Cardinals take series from Juniata after 7-4 win

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The Cardinals closed out their Landmark Conference series at Juniata with a 7-4 win on Saturday afternoon. CUA scored two runs in the 1st and then pulled away with five more in the 3rd to improve to 17-8 overall and 6-3 in the Landmark.

The Cardinals jumped out in front with two runs in the top of the 1st. After Dan Hinchcliff was hit by a pitch and stole second, Charlie Dillon singled, and a Juniata error allowed both runners to come all the way around.

Hinchcliff got CUA going in the 3rd when he led off with an infield single. Dillon followed with another single, and Hinchcliff moved over to third. Mark Kalokitis was then hit by a pitch, loading the bases.

After the next two batters were retired, Chris McCloud singled to bring in two runs and give CUA a 4-0 advantage. Marc Hanna then delivered a two-run triple and the lead was six.

Stefan Poggioli got into the act with a RBI single to right, bringing in Hanna and giving the Cards a seven-run cushion.

Juniata got on the board for the first time with a single run in its half of the 3rd, and the Eagles added another run in the 5th to make it 7-2.

In the 7th, Hanna ripped a two-out double and Poggioli reached on an infield single, putting runners on the corners. Brendan Breslin pinch hit for Nick Scali, but he grounded into a fielder’s choice, ending the threat.

The Eagles scored once in the 7th and were threatening to add more with the bases loaded and two outs, before Rob Steinkopf got Jimmy Szamski to fly out.

Juniata continued to hang around, bringing in another run in the 8th on Chris Sinisi’s double, to close within three.

Chris Nee worked a scoreless 9th for CUA though, and picked up his sixth save of the season in the process.

Colin Kelly improved to 4-1 on the hill for the Cards after he threw four innings of one-run baseball, while Josh Martin went 2.2 innings in relief.

Juniata starter Mario DeYulis was dealt the loss after he surrendered seven runs on five hits in 2.2 innings of action.

CUA is back in action on Wednesday, April 3 when the Cardinals play host to nationally ranked Salisbury. Start time is set for 3:30 p.m.

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