Cardinals earn a road split at Randolph-Macon
ASHLAND, Va. – The Cardinals (7-6) returned to action on Sunday, splitting a doubleheader at Randolph-Macon. Kerri Apicella threw a complete game and allowed only one run in CUA's 7-1 game one victory, while in game two the Yellow Jackets (16-4) pulled out a 7-4 win.
After a pair of scoreless innings in game one, CUA erupted for four runs in the top of the third. Jill Zic led off with a walk and was bunted over to second by Sam Daubman. Taylor Stockinger then singled to put runners on the corners.
Mel Galella was next and she drove in Zic with a single back up the middle. That brought up Megan Rizzi and she blasted a three-run homerun to center field to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.
Nina Curto led off the fourth with a solo shot to center and CUA was in front 5-0.
The Cardinals continued to add to their lead with another solo run in the fifth when Kristen Trancynger went yard to center field. Later, Trancynger drove in Stockinger with a sac fly in the sixth inning and CUA was up 7-0.
Randolph-Macon was finally able to get on the board with a single run in the seventh when Megan Shepherd hit a solo homerun but that was all the Yellow Jackets would get.
Apicella went the distance for CUA in the circle, striking out six over seven innings and allowing just one run on five hits.
Heather Lewis suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets after surrendering five earned runs in three innings. She struck out three batters and walked two.
In game two it was Randolph-Macon that jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the first inning. The big blow came from Laura Bauer who delivered a two-run single to center field.
The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the second and the fourth as they went in front 7-0.
CUA got on the board for the first time with a single run in the fifth when Stockinger brought home Meagan Daubman on a sacrifice fly to cut the Randolph-Macon lead to 7-1.
The Cardinals continued to chip away with three more runs in the sixth. Tracey Scanlon drove in Rizzi with a single down the left field line and Meagan Daubman brought home Melanie Rebechi with another single. The scoring continued when Erin McMakin came home on a Yellow Jackets error and CUA was within three, 7-4.
With two outs and the bases loaded Stockinger stepped into the box. She drove the very first pitch over the fence, but the ball was foul. The Yellow Jackets then made a pitching change, bringing Lewis into the circle. Stockinger was unfazed though and drove another pitch deep into the outfield where it was caught just inches shy of going out, ending the Cardinals rally.
CUA was unable to score in the seventh, forcing the Cardinals to settle for a split.
McMakin suffered the game two loss after surrendering 10 hits and seven runs, while Kristen Dize earned the win for the home team after she went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs. Lewis earned the save after she threw 1.1 scoreless innings.
Galella finished the day 3 for 6 for CUA, while Rizzi went 3 for 7 with three runs batted in.
On Monday CUA will play another doubleheader, this time at Stevenson. First pitch of game one is slated for 3:30 p.m.