CLERMONT, Fla. – The Catholic University softball team fell to Washington & Jefferson (4-4) and Husson (4-4) on Wednesday.
Game 1: W&J 3, Catholic 2
Freshman Marissa Bruder went two for three at the plate with an RBI and a run to lead the team. Junior Sabrina Scott got the start and pitched all seven innings, recording two strikeouts, one walk and allowed only four hits.
Both teams started off slow offensively, not recording any hits in the first inning. But the Presidents scored in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead.
Scott and the defense posted a strong inning forcing three groundouts in the third. With that moment the Cards got on the board in the bottom of half of the inning. The freshman duo of Bella Ronca and Bruder did it again. With two outs Ronca doubled to right field, Bruder then singled to left center to score Ronca and bring Catholic within one.
The fourth and fifth were dominated by pitching and defense, not allowing a hit through both innings.
The sixth inning proved to be a spark for the Cardinals. With one out, sophomore Giselle Diaz and Ronca turned a double play to end the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Bruder led the inning off with a base hit to the right side, then stole second. Sophomore Taylor Forgen advanced Bruder to third. Sophomore Makayla Czan singled to center, scoring Bruder to the game 2-2.
With an inning to go, W&J went back on top after a single to right field and an error allowed the Presidents to take the lead. The Cardinal defense bounced back, getting the runner out at home on the next play to hold the lead at one.
But the Presidents held on in the bottom of the seventh for their fourth win of the season.
Game 2: Husson 5, Catholic 0
Catholic struggled to get their offense going against the Eagles, only recording four hits. Junior Claire Sturek got the start for the Cardinals, throwing five innings before sophomore Allie Lajeunesse came in to relieve.
Husson got on the board first with back to back solo home runs in the first inning. The Eagles then tacked on one more run in the third to take a 3-0 advantage.
In the fourth, the Cards offense came to life. Sophomore Taylor Forgen got things started by drawing a walk. Freshman Bella Ronca then singled to center field, advancing Forgen to second. Sophomore Makayla Czan flew out to center moving Ronca and Forgen, but the runners were stranded with two outs.
Forgen got on with a single to left field in the top of the sixth, then advanced to second on a fielder's choice, but Catholic was unable to convert.
Husson extended their lead in the bottom of the inning scoring two more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
With one last run in the bottom of the seventh, junior Sabrina Scott entered as a pinch hitter and doubled to center field to get things started for the Cardinals. With two outs, sophomore Giselle Diaz singled through the left side, but Scott got stuck in a rundown rounding third for the final out of the game.