Yellow Jackets Sting Cards in Doubleheader 7-3,
ASHLAND, Va.-- The CUA Softball Team moved to 12-12 overall on Thursday afternoon after losing two games to non-conference opponent Randolph-Macon College. The Red and Black fell to the Yellow Jackets 7-3 and 10-5 in games one and two, respectively. Managing just 14 hits combined for both games. An early lead by Randolph-Macon in both contests proved to be the difference as the Cards could make up the difference trailing 6-0 in the first game and 4-0 in the second contest.
Catholic fell behind in the first game, but was able to make a late run in the top of the 6th which started with Rachel Baker (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) reaching on an error. Followed by Fr. Tracey Scanlon (North Wales/Gwynedd Mercy Academy) reaching on a hit, the Cards had two on and two outs when Jr. Stacie Godardd (Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin) drove a ball to centerfield which brought home two base runners but Godardd would be thrown out at second to end the scoring threat.
Catholic University was also able to get another start and complete game from New Jersey native Stephanie Clemente (Warren, N.J./Immaculata) who managed to strike out two Yellow Jackets and only walked one batter throughout the contest. Clemente now has pitched in over 69 innings on the season and ranks in the top ten in appearances and strikeouts in the Landmark Conference.
Randolph-Macon jumped out to an early lead in the second game as well 4-0 at the end of one inning and would add six more due in large part to a four run fourth inning. The Cards chipped away at the lead managing to cut the RMC lead to one after Jr. Katie Ann Trotta(Seaford, N.Y./St. Dominic) reached base and Kelly Lukcas (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional) and Tracey Scanlon were both walked to load the bases for batter Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon/Souhegan High School). The freshman came up big once again with a single that drove in two runs but would be the only runs in the inning and would not be enough to overcome the early defecit.
Freshman Brittany Soberaj got her ninth appeareance of the season on the mound as she would pitch all six innings. The California native struckout seven batters on the day and now has ten strikeouts in just 20 innings of work in 2009 and looks to continue her progress as the Cards enter their final two weeks of the season.
The Cards will look to get back above .500 as they host league rival USMMA this weekend. The doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday April 18th at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Cardinal Softball Field as it will be a part of the second annual Spring Sports Festival. Last time these two teams met was April 19, 2008 and the Cards took two from the Mariners.