Ager tallied a game-high two RBI. Elyse Papianni (Brielle, N.J./Manasquan) got the win pitching all six innings with two strikeouts.
The Yellow Jackets finally got some offense going to start the second game as they scored three quick runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. CUA managed two in the top of the third thanks to another two-run single from Ager but RMC countered going up 4-2 to end the inning.
The fourth inning proved to be the key for CUA as the Cards put together a five-run rally. Gage started it off with a double and things just improved from there. Katie Ann Trotta (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Dominic) and Rachel Baker (Riverdale, Md./Saint Vincent Pallotti) each crossed the plate on a Rachel Marrion (Los Altos, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) single. Holley and Marrion were then driven in by Ager for her third and fourth RBI of the contest.
CUA didn't score any more after the big inning but the defense did allow just two more runs to pull out the 7-6 victory. Holley was 3-4 in the game and Ager's four RBI led all batters. Stephanie Clemente (Warren, N.J./Immaculata) pitched the complete game in the circle and had four strikeouts.
The Cards will travel to Washington College on Friday for a doubleheader. Live stats are available on the schedule page of the website.