Fredricksburg, Va. - Less than a week after meeting in Myrtle Beach, The Catholic University of America battled the University of Mary Washington again, this time in Fredericksburg, VA. Despite a ninth inning comeback to tie the game, the Cardinals could not land the knockout blow, eventually falling in the bottom of the 10th.
The game got off to a rocky start, as two errors in the first inning led to three unearned runs, capped by a 2 RBI single from shortstop Nykolai Ellis. Both teams' offenses went quiet until the fifth, when sophomore Jake Crist walked with the bases loaded and freshman Bailey Lewis followed with a single to right, scoring seniors John Palladino and Eric Scamardella.
The Eagles responded in the bottom of the inning breaking the short-lived tie when Mitch Moynihan knocked in two on a single to right field.
The Cards trailed by two heading into the ninth inning. Lewis continued his strong offensive performance by lacing a clutch 2 RBI double to left field, tying the game at 6 a piece. However, the Cardinals could not push another run across, as Erik Jorgensen came in and shut down the bats, allowing no hits in 1.2 innings.
The Cardinals and Eagles headed into extra innings and Catholic was held to no hits in the top of the 10th. With no outs, the Eagles loaded the bases, and Ellis cracked a walk-off single into right field.
With the loss, Catholic falls to 3-4 on the year, with three of those losses coming by a single run. Junior Joseph Salzano threw 2.2 innings on the day, allowing one run in relief of starter David Gately.
The Cardinals will conclude their road trip on Wednesday, March 9 when they travel to Stevenson University. They will then return home to host Hood College in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 12 and a single game against St. Mary's College (MD) on Sunday, March 13.