Catholic Softball falls short to No. 21 Salisbury
WASHINGTON--The Catholic University Softball team lost both games in a doubleheader Monday afternoon to Salisbury University. The first game showed little offense from the Red and Black as they lost 9-2, however they rallied together and fought back only to lose 5-3 in the second game of the doubleheader. Catholic University left 13 players on base between both games proving to be the deciding factor in the game two.
Salisbury University, now 19-4 overall and currently ranked number 21st in the nation, managed to get 12 hits against the Cardinals in the first game but was held to only four in the second. As for Catholic, they are now 7-9 overall and 1-1 in Landmark competition so far in the 2009 season.
The Sea Gulls of Salisbury got one on the board in the top of the first with a single by Kelly Waskewicz and an eventual RBI double by Lauren Brenneman but Catholic would answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and one out, Jr. Betsy McNulty (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore) managed to hit a single up the middle to drive in Lynn Brown to tie the game. The Junior outfielder went for 2-4 on the day, accounted for a run and drove in her first run for the season.
Neither team would score a run until the Sea Gulls opened things up with a five run seventh inning which proved to be too much for Catholic as Kelly Lukcas hit a RBI double driving in Tracey Scanlon (North Wales/Gwynedd Mercy Academy) and the only run in the bottom half of the inning for her fifth double and sixth RBI on the season. With this RBI, Kelly Lukacs (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional) has accumulated over 70 runs batted in for her career and moves into the top ten in slugging percentage in the Landmark Conference.
The second game started much like the first, falling behind early to Salisbury by three runs entering the bottom of the third. However, the Cardinals rallied together around efficient pitching and solid hitting putting together an inning in which they managed to tie things up at three runs each. It started with a sacrifice bunt by Sr. Christie Shaw (Norristown, Pa./Mount St. Joseph's) who advanced the runner to second and a double by Kelly Lukcas drove in a run. Then Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon/Souhegan High School ) got her second hit of the day driving in Lukcas and would eventually cross the plate as Lynn Brown(Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) was walked with the bases loaded. However the rally would not be enough, as the Sea Gulls managed to collect two more runs late in the nightcap.
The Cardinals resilience in the second game was led by the pitching of Stacie Goddard(Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin) who only allowed three earned runs and struck out eight batters in crucial situations including the top of the third inning in which the New Hampshire native allowed zero runs and stranded runners on first and second base. Goddard now has a team high 33 strikeouts in just 45 innings pitched.
Coach McConkey and the squad look to bounce back from this tough loss as they will travel to Maryland to battle Stevenson University on Friday April 3rd. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by the nightcap at 5:00 p.m. Last time these two teams met Catholic took both games in the series by a combined score of 21-7.