WASHINGTON - On Monday, March 9, day two of The Catholic University of America baseball team's South Carolina spring break trip, the Cards knocked down the College of Staten Island 9-7.
After two games CUA now sits at 2-0 on the 2015 season while CSI drops to 2-2 on the year.
The Cards looked as though they would see a quick first at-bat as the Dolphins brought down the first two hitters. With two outs on the board in the bottom of the first, CUA's 2014 First-Team All-Landmark selection, Paul Burmester drove a solo homer over the fence to put the Cards on the board, 1-0. A John Palladino single and stolen base, followed by a walk to Eric Scamardella kept the Cards alive for Dan Hinchcliff to drive them both home on a two-RBI double to take the 3-0 lead.
Catholic would go on to score runs in six of the eight and a half inning played over the afternoon.
Durning the bottom of the third with two outs, Hinchcliff batted in his third RBI of the day, sending Burmester over the plate while Wyatt Schmitt hit an RBI double in the fourth inning to bring in Jimmy Davis.
In the fifth inning, Jake Crist, batting seventh, and David Gately, batting eight, each stepped into the batter's box and launched back-to-back RBI triples, to earn their first CUA career hits. Crist drove in Scamardella and Palladino, respectively, and was then was brought home by Gately.
With the scoreboard reading 9-7 in favor of the Cardinals heading into the top of the ninth the Dolphins tried to make a comeback. CSI had bases loaded and a no outs and CUA put closer, Joseph Salzano, on the mound. Salzano escaped the no-out jam by striking out the next two batters, while the third grounded out to first base, for his second save of the season.
Karan Sinha opened the game with his first career start on the mound for Catholic. Sinha earned the win, pitching 6.1 innings with six K's.
The Cardinals take on Mt. Aloysius in the next spring break game at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.