Catholic 5, York 4

March 21, 2002


Doug Sherry went the final two innings for his second save of the year.

WASHINGTON - Catholic ended a three-game losing streak as senior Brian Pietryka's (Columbia, Md./Hammond) RBI single in the seventh proved to be the deciding run and CUA took advantage of six York errors to defeat the Spartans 5-4 in a CAC game at Robert J. Talbot Field on Thursday afternoon. The win avenges a 9-1 loss handed by the Spartans last Saturday in York, Pa.

Justin Siller (Staten Island, N.Y./Monsignor Farrell) was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI and a run scored. The junior gave CUA (12-7-1, 3-3 CAC) a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, by hitting his first home run of the season, with two-run blast to right field.

York (8-5, 1-1 CAC) answered in the second when Seth Murphy hit a two-run shot to right off of CUA starter Adam Weiss (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Farmingdale) to tie it at 2-2. Weiss would settle down the rest of the way to pick up his team-leading fifth win as the junior totaled seven innings, giving up three runs while striking out five and walking none.

Tom Bender's solo blast to right in the fifth gave York a 3-2 lead but senior Baha Azimirad (Gaithersburg, Md./Watkins Mill) answered with a big two-out RBI single in the sixth.

Bernard Dennis (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) led off the seventh by reaching base on a throwing error by YCP reliever Ed Meister and advancing to second on the throw. Meister would err again by balking, allowing Dennis to move to third. After a Mike Pomfret (East Hampton, Conn./Xavier) walk, Catholic tried to steal second but Spartan catcher J.P. Gallo's throw went into center field allowing Dennis to score. Two batters later, Pietryka knocked in Pomfret for a 5-3 lead.

In the eighth, York's Travis Gaidos hit a lead-off solo home run to right off of reliever Doug Sherry (Millersville, Md./Severna Park), cutting the lead to one run. Sherry would clamp down the rest of the way including a big double play turned in the top of the ninth to earn the save.

Catholic resumes action tomorrow as they travel to Gettysburg for a non-league matchup at 3 p.m.

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