CUA Defeats Staten Island, Sees No. 9 Va. Wesleyan Halt Its NCAA Run

CUA Defeats Staten Island, Sees No. 9 Va. Wesleyan Halt Its NCAA Run

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America wrapped their first NCAA Regional run with an 11-5 win over the College of Staten Island and a 6-3 loss to No. 9 Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday, May 10.

Game One

Tori Marcavage provided an outstanding performance in the win with three runs, three hits and four RBIs.  Kristina Lozupone and Julie Keleti tallied two runs and three hits, while Keleti added one RBI to her statistics, as Kylie Finley made an impact with two hits and two RBIs.

Monica Peters singled to second base to score Keleti for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.  On three hits and four runs in the third, CUA extended their dominance to a 5-0 advance.  Marcavage tallied two RBIs on her single to right field, scoring Amy Laughner and Lozupone.  Sanchez rounded out the scoring effort, as she reached on a Staten Island pass ball.

The Dolphins answered back with three unearned runs on the top of the fourth, initiated by a wild pitch by Kerri Apicella.

The mighty black and red ignited their bats in the bottom of the fourth a weekend-high five runs.  Erin Adams opened the five-run progression with a single to right center to score Lozupone.  Two Cardinals doubled to out field beginning with Sanchez down the right field line to get on base and advance Molly Macneill to third.  Marcavage doubled down center field for another two RBIs scoring Sanchez and Macneill.  After a few Staten Island lineup changes, Catholic continued to tally up runs, as Keleti scored Marcavage on a single and Finley brought Keleti around the bases to close out the inning.

The Dolphins scored a single run to open the fifth inning.

Catholic concluded their scoring effort with final run in the bottom of the sixth on a single up the middle to score Marcavage.

With the afternoon win, CUA went on to face Virginia Wesleyan for the first time on the weekend.

Game Two

The Cards struck first during their contest against Virginia Wesleyan taking 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Hoisl, who got on base off a walk, reached home plate when Adams singled to left field.

After going scoreless for the next five innings, where CUA gathered one hit and left three runners stranded.  Catholic concluded the afternoon with two runs on three hits for a final score of 6-3.  Apicella was opposite the mound when she went into to pinch hit for Peters.  On her first time at bat this weekend, she registered an RBI, scoring Marcavage.  During Hoisl's time at bat, she reached first base on a fielder's choice scoring Keleti.

Marcavage led the Cardinal offense with one run on one hit, as Hoisl, Adams and Apicella tallied one RBI apiece.  Victoria Capozucca pitched another complete game on the weekend allowing 10 hits and six runs, while walking five and striking out one.  Defensively, CUA putout 21 runners with one error.

The Catholic University of America ends the season with a record of 24-15.