Catholic Beats Hood in 11 Innings, Sweeps Blazers

Casey Dunn

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.

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