Cardinals drop Landmark opening doubleheader to Greyhounds

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – CUA dropped its first two games of Landmark Conference play against Moravian, falling 5-2 in the opener and 16-1 in game two on Saturday.  CUA finished with 19 hits between the two games, but was only able to push three runs across.

Moravian struck first in game one, scoring a single run in the bottom of the first.  Austin Rock’s two-out single brought home Dave Zubia, but CUA answered with a run in the second.  Mike McFarland’s sac fly plated Brendan Breslin and tied things at one.

Marc Hanna came home on a Moravian error in the third inning and the Cardinals were on top.

The lead was short-lived though, with the Greyhounds scoring three times in the bottom half to go on top 4-2.  Zubia drove in one of the runs with a groundout, Daniel Seitzinger came home on a wild pitch and Gregg Steinman drove in a run with a single.

Moravian added another run in the sixth to go on top by three, but CUA did not go away quietly in the seventh.  Dave Grear singled with one out and was replaced by pinch runner Dan Haus.

Breslin then singled to put two runners on, but the next two batters were retired and the Greyhounds had taken the first game.

Andrew Carroll took the loss for CUA after allowing three earned runs in 2.1 innings, while Tommy Mariano went all seven innings for Moravian, striking out four during that time, to earn the win.

CUA took the first lead of game two when Matt Grieb singled home Tommy Little with two outs in the first, but the Greyhounds took over from there.

Moravian scored twice in the first inning and three more times in the second to open up an early 5-1 lead.

The Greyhounds then blew things open with a six-run sixth to sweep the doubleheader.

Brendan Close went all seven innings for Moravian in the nightcap, allowing  just one run, while striking out 10.  Adam Schroth was dealt the loss after he allowed five runs in 2.0 innings.

The teams will wrap up their three-game set on Sunday morning beginning at 11.

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