Burmester Hits Grand Slam, Cards Top Blazers 4-3, 5-2, in Double Header

Burmester Hits Grand Slam, Cards Top Blazers 4-3, 5-2, in Double Header

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America baseball team added two wins to their 2016 record when they topped Hood College in a double header at Robert J. Talbot Field on Saturday afternoon. The first game ended 4-3 and the second 5-2, both in favor of the Cardinals.

After three open innings, the Blazers struck in the top of the third. With two runners in scoring position and no outs, Hood sophomore Cam Esposito hit an RBI-single. Fellow sophomore Brooks Warrenfeltz followed with a single of his own to bring home two runs.

The Cards retired the next three batters and answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning, the score reading 4-3.

Sophomore Jake Crist made it across the plate first for the Cards when senior Andrew Stewart drove him home on a single.  With a runner on third sophomore Matt Hsiung tallied an RBI when the Blazer's shortstop failed to field the ball, scoring freshman Bailey Lewis. A fielding error from Hood's first baseman scored Stewart, crediting freshman Ryan Tracy with the RBI. The Cards took the lead with their fourth run of the inning, as sophomore Danny O'Hagan reached first base on a fielders choice to score Hsiung.

Five Cardinals saw time on the rubber with sophomore David Gately making the start, throwing four strikeouts in 1.2 innings. Freshman Collin Brown threw 1.2 innings with three strikeouts. Sophomore Sean Carrol took the mound for 0.2 innings, earning his first win of the 2016 season. Junior Mark Duffy pitched two and fellow junior Joseph Salzano closed the game for CUA.

The Cards earned all five of their runs in the first inning of game two. With the bases loaded and one out, Stewart was walked, scoring senior John Palladino. Junior Paul Burmester stepped to the plate and crushed a grand slam over the left center wall. Stewart, Crist, senior Eric Scamardella, and Burmester all came across home plate for a CUA five run advantage.

The Cards held the Blazers through the final inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Hood freshman Quinn Fulton sent a two run double into right field. The seventh inning surge was not enough to top the Cards, as freshman Jon Mierzwa caught the next batter looking for the CUA victory.

Junior Karan Sinha pitched six scoreless innings for the Cards in game two, earning his first win of the season. Mierzwa closed, pitching the final inning, with two strikeouts.

Catholic travels to St. Mary's (Md.), Sunday, March, 13, to take on the Seahawks at 1 p.m.