March 7, 2011

Offense explodes for CUA in pair of wins in Florida

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Cardinals offense was in full gear on Monday pounding out 26 hits and scoring 29 runs in a pair of wins at the Rebel Spring Games.  CUA downed Mitchell in the opener 15-2 in five innings and then defeated Muskingum 14-8 in the nightcap.  Following Monday's action the Cardinals sit at 3-3 overall.

Taylor Stockinger was the offensive star for CUA on the day with five hits, six runs scored and a pair of RBI.  Megan Rizzi added five hits, four runs and six runs batted in.

In the day's first game CUA went up 3-0 in the top of the second with Erin McMakin leading off with a single and Tracey Scalon reaching on an error.  Following an out, Isabelle Pisini roped a double to drive in McMakin and put runners on second and third.

A Mitchell error then plated two more CUA runs to put the Cardinals on top by three.

Mitchell got one of the runs back in its half of the second but the Cardinals exploded to score ten times in the top of the third to break the game wide open.  Kristin Trancynger belted a three-run homerun with no one out to make the score 6-1 and Nina Curto's single plated McMakin to make it 7-1.

Scanlon scored on a fielder's choice to make it 8-1, Curto came home on an error to make it 9-1 and Pisini crossed on another fielder's choice to put CUA in front by nine.

The Cardinals weren't done yet though, scoring three more times to take a commanding 13-1 lead after just two-and-a-half innings.

A single run in the Mitchell half of the third made it 13-2 but CUA got the run back in the top of the fourth when Rizzi singled home Toni-Ann Rossi.

The Cardinals sealed the win with another run in the fifth when Elizabeth Best's groundout brought home Jackie Diiulio.  Following a scoreless Mitchell half of the inning the game was over after just five innings.

Kerri Apicella earned the win for CUA after going three innings, striking out five and allowing only one earned run, while Tricia Tomaselli settled for the loss after she gave up 11 runs and seven hits in only two innings of work.

In game number-two against Muskingum the Cardinals offense remained hot scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead.  McMakin's single through the left side plated Stockinger and Galella, who began the game with a double and single, respectively.

Muskingum cut the CUA lead in half with a run in the top of the second but the Cardinals put two more on the board in their half.  Following a walk to Daubman and a Stockinger double, Galella bunted in Daubman to make it 3-1.  Trancynger then brought home Stockinger with a single down the left field line to put CUA in front by three runs.

Two more CUA runs in the third made it 6-1 with Rizzi and Trancynger lashing RBI singles. 

Following a five-run inning by Muskingum, the Cardinals broke the game open with a six-run fourth to go in front 12-6.  A walk to Daubman brought in the first run, while Stockinger's double plated two more.  A Rizzi double to left scored two more Cardinals and Trancynger's single scored Rizzi to complete the scoring.

Two more runs by CUA in the sixth sealed the win with Rizzi doubling in Stockinger and Rizzi then scoring on a Muskingum error.

Apicella went all seven innings in the circle for CUA and struck out two, while surrendering six earned runs.  For Muskingum, Morgan Yackey took the loss after she gave up five earned runs in only one-third of an inning.

CUA has off on Tuesday before returning to action with a pair of games on Wednesday in Florida.  The Cardinals will take on Webster at 9 a.m. and finish off the day with a matchup against Geneva at 11.

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