Cards Take One Out of Two From Visiting Greyhounds
WASHINGTON-- The CUA softball team took the field today against the Greyhounds of Moravian College in a series which could have had huge implications in the conference standings. Moravian and Catholic were seeded one and two respectively and with home field advantage on the line. The teams battled and CUA saw several players step up in on the game one win. The Red and Black took the first contest 6-3 but let the second game slip away 12-0 in favor of the Greyhounds.
In the first game of the doubleheader Catholic jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second after a couple of walks and a two-RBI single by Kelly Lukacs (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional). The Greyhounds answered in the top of the fourth after a home run and a RBI single to knot the game at two apiece and added an additional run in the top of the fifth with a RBI double.
The Cardinals had an answer of their own as they saw Rachel Baker reach base on a walk then Lukcas advanced the runner with a single before Tracey Scanlon (North Wales/Gwynedd Mercy Academy) reached base with a single to left to load the bases for freshman short stop Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon/Souhegan High School).
Rizzi would drive in all three runners including herself with a grand slam over the wall in left center field to give the Cardinals the 6-3 lead and eventual game winning run. The Souhegan native has now has a team high 19 RBIs on the season and is batting a remarkable .406 to add to her three home runs. The grand slam by Rizzi was her first and the team's first on the year and now puts the shortstop at number five in the conference in RBI'S and number two in slugging percentage.
Junior Stephanie Clemete (Warren, N.J./Immaculata) took the mound for the Cards and gave up only three earned runs and faced all 27 Greyhound batters in yet another complete game. Clemente had offensive help from not only Rizzi but Lukacs as well who went 2-4 at the plate with two RBIs.
The second game would see little offense from the Cards as Moravian scored six runs in the top of the second and six more in the fourth and fifth innings combined. The loss was Catholic's first in their last six and kept the squad at second place in the Landmark Conference.
CUA will look to build as they will travel to Ashland, Virginia on Thursday April 16th to battle non-conference opponent Randolph-Macon College in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 pm. The Cards currently are 12-10 overall and 6-2 in the Landmark with just six more game dates in the season.