WASHINGTON – The Catholic University baseball team divided the Landmark Conference home opener twinbill with a 12-10 loss and a 3-2 victory against Scranton on Saturday.
Despite gathering 13 hits and 10 runs, and tying the contest in the bottom of the fourth and tallying the lead in the bottom of the fifth, Catholic came up short to Scranton. With an unmatched six runs in the top of the sixth, the Royals edged the Cardinals 12-10.
After a quick strike from Scranton, the Cardinals responded with two runs in the fifth. The Cardinals scored on a groundout by Mike and an RBI double by Wyatt Schmidt.
Scranton never surrendered the lead after the sixth inning, scoring six runs on two doubles.
Two runs in the bottom of the seventh allowed CUA to close their deficit to 12-10. An RBI double by John Palladino and a groundout by Nick Clary triggered the Cardinals' comeback. Scranton ended the game on a simple groundout to second base.
To tally their first conference win of the season, Paul Burmester turned a 2-2 tie into 3-2 with is second walk-off single of the week.
Burmester led the Cards at the plate with three hits on five at bats, and concluding with a single and a run.
Robin Mowatt successfully sustained the mound for the entire contest. Mowatt allowed no earned runs, five hits and one walk, while striking out five batters over nine innings of action.
Scranton took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, as the Cards chiseled away at the lead and tied the contest with single runs on the bottom of the third and fourth.
In the fourth, the Cardinals scored on an RBI single by Andrew Stewart, scoring Burmester.
Catholic wraps up the weekend event on Sunday at 11:00 a.m.