CAMDEN, N.J. - The Catholic University softball team split two games in a nonconference doubleheader against Rutgers Camden on Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals (16-18) defeated the Raptors 2-0 in game one and came up short in game two, losing 9-8 in a back-and-forth affair that took nine innings to complete.
Game 1: Catholic 2 | Rutgers Camden 0
Game one was a scoreless contest for six innings, as neither team could get a run across. The visiting Cardinals broke the deadlock in the top of the seventh thanks to junior Sabrina Scott, who did it all for Catholic to get the first victory.
Freshman Marissa Bruder got on with a walk with one out in the seventh, and then advanced on a fielder's choice groundout. With two outs in the last at-bat before potential extra innings, Scott delivered a clutch ground rule double to score Bruder and give Catholic the first lead of the game.
Scott scored on her own as an insurance run after Makayla Czan reached on an error in the next at-bat. The Cardinals gained a 2-0 with Rutgers Camden down to its last half inning.
Scott continued her dominant performance on the mound as the game one starter. She threw all seven scoreless innings, scattering six hits and striking out three to earn her ninth win of the season.
Game 1: Rutgers Camden 9 | Catholic 8 - 9 Innings
Catholic could not sweep the Raptors in game two, as a few costly errors gave the hosts some runs to take the split in extra innings. Scott homered in the first inning to put the Cardinals on the board, but Camden Rutgers answered with two runs of their own to make the game 2-1 after one frame.
Catholic jumped out to a lead in the third inning, scoring six runs on five hits and three errors. Sophomore Taylor Forgen had a 2-RBI single to start the scoring. Czan brought two more home with a single of her own. Then sophomore Giselle Diaz hit a two-run homerun, the first of her career, to cap the six-run outburst.
Rutgers Camden chipped away at the 7-2 deficit, scoring runs in the third and fifth before tying the game in the bottom of the sixth. The Raptors scored two runs on two errors to equalize at 7-7. After a scoreless seventh frame, the game went into extras.
Sophomore Sophie Maccarone hit an RBI double to put the Cardinals back on top in the eighth, but the visitors could not get anymore runs across. Rutgers Camden scored a run to tie the game again in the bottom half, and then scored one more to end it in the ninth, 9-8.
Catholic is off this upcoming Easter weekend and plays next Wednesday, April 24 on the road against Frostburg State. First pitch is set for 3 p.m.