LEESBURG, Fla. – The Catholic University softball team beat Mt. St. Vincent (2-6), and Finlandia (1-13) on the final day of their spring break trip to The Spring Games.
Game 1: Catholic 4, Mt. St. Vincent 3
Junior Sabrina Scott led the Cardinals to their third victory of the season both in the circle and at the plate. Scott got the start for the Cards, and went the distance, striking out four, not walking a batter, and giving up 10 hits. She also came up huge for Catholic offensively going two for four with three RBIs, one of which was a walk-off single to win the game in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Bella Ronca had another big game going two for four and scoring one run.
Mt. St. Vincent scored first to take a 1-0 in the top of the first.
The Cardinals responded in the bottom of the frame with a led off single from freshman Marissa Bruder. Sophomore Taylor Forgen then put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Bruder to second. Czan then reached on an error by the center fielder, and Bruder scored to tie the game. Scott came to the plate and traded places with Czan, doubling to right center.
The Dolphins tacked on two more in the bottom of the third to retake the lead.
The fourth and fifth innings were scoreless, with each team recording two hits.
The Catholic defense stepped up big in the top of the sixth getting out of a bases-loaded situation. Scott sealed the inning with a big strikeout to keep the Cards within one.
With one final chance, the Cardinals stepped up to plate. Forgen got things rolling with a double to right field. Ronca singled to the third baseman before Czan loaded the bases with a fielder's choice. Scott then hit the walk-off single through the left side to score Forgen and Ronca.
Game 2: Catholic 7, Finlandia 4
The Cardinals bats got hot in the second game of the doubleheader. Sophomore Juliet Lodes went three for three with two RBIs and sophomore Taylor Forgen went three of four with three RBIs to lead the Cards. Junior Claire Sturek started in the circle for Catholic, posting seven strikeouts in five and a fourth innings. Sophomore Allie Lajeunesse entered the game in relief and earned her second save of the season.
The first three innings were dominated by pitching and strong defensive play, not allowing a run for either team.
The Lions got on the board in the top of the fourth, scoring two unearned runs. But the Cards responded in the bottom half with a blowout inning.
Sophomore Makayla Czan led off with a single to center field. Lajeunesse then singled and both runners advanced on an error. Lodes singled to right field scoring Czan, but Lajeunesse was thrown out at home. Junior Kacie Badolato keep things going with a single to the shortstop. Sophomore Giselle Diaz then drew the walk to load the bases. With the top of the order back up, freshman Marissa Bruder singled over the third baseman's head to score Lodes and advance all runners. Forgen then came up with a base clearing double to left center, giving the Cardinals a 5-2 advantage.
Catholic tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Czan led off with a single to the left side. Scott then advanced Czan to second with a sacrifice bunt for Lodes to score Czan with a single to right field.
Finlandia kept fighting, scoring two off of a single down the right field line in the top of the sixth.
The Cardinals scored their final run of the game when Diaz singled through the left side, Czan reached on an error, and Forgen had a base hit bunt to load the bases. Freshman Bella Ronca then singled up the middle to score Diaz.
Catholic held on for the win in the top of the seventh to secure their fourth win of the season.