Cardinals drop two to nationally ranked Salisbury at home
WASHINGTON – CUA had trouble getting its bats going on Sunday as the Cardinals dropped a pair of games to No. 11 Salisbury at home. The Sea Gulls took game one 5-0 behind a 16-strikeout performance by Erika Brittingham, while in the nightcap Salisbury came away with a 4-0 win. Following the day's action CUA sits at 20-15.
Salisbury jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game one with three runs in the top half of the first. A bases loaded triple by Taylor Webb gave the Sea Gulls their early lead.
In the top of the sixth Salisbury added two more runs when Webb doubled in Lindsay McCabe and later scored on a fielder's choice.
That was all the offense Brittingham needed as she no-hit the Cardinals in seven innings. She struck out 16 batters and walked five to earn the win.
Erin McMakin suffered the loss for CUA after striking out three and allowing five runs on seven hits in seven innings of work.
In game two CUA put runners on second and third with two outs in the first inning, but Nina Curto grounded out to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.
The Sea Gulls scored three times in the third when McCabe doubled in a run and Hannah Mills hit a two-run home run.
A single Salisbury run crossed in the fifth when McCabe drove in Sarah Alpaugh with a fielder's choice.
The Cardinals threatened again in the sixth when Kristen Trancynger reached on an error and Curto was hit by a pitch. McMakin then walked to load the bases, but Mel Galella popped out and Meagan Daubman grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Down to its final three outs CUA again had a chance in the seventh, as Sam Daubman worked a walk to lead things off and Taylor Stockinger followed with a single. Tracey Scanlon then singled to load the bases with no outs, but the next two Cardinals went down swinging and Curto grounded out to third to end the game.
Kelly Leary went all seven innings for Salisbury to earn the win as she struck out six and allowed three hits. Kerri Apicella took the loss for the Cardinals after allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out four in seven innings.
CUA will next head into the postseason where the Cardinals are seeded third in the 2011 Landmark Conference Tournament. Action begins on Friday, May 6 when CUA takes on No. 2 Susquehanna in Bethlehem, Pa. on the campus of Moravian College beginning at 1 p.m. Top-seeded Moravian will take on No. 4 Scranton in the other opening round game.
For more information on this weekend's tournament, visit the tournament info center.