LEESBURG, Fla. – The Catholic University softball team (2-2) won both of their games on day two of The Spring Games, taking down Bridgewater State University (1-3) and Newbury College (0-2) on Sunday.
Game 1: Catholic 4, Bridgewater State 2
Sophomore Sophie Maccarone hit a game-winning two-run home run to lead the Cardinals to their first victory of the season. Sophomore Taylor Forgen led the team at the plate, going three for three with three singles. The Catholic pitching staff also had a strong performance, junior Sabrina Scott got the win, while sophomore Allie Lajeunesse entered the game in the seventh inning to seal the victory and earn a save.
The Cardinals got on the board first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Freshman Marissa Bruder led off with a single to get things started. Forgen then singled, advancing Bruder to third and continued on to score on a throwing error by the shortstop. Sophomore Makayla Czan followed with an RBI to score Forgen and give the Catholic a 2-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Lajeunesse drew the walk before being ruled out at second on a fielder's choice from junior Kacie Badolato. Then came the crucial swing from Maccarone, a two-run home run with two outs, which would hold as the game-winning hit for the Cards.
Bridgewater State responded, scoring a run off of five hits in the top of the third and another run in the fourth to pull within two.
The fifth and sixth innings were played evenly for both teams with strong defensive play, not allowing any runs.
In the top of the seventh, Lajeunesse entered the circle to close the game. After a double for the Bears, putting runners at second and third with one out, Lajeunesse went to work forcing a fly ball to center field for the second out. The runner on third for Bridgewater attempted to tag up on the play but was ruled out for leaving early to end the game.
Game 2: Catholic 21, Newbury 3
Catholic recorded 21 runs off of 20 hits in their second win of the season over Newbury College. Sophomore Taylor Forgen went two for two with two RBI's and three runs, while sophomore Juliet Lodes went four for five with three runs scored.
The Cardinals came out swinging, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Freshman Marissa Bruder led off with a single and then stole second. Forgen drew the walk before sophomore Makayla Czan singled to right field to load the bases. Bruder then scored off of a wild pitch. Junior Sabrina Scott was walked before sophomore Giselle Diaz came up with a big single to right field to score Forgen and Czan. The Cards were not done there, junior Kacie Badolato came to the plate and hit a single to right field to tack on two more runs, scoring Diaz and Scott.
The Nighthawks answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs on three hits.
The Cards went right back to business into the second inning, scoring 11 runs on 12 hits. Forgen got the inning started with a single to the right side. Czan was then walked before sophomore Juliet Lodes singled on a base hit bunt to load the bases. Scott recorded an RBI with a single to left field to score Forgen, and Czan scored on a throwing error to the plate. Sophomore Allie Lajeunesse followed with single to score Lodes from second base. On a base hit bunt from junior Kacie Badolato, Scott scored for the Cardinals to take a 9-3 lead with no outs.
Bruder returned to the plate and singled down the first base line to score Lajeunesse and Badolato. Forgen then doubled to right center scoring Bruder and freshman Bella Ronca, who reached first on a walk. Scott singled to the right side scoring Forgen, to take a 15-3 lead. Ronca tallied her first career hit with a single down the first base line to score the final run of the second inning.
Catholic tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Freshman Elizabeth Dew and rookie Anika Metcalf, both recorded one RBI, scoring Diaz who reached on an error, and sophomore Sophie Maccarone who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Lajeunesse after drawing a walk.
The Cardinals scored one more run in the top of the fifth, and had a strong three up, three down inning to close out the game. Junior Claire Sturek earned the win for the Cards, only allowing two hits and striking out six.
Catholic is back in action on Tuesday, March 12 against No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m. followed by a game against Nebraska Wesleyan.