McMakin's no-hitter leads the way for CUA in sweep of Hood

WASHINGTON – Erin McMakin did a little of everything for the CUA softball team on Sunday in helping lead the Cardinals to a doubleheader sweep of Hood (6-26).  The freshman threw a no-hitter in the opener and CUA (16-9) downed the Blazers 5-0, while in the nightcap she went 2 for 3 with an RBI as the Cardinals won 3-1.

McMakin was the story in game one, going seven innings, striking out four and allowing just a single walk to the Blazers.  She also helped herself at the plate by going 1 for 3 with a run scored.

The Cardinals wasted little time in giving McMakin some run support, scoring four times in the bottom of the first.  Taylor Stockinger led off and she smashed a double to right center field to get things started.  Mel Galella was then hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.

Following a Megan Rizzi fielder's choice that put runners on the corners with one out, Stockinger scored on a wild pitch. Rizzi, who earlier had advanced to second, moved over to third on the wild pitch.  Moments later Rizzi crossed on an illegal pitch by Hood's hurler, Bridgette Ringley. 

With two outs and Tracey Scanlon on first base McMakin singled to center field and that brought up Meagan Daubman and she crushed a pitch to center field that went for a double and plated both Cardinals to make it 4-0.

That was all McMakin needed as she delivered a terrific performance inside the circle for CUA and carried the Cardinals to their 15th win of the season.

In the second game of the day Hood took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first when Amy Hagerdon doubled home Emalie Stroup to give the Blazers an early lead.

CUA came right back with a run in the bottom half though, as Rizzi singled in Stockinger to knot the score at one apiece.  Stockinger had led things off with a double.

The Cardinals then went on top 2-1 in the second when Kerri Apicella drove in Tracey Scanlon with two outs.

McMakin put the finishing touches on her outstanding day in the sixth when she ripped a single to center field to drive in Rizzi and make it 3-1 Cardinals.

After an up-and-down start to the game Apicella settled in nicely in the circle for CUA and earned the game two win.  She went all seven innings, struck out 10 and surrendered only three hits.

Jennifer Rutherford suffered the loss after going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits.

CUA will be back in action on Friday, April 15 when the Cardinals head to Pennsylvania to take on Gwynedd-Mercy in a doubleheader.  Game one gets underway beginning at 3 p.m.

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