March 21, 2011

CUA displays power in doubleheader split at Stevenson

WASHINGTON – For the second straight day CUA split a doubleheader, falling to Stevenson(8-7) 5-4 in game one before coming back to defeat the Mustangs 5-1 in game two on Monday.  In game one Stevenson's Lindsay Kuczak hit a walk-off homerun to give the home team a victory, while in the nightcap Erin McMakin threw a complete game, four-hitter to lift CUA (8-7) to the win.

Stevenson took an early lead in game one with three runs in the bottom of the first.  Lisa Bilski drove in one of the runs with a double and Jessica Bandzwolek and Sara DiMeglio plated the other two with back-to-back singles.

Tracey Scanlon homered to center field in the top of the second to put the Cardinals on the board for the first time, but the Mustangs answered with a run of their own in the bottom half to make it 4-1 after two.

In the CUA half of the fourth the Cardinals pulled closer with two more runs.  With one out and Kristen Trancynger on first, Erin McMakin went deep for CUA to make it a 4-3 game.

The score remained that way until the top of the seventh when CUA pulled even on a Sam Daubman sacrifice that plated Scanlon.  Scanlon was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, moved to second on Nina Curto's sac bunt and a Kerri Apicella single put runners on the corners.

Danielle Nichols pinch ran for Apicella and quickly stole second, putting runners at second and third with only one out.  Following Daubman's sacrifice, Taylor Stockinger walked and she moved to second on a stolen base, once again putting Cardinals on second and third, this time with two outs. 

That brought up Mel Galella with a chance to put CUA on top, but the Mustangs got her to pop out, ending the rally.

In the home half of the seventh the Cardinals retired the first batter, bringing up Kuczak.  She delivered the game-winning round tripper to center field and gave the Mustangs the game one win.

Apicella suffered the loss for CUA after surrendering four earned runs in 6.1 innings, while striking out seven and walking only one.  Julianne Roper earned the win for Stevenson after she went seven innings, struck out three and allowed four earned runs.

CUA started the second game off on a good note, scoring once in the top half of the first.  The Cardinals bats, as they have all season, remained hot with Stockinger leading off with a double and Galella following with a single.  Galella moved to second on a stolen base and Megan Rizzi drove in Stockinger with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Cardinals added to their lead with two more runs in the second, beginning with a Scanlon walk.  Following a fly out to left by Nina Curto it was Meagan Daubman's turn to display her power as she blasted a two-run shot to right to put the visitors in front 3-0.

Two more runs in the fifth by CUA gave the Cardinals a comfortable 5-0 advantage.  Galella started it off with a double and Rizzi followed with the Cardinals' fourth home run of the day to put CUA in front by five. 

The hot hitting continued with Trancynger doubling down the left field line and McMakin moving her to third on a ground out.  Scanlon then reached on a fielder's choice, but Trancynger was thrown out at the plate, keeping the Cardinals lead at five.

That was all McMakin needed as she threw a terrific game in the circle for CUA, allowing just a single run in the sixth.  The freshman went all seven innings, allowed just the one earned run, and struck out three.

Meagan Sumwalt was dealt the loss for Stevenson after allowing three earned runs in three innings to go along with two walks and a strikeout. 

On Saturday CUA will open its 2011 Landmark Conference schedule with a doubleheader at Juniata.  Game one is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.

The Cardinals will then open their home slate on Sunday with a matchup vs. Salisbury.  First pitch of game one is scheduled to get underway beginning at 1.

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