CUA advances to conference title game before falling to Moravian

CUA advances to conference title game before falling to Moravian

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After winning its first two games on Saturday in the Landmark Conference Tournament, CUA played No. 23 Moravian in a winner-take-all scenario in the championship game, but the Greyhounds came away with a 14-1 win to capture their fourth straight conference title.  CUA wraps up its 2011 season with a record of 23-17.

CUA fell to Moravian in a 1-0, 12-inning pitcher's dual on Friday, which meant the Cardinals would be sent home with just one loss on Saturday.  CUA proved to be a tough out though, dropping Susquehanna 2-0 in an elimination game and then defeating Moravian 4-1 in the first meeting between the schools on the day.

Against Susquehanna CUA received a terrific pitching performance from Kerri Apicella who went all seven innings, struck out seven and scattered three hits, while walking just one to lead the Cardinals to victory.

CUA scored its two runs in the third when Sam Daubman began a two-out rally with a single.  Taylor Stockinger followed with an infield hit and that brought up Mel Galella who delivered a run-scoring single to right field to make it 1-0 Cardinals.  Stockinger also came home on the play when the Crusaders committed a fielding error.

That was all Apicella needed as she allowed just three singles, each of which proved to be harmless.

In the day's first meeting between CUA and Moravian the Greyhounds jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a single run in the first, but the Cardinals went on top with two runs in the top of the third.  Galella ripped a single back up the middle which brought home Stockinger and Daubman and the Cardinals never relinquished the lead.

A Tracey Scanlon double in the fifth plated two more CUA runs and that was all the Cardinals pitchers would need as Erin McMakin and Apicella combined to allow only seven hits between them.  McMakin was knocked out of the game in the second when she took a line drive off the arm, but Apicella took it from there to pick up her second win in as many games for the Cardinals.

The two teams then met again for the 2011 conference title, but Moravian simply had too much offense, exploding for six runs in the third, five in the fourth and three more in the fifth to claim the victory.  CUA's lone run came in the third when Megan Rizzi drove in Daubman with a double down the right field line.

Apicella took the loss in game three after she surrendered six runs on five hits in 2.1 innings, before Victoria Capozucca and Cecilia Ehresman relieved her.

Elizabeth Python was the winning pitcher after going all five innings, striking out two and allowing only one hit.

CUA concludes the 2011 season with a record of 23-17, marking the Cardinals second consecutive 20-win season.  This marked the Cardinals third appearance in the conference tournament and second time they advanced to the championship round (2008).