Cardinals finish trip with 10-0 win over Roger Williams

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CUA closed out its spring break trip by splitting a pair of games on Saturday morning.  The Cardinals dropped a tough 4-2 decision to Indiana Wesleyan in the opener before downing Roger Williams 10-0 in the nightcap.  Following Saturday's action CUA sits at 6-5 overall.

In the day's first game, Indiana Wesleyan jumped in front 3-0 with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. 

CUA got on the board for the first time in its half of the sixth inning when Nina Curto drew a bases loaded walk to force Mel Galella across to make it 3-1.

Indiana Wesleyan added another single run in its half of the seventh, but CUA kept things interesting by pushing a run across in the bottom half to make it 4-2.  Taylor Stockinger crushed a solo homerun to give the Cardinals life, but CUA was unable to generate any more offense and ultimately fell in the day's first game.

Abbie Forman was the game one winner after she threw seven innings, struck out nine and surrendered just a pair of earned runs.  CUA's Kerri Apicella suffered the setback, despite striking out eight in seven innings of work.

CUA's offense came ready to play in game two, taking a 2-0 run in the top of the third when Megan Rizzi drilled a two-run homerun.

The Cardinals then broke the game wide open with five runs in the fifth. Erin McMakin doubled home Rizzi, and Melanie Rebechi, who pinch ran for McMakin, came home when Elizabeth Best was hit by a pitch.

A Sam Daubman single plated another run, and two more Cardinals eventually scored on Roger Williams' errors to make it 7-0.

CUA finished this one off with three more runs in the seventh, including a two-run double by Rizzi to put the Cardinals in front by ten runs.

McMakin earned the game two win for CUA by throwing six shutout innings, striking out six and allowing just one hit.  Stacy Broughton was charged with the loss after she allowed two runs in two innings.  

CUA returns to the diamond on Sunday, March 20 when the Cardinals travel to take on Randolph-Macon in a doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m.

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