WASHINGTON- After a 25-7 victory over St. Mary's College (Md.) on Tuesday, The Catholic University of America baseball team fell 7-3 to Marymount University on Wednesday evening.
The Cardinals and Saints, collectively, retired the first 12 batters of the game before each scoring two runs in the third inning. Catholic junior Karan Sinha started on the mound and caught three Saints swinging in their first six at-bats.
Marymount earned two runs in the top of the third before Catholic brought two home in the bottom of the inning. After hitting a single, sophomore Matt Hsiung advanced to third with a hit from senior Kevin Nader before coming home on an RBI single from classmate John Palladino. The Cards loaded the bases and freshman Bailey Lewis was hit by a pitch to score Nader, bringing the score to 2-2 after three innings.
Marymount took a 4-2 lead with a two-run fifth inning. Catholic tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring sophomore Jake Crist on an RBI-single from classmate Danny O'Hagan. With the tying run on second base the Saints retired the batters, leaving two runners on base and maintaining the lead. They scored three more in the ninth, and retired three of the four batters in the bottom half of the inning to leave the nation's capital with a 7-3 victory.
Sinha was charged with the loss after pitching 4.1 innings with four Ks. Junior Joe Kelly pitched 2.2 innings of relief, facing 11 batters, before classmate Mark Duffy took the rubber for an inning. Junior closer, Joseph Salzano, pitched the final inning for the Cards.
Catholic with head into its final Landmark Conference Series of the year, beginning Saturday, April 30, hosting Juniata at 1 p.m. The Cards and Eagles will play a double header Saturday followed by a nine inning game on Sunday, May, 1.