WASHINGTON – The Catholic University of America baseball team snapped its four-game losing stint with a 14-7 win over McDaniel on the efforts of five RBIs from Nick Clary and four runs, two hits and two RBI on four at bats from John Palladino.
CUA scored in 7-out-of-the-9 innings on Thursday, opening the contest with four runs in the top of the first. With Paul Burmester up to bat, the freshman struck out swinging, but advanced to first on a pass ball, scoring Brett Padula. Schmidt scored the second run of the inning off of Marc Hanna's double to right center field. Hanna rounded the bases when Clary singled to second on a bunt. John Palladino closed out the top of the first on an unearned run with Dan Hinchcliff up to bat.
The Cards advanced the lead to a 7-0 advantage in the second inning. Palladino, who recorded his third triple of the season, notched two RBIs by sending Hanna and Schmidt home. Clary doubled to center field, scoring Palladino and rounding out the inning.
McDaniel answered back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth for a score of 7-4.
The mighty black and red scored single runs in the top of the fourth, fifth and sixth, while registering another three runs in the top of the eighth.
Today's victory advances CUA to 10-9 overall and 1-6 on the road.
The Cardinals return to conference action with a two-day three-game road contest against the Drew Rangers on March 29 and 30.