WASHINGTON - Coming off a Saturday night loss, The Catholic University of America baseball team fell 1-0 to Elizabethtown College in game one of a double header on Sunday afternoon. The team avoided a Landmark Conference three-game sweep by coming out on top 3-2 in game two.
David Gately took the mound in game one, pitching all seven innings, throwing three strike outs and giving up just one hit.
Elizabethtown scored their first and only run of the early afternoon in the top of the third inning with a line drive into centerfield.
The Cardinals were unable to record a run in the remaining innings, ending the game 1-0, for CUA's second loss of the season.
The Blue Jays looked strong in game two scoring one run in the top of the second and fifth for a 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals escaped the conference sweep with three-run fifth inning to go ahead 3-2.
Gately lead off the inning with a double to left field and while stealing third the E-town catcher overthrew the third baseman allowing Gately to score. Andrew Stewart then sent a single to left field and Mike McFarland reach first after a sacrifice bunt and fielding error, and Thien-Quoc Tran came in to pinch run. Dan Hinchliff stepped into the batter's box next and was walked to load the bases.
With the bases loaded, no outs and the score 2-1 in favor of the Blue Jays, Padula sent a grounder to the pitcher who chose to get Stewart out at home and the bases remained loaded. Wyatt Schmidt sent a line drive down the left field line to score Tran and Hinchcliff to go ahead 3-2 before the Blue Jays got the last two outs of the inning.
Kyle Hassen made the start on the mound for the Cards, pitching four innings with two strikeouts. Karan Sinha came in to relieve Hassen, pitching one inning and earning the win while Joseph Salzano pitched the final two innings with three strikeouts for the save.
Catholic will head to Washington College for a mid-week match-up on Tuesday, March 24 at 3:30 p.m.