February 25, 2012

Cardinals earn a split with Swarthmore after dropping game one

WASHINGTON – On a cold and extremely windy afternoon, CUA split a doubleheader with Swarthmore on Saturday at Talbot Field.  The Cardinals dropped game one 7-0, but battled back to earn a 12-6 victory in the nightcap.

In game one, Swarthmore jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first.  Mike Cameron and Tim Kwilos drove in runs for the Garnet.

The lead grew to four in the third when Sean Bryant laced a two-run single to put the visitors on top 4-0.

Swarthmore then added a single run in the fourth and put things away with two more runs in the seventh.  Nicko Burnett led the seventh off with a home run and Kwilos came around on a wild pitch to set the final margin at seven.

Ignacio Rodriguez went all seven innings on the mound for Swarthmore, striking out eight and allowing only three hits during that time.  Andrew Carroll suffered the loss for CUA after allowing five runs in 3.1 innings of work.

In the second game of the day, CUA was the team that jumped out early, scoring three times in its first at-bat.

Mark Kalokitis singled home Marc Hanna to get the Cardinals on the board, and Brendan Breslin followed with a double to drive in Kalokitis.  Dave Grear then roped a single to put the home team in front by three.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the second when Tommy Little and Kalokitis recorded RBIs.

A two-run single by Matt Grieb in the third then made it 7-0 CUA, and two more runs in the fourth upped the margin to nine.  Dan Sullivan and Tim Mierzwa were the run producers in the fourth frame for CUA.

CUA all but sealed this one in the fifth, when three Cardinals crossed home plate.  Colin McCarthy and Beriah Smith both drove in runs, while Dan Hinchliff scored the third run on a bases loaded walk.

Adam Schroth picked up the win for CUA, after going 4.2 innings and striking out three.  Rob Steinkopf, Brian Cahill and John D'Alessandro came out of the bullpen to preserve the win for the Cardinals.

Grear and Kalokitis finished with two hits apiece to lead the offense, while Grieb and Kalokitis drove in two runs apiece.

CUA is right back at work on Sunday when the Cardinals welcome Muhlenberg to town.  First pitch from Talbot Field is set for 1 p.m.

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