CUA takes game one from Scranton before dropping game two
JESSUP, Pa. – CUA split its doubleheader vs. Scranton on Friday afternoon. The Cardinals took game one 9-3 before falling to the Royals 4-3 in eight innings in the nightcap. CUA pounded out ten hits and got seven innings from Erin McMakin in the opener before Scranton scored the winning run on a Cardinals error in the bottom of the eighth to earn the game two win.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Scranton in game one. Taylor Stockinger reached on an error to start the game and she came home on another Scranton error, which allowed Megan Rizzi to advance to third.
A third Royals error brought Rizzi home and put CUA in front by two in the early going.
Scranton got on the board for the first time with a run in the second but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the top of the third to go in front 5-1. Stockinger led the frame off with a homerun to left center and back-to-back doubles by Mel Galella and Rizzi gave CUA its second run of the inning.
Rizzi then advanced to third on a passed ball and she came home on Kristen Trancynger's ground out.
Stockinger hit her second home run of the day in the fourth to make it a 6-1 game, and the Royals countered with a single run in the bottom half to make it 6-2.
CUA scored three more times in the top of the fifth to open up a comfortable 9-2 advantage. Rizzi started things off with a walk and moved to second on an error and then to third on a wild pitch. Trancynger singled her home and a one out single by Tracey Scanlon brought home Trancynger.
Meagan Daubman then singled home Scanlon to complete the scoring for CUA.
McMakin went all seven innings, struck out one and allowed only three runs to earn the win, while Samantha Boccolini suffered the loss after allowing nine runs on ten hits.
In the nightcap CUA again took an early lead with Stockinger leading off with a single and Rizzi doubling her home for a 1-0 Cardinals advantage.
Scranton took its first lead of the entire day in the third when the Royals scored twice and a single run in the fifth made it a 3-1 game.
Down to its final inning CUA tied the game with two runs in the top half of the seventh. Sam Daubman got the rally started with a two-out single to right field. Stockinger followed with a single and Galella brought home both runners with a double to right center.
After the Royals were retired in the seventh the teams headed for extra innings.
In the top of the eighth McMakin reached on a Royals error but was thrown out trying to reach second. The next two Cardinals were then retired and that brought Scranton up to bat.
Jacqueline Eadie led off with a walk, but she was erased on a fielder's choice by Tia Dimou. Dimou moved to second on another fielder's choice. She then headed to third on a wild pitch and crossed home following a Cardinals error, lifting the Royals to a 4-3 win in game two.