April 19, 2011

Cardinals earn a split at Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – After having a tough time scoring in game one CUA's bats came to life in the nightcap and the Cardinals earned a split vs. Mary Washington on Tuesday afternoon.  The Eagles took game one 2-0 before CUA rebounded to earn a 6-2 victory in game two.  The Cardinals scored four times in the seventh inning of the second game to break the game open and earn their 18th win of the season.

The Cardinals had trouble getting anything going on offense in game one, with only four hits off Mary Washington pitcher Julianne Sweat, who went 6.2 innings and struck out one.  Nicole Black then came in to get the final out and allowed a hit in the process, but eventually did get the save.

The Eagles scored their two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a ground out and a CUA error, but from there Erin McMakin shut them down.  The freshman hurler struck out ten, walked only two and scattered six hits in six innings of work, but suffered the loss.

A two out triple by McMakin in the sixth did not yield a run for CUA, but the Cardinals had one final chance in the seventh.  A two-out walk to Sam Daubman was followed by a Taylor Stockinger single to put runners on first and second., bringing up Mel Galella.  The Cardinals right fielder popped out to the shortstop though, ending the first game.

The Cardinals' bats came alive in game two beginning in the first when Megan Rizzi doubled in Galella, who got on with a one-out single.

Mary Washington went ahead with a pair of runs in the third, but CUA pulled even in the fifth when Rizzi singled and Stockinger came home.

Still knotted at two CUA exploded for four runs in the seventh to take a 6-2 lead.  Rizzi led off with a walk and was bunted over to second by McMakin.  With two outs Tracey Scanlon tripled in Rizzi and two batters later Jillian Zic's single plated Scanlon.

Sam Daubman was next and she drilled a triple to right field, which cleared the bases and gave the Cardinals a four-run cushion heading into the bottom of the seventh.

After the Eagles leadoff hitter got on to begin the frame, Cecilia Ehresman retired the final three batters to earn the win for CUA.  Ehresman went two innings to get the W, while Victoria Capozucca got the start and went five innings, striking out three during that time.

CUA steps back into conference play on Saturday afternoon when the Cardinals play host to Moravian in a doubleheader at CUA Softball Field.  First pitch of the day's opening game is 1 p.m.

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