Stockinger and Ratke lead Cardinals over Simpson and Presentation

Stockinger and Ratke lead Cardinals over Simpson and Presentation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – CUA picked up another win in Florida, downing Simpson, who is receiving votes in the NFCA Coaches rankings, 5-4. The Cardinals, who have won five straight, were led by Taylor Stockinger, who went three-for-three at the plate, with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

In game one, the Cardinals didn't waste anytime scoring two runs in the first inning. Amy Laughner led thing off with a single to shortstop and was brought around by a massive two-run homer by Stockinger.

Simpson plated one in the second after loading the bases with a few singles and two players being hit at the plate by a pitch.

Both teams added runs in the third. CUA was up first, scoring once with Stockinger's RBI single to left field, while the Storm's Tori Haag doubled in Chelsea Winegard from second base.

Simpson took the lead in the bottom of the fourth after a three-up, three-down defensive stand. Stacie Brown reached on a Cardinals error and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt.

Brown was then able to score off a throwing error and Ashley Prettyman advanced to third.  Tieryn Potratz singled up the middle to score the second run of the inning to give the Storm a 4-3 lead. 

CUA scored two more runs in the fifth to take the lead back. Monica Peters singled up the middle and advanced to second off Laughner's single to left field. Stockinger then delivered another great hit to load the bases. Nina Curto was able to reach on a fielder's choice to score Laughner, and Peters scored on a throwing error to give the Cardinals the win 5-4.

Tori Marcavage captured the win for the Cardinals after pitching all seven innings and giving up only two earned runs and striking out five.  Kaytlyn Ernst pitched the first four innings for the Storm, giving up four earned runs and striking out three. She was relieved in the fifth by Kacree Arey, who suffered the loss, but gave up zero earned runs for the Storm.

In the nightcap the Cardinals once again did not waste any time, plating two runs in the bottom of the first. Laughner led off with a bunt for a single. Rose Shaver doubled to left to bring around Laughner, and Shaver later scored on a wild pitch to give CUA the lead 2-0.

In the second, CUA added two more runs after shutting down the Saints in the top of the inning. With two outs, Peters singled and stole second and was plated off a single by Laughner. Shaver then hit her second double of the game to score the Cardinals' fourth run of the day.

The Saints finally got on the board in the third with two runs on three hits. Shelby Anderson singled to right field and advanced to second after Hannah Phillips bunted for a single. Both runners were able to score off a single to center by Jacque Trost to make the score 4-2.

In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals scored three more runs. With the bases loaded, Courtney Burke reached on a fielder's choice to score Curto from third, and Melissa Rebechi's single to center field scored two more to give the Cardinals the edge 7-2.

In the next three innings the Cardinals shut down the Saints. CUA then added one more run when Beth Ratke hit a big two-run double in the sixth to end the game.  

CUA will be back in action tomorrow when it faces Webster at 9 a.m. and Roger Williams at 11.