CUA drops a pair at Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA dropped a doubleheader at Scranton on Saturday, falling to the Royals 5-4 in the opener and 7-4 in the nightcap. The Cardinals held the lead in both contests, but Scranton was able to overcome early deficits to complete the sweep. Following today's action, CUA is 25-14 overall and 11-6 in the Landmark Conference.

In game one, CUA got on the board first, scoring once in the 2nd when Brendan Breslin doubled in Chris McCloud.

The Royals came right back with two runs in the bottom of the frame to go in front 2-1.

Scranton then made it 5-1 after pushing three runs across in the 3rd, including a two-run double from Ray Grapsy.

CUA rallied for three runs in the 5th, pulling to within 5-4. Dan Hinchcliff got the Cards started with a one-out single and moved down to second on Nick Scali's sacrifice bunt.

A single by Pat DeToro put runners on the corners, and a Royals error allowed CUA's second run of the day to come across. DeToro then stole home, and another Scranton error brought in Stefan Poggioli to bring the Cards within a run.

After going down in order in the 6th, CUA put the lead off hitter on in the 7th. But, Hinchcliff was caught trying to steal third and DeToro flew out to right to end it.

Robin Mowatt had a rough afternoon on the hill for CUA, allowing five runs on nine hits in just two innings of action.

Robert Della Polla went all seven innings for the home team, striking out six and allowing just one earned run.

Like they did in the opener, the Cards jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two. Nick Clary's RBI single in the 1st brought around DeToro to put CUA on top.

The lead reached three in the 4th inning when CUA scored two more times. Clary led off with a double and came home on McCloud's RBI single, and Mark Kalokitis then drove in McCloud with a double of his own.

Scranton answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to go in front by one. Michael Amaturo, Eric Pizzico, Michael Trabulsi and Michael Umerich all notched run-scoring hits during the frame.

The Royals then added three more runs in the 5th to open up a 7-3 lead.

CUA tried mounting a comeback in the 7th, but was able to score just once, and fell by a count of 7-4. Liam Joyce drove in the Cardinals final run with a single.

Kevin Farley took the loss for CUA this time around, allowing seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.

Corey Gorman threw the second complete game in as many tries for Scranton, fanning eight and allowing four runs in seven innings of work.

On Sunday, the Cardinals and Royals will play a nine-inning game, beginning at 11 a.m.

CUA will then host the 2013 Landmark Conference Tournament at Talbot Field on May 4-6. The Cards first game is set for 11 a.m. on May 4 against an opponent to be determined.

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