Timely hitting, strong defense lead CUA to sweep of Drew

Timely hitting, strong defense lead CUA to sweep of Drew

WASHINGTON – CUA swept its second straight doubleheader on Saturday afternoon downing Drew 5-4 and 6-2 in a pair of Landmark Conference games.  Tracey Scanlon made a terrific diving catch to end the first game and in the nightcap the Cardinals scored five runs over the course of the second and third innings to improve to 4-2 in the conference.

CUA jumped on top of Drew in game number one with a single run in the bottom of the first inning.  Kristen Trancynger's RBI drove in Taylor Stockinger to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead.

Three more CUA runs in the third put the home team in front 4-0.  A bases loaded walk to Megan Rizzi plated the Cardinals first run of the frame and Trancynger brought home two more runs with a single to center field.

Drew cut the Cardinals lead to one with three runs of its own in the top half of the fifth inning.  The big blow came off the bat of Brooke Gagliano who laced a two-out double to left field that cleared the bases and made it a 4-3 game.

CUA got one of the runs back in its half of the inning when Erin McMakin singled back up the middle to bring home Trancynger.

In the top of the seventh with CUA leading 5-3 Gagliano struck again, this time with an RBI single to make it a one-run game.  Lexi Forsell was next and she drilled a pitch to right center that Scanlon made a terrific play on, laying out for the game's final out and a CUA win.

Kerri Apicella went all seven innings to earn the win for the Cardinals as she struck out nine and scattered six hits.  Adriana Durso took the loss after walking five and allowing five runs in six innings of work.

In game two it was Drew that took the first lead with a single run in the top half of the second, but CUA came right back to tie things on a Meagan Daubman single in the bottom half.

The Rangers went back in front with another single run in the top of the third but the Cardinals answered again, this time with three runs during their turn at bat.  Rizzi singled in Stockinger and McMakin delivered a two-run double to left to put CUA in front 4-2 after three.

Two more runs by CUA in the fourth made it a 6-2 game as Stockinger doubled in Jillian Zic and Mel Galella brought home Stockinger with a double of her own.

From there McMakin did the rest, shutting the Drew offense for the final three innings to earn the win in the circle.  She finished with six Ks and only allowed three hits and two earned runs.

Durso suffered the loss for the Rangers after giving up six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings.

On Sunday CUA will host Hood in another doubleheader.  First pitch of game one is slated for 1 p.m.