Cardinals Sink Mariners in Late Inning Heroics
WASHINGTON-- The Catholic University's Softball team fought hard against the Mariners of USMMA by splitting the doubleheader. USMMA took the first game 4-2 followed by an exciting 10 inning win by Catholic University 3-2 and moves the Red and Black to 13-13 overall and an impressive 7-3 in conference play with only one conference series remaining. As for the United States Merchant Marine Academy the moved to 16-12 overall and 3-5 in the Landmark conference.
USMMA jumped out to an early one run lead of the first game against but the Cards would battle back and tie things up in the bottom of the second. Jr. Lynn Brown (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) singled and crossed home plate with on a RBI triple by Jr. Betsy McNulty (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore) that came a few feet short of a home run. However, the Mariners would rip off three more runs in the top of the third to seal the victory. Jr. Stephanie Clemente (Warren, N.J./Immaculata) got the nod on the mound for the Red and Black and had a solid outing striking out five batters.
The second game continued to be a defensive battle as neither team got on the board until USMMA went up 1-0 in the top of the fourth. Mariners added another run in the top of the fifth, but CUA would tie things up with two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Things would remain even at the end of seven innings and would get interesting entering extra innings. Both teams were held scoreless in the 8th and 9th inning with solid defense and pitching until the bottom of the tenth.
Fr. Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon/Souhegan High School) started things off with a one out double to rightfield and would reach third on a single by Stacie Godardd (Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin). With her only hit of the day, catcher Sophie Gage (Baltimore, Md./Mount de Sales) laid down a bunt halfway down the third base line which would be just enough for Rizzi to slide into home on a squeeze play that would give the Cardinals the game winning run. Jr. Stacie Godardd took the mound for the 13th time this season and threw her seventh complete game. Godardd now has a team high 51 strikeouts and allowing only 70 hits against 286 batters.
Coach McConkey and the Cards will hit the road tomorrow as they will battle non-conference opponent Washington (Md.). Catholic University will not return home until Sunday, April 26th to host Hood College which will mark the last game of the regular season but more importantly senior day for several players on the team.