FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College softball team (8-27) was swept by Catholic University (17-11) in a wild doubleheader Sunday. The first game stole the show as it went 11 innings, tying Hood's longest game in team history. Catholic would score two runs in the 11th to secure the victory and followed it with a 6-0 shutout in game two.
Game one of the double-header featured an 11-inning game that became more entertaining the longer the game went. The Blazers came out of the gates swinging with two runs in the bottom of the first. The designated player Caity Battey knocked in a run while Jackie Yurchak scored on a fielder's choice to give Hood an early 2-0 lead.
Catholic countered with four consecutive runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take a 4-2 lead. Nina Curto hit a two-run double in the third inning to tie the game at two. Curto also scored a run in the fifth off a base hit from Monica Peters.
The Blazers answered though in the sixth inning as they scored two runs off of three hits to tie the game at four. Jackie Wenzel and Casey Dunn each came up with big base hits to knock in the runs for the blue-and-grey.
Little did the players or fans know the game would still have five innings to be played after the Blazers tied it in the sixth.
Each team's starting pitcher went the distance and both pitched well throughout the extra innings. Hood's Alison Schuetz struck out three batters and gave up just nine hits in 11 innings of work. Schuetz was opposed by Erin McMakin, who also went all 11 innings, giving up 12 hits, striking out two batters, and surrendering five walks.
Catholic broke the deadlock in the top of the 11th with a home run off the bat of Taylor Stockinger. Schuetz left a fastball over the plate that Stockinger connected with and crushed over the left-centerfield fence. Hood tried to come back in the bottom of the inning as Dunn knocked in her second run of the day with a single to keep the Blazers' hopes alive. Hood was unable to capitalize though as McMakin got the last two outs she needed to win the first game for Catholic.
The Blazers were unable to solve their hitting woes from the extra innings of game one as they were held scoreless in game two. Hood managed just three hits as Catholic pitcher Kerri Apicella shut down the Blazer offense. Catholic had 14 hits for six runs off Hood starting pitcher Jennifer Rutherford. They scored three quick runs in the first inning and never looked back in taking the second game 6-0.
Hood returns to action this Tuesday when it begins play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The game will take place at Salisbury as Hood will look to defeat the Sea Gulls for the first time this season. The game is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.
May 1, 2012 Kelly Gafner Named Second Team All-CAC
April 26, 2012 Hood Softball Wraps Up 2012 Season Against McDaniel
April 24, 2012 Tuesday's Softball Doubleheader Moved to Thursday
April 15, 2012 Catholic Beats Hood in 11 Innings, Sweeps Blazers
April 13, 2012 Mt. Aloysius Sweeps Hood Softball, 8-4 and 8-6
April 11, 2012 Kelly Gafner Featured on CAC Website
April 9, 2012 Falcons Take Two From Hood Softball, 9-3 and 10-3
April 6, 2012 Hood Beaten Twice by Stevenson
April 3, 2012 Blazers Split With Gettysburg
April 1, 2012 Softball Splits With Wesley in CAC Twinbill
March 30, 2012 Softball Bows to Spartans, 6-2 and 3-2
March 28, 2012 Eagles Sweep Blazer Softball, 14-1 (5) and 5-0 (6)
March 16, 2012 Softball Finishes Spring Break Trip With 3-6 Record
March 13, 2012 Softball Goes 1-2 in Three NTC Games on Tuesday
March 12, 2012 Softball Splits with F&M, Minnesota-Morris in Clermont
March 11, 2012 Sunday's Softball Games in Clermont Rained Out
March 6, 2012 Jennifer Rutherford Selected as CAC Pitcher of the Week
February 25, 2012 Bridgewater Sweeps Season-Opening Doubleheader from Hood, 9-1 and 8-1
January 11, 2012 Hood Softball to Host More Hitting and Pitching Clinics in January
January 5, 2012 Terry Burdette Promoted to Head Softball Coach
December 8, 2011 Hood Softball to Host Coaching Clinic in January
August 29, 2011 Hood Softball to Host Hitting, Pitching Clinics in September