March 27, 2013

Late rally by Shoremen sends CUA to 9-6 loss

WASHINGTON – After pulling ahead of Washington College with two runs in the bottom of the 7th, CUA saw the Shoremen score four times in the 9th en route to a 9-6 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. CUA trailed for most of the game before taking a 6-5 lead in the 7th, only to see WC go back in front two innings later.

The Shoremen jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st when Tyler Cotterell scored on an error, before CUA tied things at one with a run in the 2nd. Marc Hanna's sacrifice fly drove in Nick Clary for the Cards first run.

Washington College went right back in front with two runs in the 3rd, and the Shoremen added two more runs in the 6th to open up a 5-1 advantage.

The Cardinals got three of the runs back in the bottom of the frame to pull within one. Mark Kalokitis led things off with a walk and moved down to second on Nick Clary's single. A walk to Chris McCloud then loaded the bases.

Charlie Dillon's single plated Kalokitis to make it 5-2 and a bases loaded walk to Hanna brought in CUA's third run of the afternoon.

A ground out by Wes Stonelake brought in the Cards' fourth run as they closed to within one.

CUA took its first lead of the day with two runs in the 7th, beginning with a one-out double by Kalokitis. Clary drove in Kalokitis with a single to tie things at five, and moved down to second on the throw home.

Clary moved over to third on a wild pitch and came across on McCloud's sac fly to right, making it 6-5 Cardinals.

Following a scoreless 8th, Washington College pushed four runs across in the 9th to go on top by three.

Joe Willis reached with one out on a CUA error and was replaced by pinch runner Mike Festa. Nick Marinelli then singled, and Cotterell followed with a single of his own, which plated Festa.

Another run-scoring single, this one coming from Bryan Baquer, brought in two Shoremen to give the visitors an 8-6 lead. The final run of the day came across on a fielder's choice, putting CUA in a three-run deficit heading to the final half-inning.

Washington College retired the Cards in order in the 9th, snapping CUA's four-game win streak.

Hawkins DuBois worked the final two innings in relief for Washington College and earned the win after striking out two and not allowing any runs.

Chris Nee suffered the loss for CUA after allowing four runs on three hits in one inning of work.

CUA now heads to Huntingdon, Pa. on Friday afternoon for a Landmark Conference doubleheader against Juniata. Start time is set for 1 p.m.

The Cardinals and Eagles will then play one, nine-inning game on Saturday at noon.

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