Catholic hits four homers in CAC win

Apr 14, 2003

WASHINGTON - Senior Mark Soisson was 2-for-4 with a home run and a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth as Catholic broke a three-game losing streak by defeating St. Mary's, 6-5, Monday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference game at Talbot Field. The Cardinals used four long balls in the victory.

Trailing 5-3 going into the seventh, Soisson led off the inning with his first homer of the season, a blast to left field.

In the eighth, junior Dan Conway, right, led off with his second long ball of the season down the right field line to tie the game at 5-5. After senior Justin Siller was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a Bernie Dennis groundout, Soisson stoked a double to the gap in left center scoring Siller to put the Cardinals up 6-5.

Sophomore McClain Tini (1-1), which came in the seventh relieving starter Doug Sherry, found himself with a runner on and two outs before closer Eric Cortina entered and notched down his second save by getting Luther Snow to groundout to end the game.

The Cardinals (17-12, 4-4 CAC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second as Dennis led off the inning with a solo shot, his first, off the scoreboard in left. Later in the inning after a sophomore Jason Funk double to right, freshman Joe Benedetti stepped to the plate smacked his second homer of the season, a two-run blast down the left field line.

St. Mary's would cross two runs in the fifth and then tie it at 3-3 on Andrew Sohn's RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Sherry went 6.2 innings giving up nine hits, five runs (two earned) while walking three and fanning four. After giving up back-to-back runs with Snow's RBI double giving the Seahawks (7-13, 1-5 CAC) a 5-3 lead, Tini came in and did not allow a hit over two innings.

Snow (2-for-5, run, RBI) and Brandon Rist (2-for-4, run) were two of the Seahawks with two hits apiece.

The Cardinals are back at it tomorrow with a non-league game with Randolph-Macon at Talbot Field at 3:30 p.m.

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