April 23, 2011

CUA hands No. 18 Moravian its first conference loss of 2011

WASHINGTON – The Cardinals clinched a spot in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament on Saturday and they did so in fashion, downing the No. 18 Moravian Greyhounds 5-4 at CUA Softball Field.  The Cardinals used a five-run fourth inning to hand Moravian its first conference loss of 2011.  The Greyhounds came back to win the nightcap 5-0.

In game number one Moravian jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning.  RBI singles by Stephanie Falzarano and Shannen Mohr put the visitors in front by two.

The Greyhounds then added two more runs in the fourth when Amanda Paulus doubled in a run and then came around on a CUA error to make it 4-0.

The Cardinals refused to give up vs. the nation's 18th-ranked team and they responded with a huge five-run bottom half of the fourth to go in front by one.

Megan Rizzi led off with a single and Kristen Trancynger was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no one out.  Erin McMakin was next and she singled in Rizzi to give the Cardinals their first run of the afternoon.

Tracey Scanlon then walked to load the bases for Nina Curto and the Cardinals first baseman delivered a two-run single to left field to pull CUA within 4-3.

With two outs Taylor Stockinger stepped to the plate and she singled in Curto and Scanlon to put the Cardinals on top 5-4.  Elizabeth Python then came into pitch for Moravian and she got Mel Galella to fly out to center field and retire the side.

In the top half of the fifth Moravian loaded the bases with only one out, but McMakin got Python to ground into a 1-2-3 double play and that ended the inning.

The Greyhounds never threatened again and CUA sent Moravian to its first league loss in nine games.

McMakin went the entire seven innings in the circle for the Cardinals and earned the game one win.  She struck out two batters and allowed seven hits.

Jenna Carmon suffered the loss for the Greyhounds after she went 3.2 innings, struck out four and allowed five runs.

In game number two Moravian jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Mohr singled in a pair of Greyhounds with one out.

CUA threatened in the second when Curto and Daubman got on and eventually moved to second and third with two outs.  Stockinger went down swinging though and the score remained 2-0.

McMakin led the fourth off with a long double to right field and she moved over to third on a wild pitch with no outs.  Scanlon and Curto struck out swinging though and Jill Zic went down looking, ending the Cardinals chances to score.

Moravian added a single run in the sixth and two more in the seventh as the Greyhounds took game two 5-0.

Python went all seven innings for the Greyhounds in the nightcap, striking out ten and scattering five hits.

Kerri Apicella started for CUA and she allowed five runs on 11 hits before giving way to McMakin, who retired the one batter she faced in the seventh.

CUA will return to action on Wednesday, April 27 when the Cardinals travel to take on Frostburg State in a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 3:30 p.m.

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