Softball Falls in Championship Game
Cards lose to Salisbury after beating York twice in two days
SALISBURY, Md.- After splitting on the first day of Capital Athletic Conference play, the Catholic University softball squad (17-17) did it once again just missing out on an opportunity for a conference championship. CUA beat York 4-3 in the first game before dropping a 12-11 decision to Salisbury in nine innings.
In the first game, neither team managed a run until the sixth inning when Kat Ager and Kerry Convery put together two hits to bring in a pair of runs and go ahead 2-0. In the top of the seventh York scored three runs to take the lead after a three-run homer from the top of the order. With their backs against the wall, the Cards put their first two runners on before Rachel Marrion came up and nailed one to the outfield scoring both runners and getting the 4-3 win.
Heather Holley was 2-3 with one run scored for CUA and Marrion led with a pair of runs batted in. Elyse Papianni got the win pitching the complete game with four strikeouts. The Cards outhit the Spartans 8-6.
After one comeback win, the second game was even more exciting as the Cards and Sea Gulls battled it out for the second time in two days but this time for a championship. Both teams scored two runs in the first and went scoreless in the second. The pattern occurred again in the third and fourth except this time CUA managed three runs to go up 5-4.
Salisbury matched the Cards in the fifth with a trio of scores while CUA just crossed a pair thanks to a homer from Ager and in the sixth both scored one as the runs piled up for the squads. They matched each other in seventh to force extra innings but tied once again in the eighth. Finally in the ninth inning the Cards could manufacture no more runs while Salisbury scored on an error to get the 12-11 victory.
Convery and Holley were both 3-4 while Convery had four RBI for the game. The Cards had 16 hits to Salisbury's 13 but lost in errors 3-2. Stephanie Clemente was credited with the loss despite facing just three batters. Papianni had started the game and notched four strikeouts.
The Cards will play Baruch next Saturday in the in their final game of the season.