March 21, 2012

Cardinals get back on winning track by downing Shoremen

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – CUA snapped its three-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over Washington College on Wednesday.  The Cardinals scored five runs in the first inning, but the Shoremen battled back to eventually tie things at six in the bottom of the eighth.  CUA then pushed two runs across in the ninth to earn the win.

CUA's win snapped Washington College's 12-game winning streak, which was the Shoremen's longest in 75 years.  The Cardinals got things going with a five-run first inning, which began with a Tommy Little single and Tim Mierzwa walk.

A Shoremen error brought home Little for a 1-0 CUA lead and Matt Grieb's ground out scored Mierzwa for a 2-0 lead.

Colin McCarthy then doubled in two more runs and Dan Sullivan followed with a double of his own to make it 5-0 Cardinals.

The two teams saw their pitching take over for the next several innings, before Washington College got on the board in the fifth with a single run.  Cy Daniel Wu's single to left field plated Tyler Cotterell and cut CUA's lead to four.

The Shoremen pushed two more runs across in the sixth to make it a two-run game, but CUA answered with a single run in the top of the seventh.  Mike Gannon led the frame off with a bunt single, and he moved down to second on Little's sacrifice bunt.

A balk then moved Gannon over to third and Marc Hanna's two-out single upped CUA's lead to 6-3.

Washington College got one of the runs back in the bottom of the seventh, and in the eighth, the Shoremen tied things at six with two more runs.

WC did all of its damage with two outs, beginning with a Cotterell single.  Ryan Normoyle, who reached on a fielder's choice earlier in the inning, came home on the single to make it 6-5, and Cotterell eventually came around on a Cardinals error to tie things at six.

Like they did in the first inning, Little and Mierzwa both got on to begin the ninth, and the CUA rally was underway.  Little was then caught stealing though, and after Hanna struck out, the Cardinals were down to their final out.

Grieb was next and he got hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second, before Mark Kalokitis delivered an RBI single to put CUA in front by one.  Grieb then stole home to give the Cards a two-run lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Brian Alexa led off and was hit by a pitch.  A two-out single by Sean Connole put runners on first and second, but CUA hurler Thomas Travaglia got Nick Marinelli to ground out and the Cardinals had earned win No. 11.

Travaglia earned the win for CUA after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing just a single hit.  Tom Egan got the start and went 6.0 innings, striking out one and allowing three runs during that time.

Washington College's Michael Long started for the Shoremen and went 4.0 innings before leaving, while Hunter Draheim suffered the loss after allowing one run in one-third of an inning.

CUA finished with nine hits, with McCarthy leading the way with two RBI and Mierzwa scoring two of the Cardinals eight runs.

CUA is back in action this weekend when the Cardinals travel to Madison, N.J. to face the Drew Rangers in a three-game set.  On Saturday, the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon, and on Sunday CUA and Drew will face off in a single game starting at 11 a.m.

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