WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America baseball team swept Juniata College with back-to-back shut outs (3-0, 6-0) on Saturday afternoon. These victories marked Catholic head baseball coach Ross Natoli's 600th career win with the Cardinals.
Senior Colin Kelly opened on the mound for Catholic in game one for his fourth win of the season. Kelly dealt eight strikeouts in six innings before junior Joseph Salzano closed, throwing two Ks in the final inning. Salzano recorded his seventh save of 2016.
Freshman Jon Mierzwa pitched all seven innings of game two, giving up just one hit and dealing a season high 13 strikeouts.
The Eagles got nothing across in seven innings and the Cardinals insured their win with a 2-RBI double from Lewis in the bottom of the fifth.
In game two, the Cards continued their momentum scoring a pair of runs in the first and second innings. Two more came across the plate for Catholic in the fourth and Juniata was unable to score as the Cards earned their second shut out of the day.
Lewis tallied an additional RBI in game two, while Schmidt and classmate John Palladino each earned two.
The Cardinals and Eagles will continue their three game series at 3 p.m., on Sunday, May 1 at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.