April 19, 2009

Softball Homers Twice in Split with Shorewomen, 5-6, 6-2

Softball Homers Twice in Split with Shorewomen, 5-6, 6-2

4/19/09

Chestertown (Md.)-The CUA softball team split another series on Sunday, April 19th after battling local opponent Washington College (Md.) losing the first contest 6-5 and winning the second 6-2.  After these two games the Cardinals remain .500 at 14-14 overall and 7-3 in the conference.  The Red and Black managed 19 hits including two home runs against the Shorewomen's pitching but left 14 runners on base on the day.

Catholic jumped out to any early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after second baseman Kelly Lukcas (Chesterfield, N.J./Northern Burlington Regional) started the inning off with a double down the left field line.  Then Fr. Megan Rizzi (Mont Vernon/Souhegan High School ) stepped to the plate and tallied her 24th RBI on the season with a double that drove in Lukcas and set up the next run after Sophie Gage reached first on an error by the Shoremen third baseman.  However, the lead would slip away as Washington (Md.) ripped off six unanswered runs through the first four innings.

Nevertheless, the Cards would make things interesting in the top of the seventh when Lukcas hit a ball of the fence in left center.  Rizzi drove in the New Jersey native once again and would cross home plate after Jr. Stacie Godardd (Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin) hit a home run that soared over the center field wall.  Godardd's home run was her second on the season and would cut the lead to one.  However, after a strikeout the inning would end as the Red and Black fell short, 6-5.

The second game would be a defense struggle as neither team surrendered a run in the first three innings until Catholic broke onto the board.  Godardd helped her own cause by driving in Rizzi on an RBI single giving them the 1-0 lead.   The Shorewomen answered with a run but Catholic would open things up in the top of the fifth with four runs of its own.   With one on and one out Mary Kate Marquis (Staatsburg, N.Y./F.D. Roosevelt ) hit a home run over the wall in left center to bring home two and the eventual game winning run. Fr. Tracey Scanlon (North Wales/Gwynedd Mercy Academy) would triple into left field to drive in an insurance run and give the Cards a 5-0 lead at the end of five.

The lead would be enough as the Shorewomen were only able to get two runs in final two innings of the game due to solid defense by the Red and Black, in particular Megan Covert (Wilmington, Del./Concord ) who accounted for 3 assists in the field and now has 71 on the season.

Coach McConkey and the squad will be off until Thursday when they will travel to Pennsylvania to battle Dickinson College in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.  Last time these two teams met they split the doubleheader 6-5 and 7-3 in a game played in Washington, DC. 

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