Offense in high gear as CUA sweeps doubleheader at home

WASHINGTON – The offense was alive on Sunday with CUA totaling 35 runs and 35 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Mary Baldwin.  The Cardinals took game one 19-0 before winning the nightcap 16-1.  Megan Rizzi led the way with five hits in the two games, while Taylor Stockinger and Nina Curto had four hits each.

Game one was over in a hurry with CUA sending 13 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs in the first inning.  Stockinger led things off with a home run to left field and Mel Galella followed with a single.  Rizzi was next and she doubled to center, putting runners at second and third with no one out.

Kristen Trancynger’s sac fly plated Galella to make it 2-0 and Rizzi then stole home to put CUA in front by three.

Back-to-back walks to Erin McMakin and Tracey Scanlon ensued, followed by an infield single by Curto.  Kerri Apicella was next and she singled in McMakin to increase the lead to four.

Following CUA’s second out, Stockinger came up again and drilled a double to right field to plate two more runs.  Galella was next and she also doubled, plating two more Cardinals.  Rizzi then completed the scoring with her second double of the inning, putting the Cardinals comfortably in front after one.

Five more runs crossed in the second as CUA went ahead 14-0.  Danielle Nichols drove in a pair with a double to center and Stockinger plated two more runs with a single.  Jackie Diiulio’s fielder’s choice scored Stockinger for the fifth run of the frame.

Following a scoreless third inning CUA put this one in the books with five more runs in the fourth.  Meagan Daubman scored the first run on a fielder’s choice and Elizabeth Best then brought home two more with a double to left.

Cecilia Ehresman put the finishing touches on the scoring with a two-run single to center, making it 19-0.

Mary Baldwin went 1-2-3 in the fifth and CUA had won its 11th game.

Kerri Apicella earned the win in the circle for the Cardinals after going three innings and allowing just one hit, while striking out seven.

Jessica Hogle suffered the setback after she gave up 14 runs on 13 hits.

The Cardinals offense did not let up in the second game, scoring five runs in the first inning, all with two outs.  Rizzi started the rally with a single and then stole second.  Trancynger’s double plated the CUA shortstop and it was 1-0 Cardinals.

A Mary Baldwin error allowed Trancynger to score and that brought up Scanlon, who walked.  Curto was next and she doubled to center, which scored McMakin.  Meagan Daubman then came up and delivered a two-run single to left to make it 5-0 after one.

Three more CUA runs in the second made it 8-0 with McMakin delivering the big blow, a two-run double to center.  Scanlon also had an RBI hit, which plated McMakin.

Five more Cardinals crossed in the third and three more runs came across in the fourth to put CUA ahead by 16. 

Mary Baldwin got on the board for the first time all day in its half of the fifth when Alexis Meares stole home, but that was all CUA would allow the Fighting Squirrels to get.

McMakin was the game two winner after going three innings, striking out four and not allowing any runs.  Samantha Ingram took the loss after she gave up 13 runs on 13 hits in three innings of work.

CUA is now off until Saturday, April 9 when the Cardinals host conference foe Drew in a doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is set for 1 p.m.

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