CARDINALS SCORE WINNING RUN ON WILD PITCH

GETTYSBURG, PA--  Matt Rosner scored on a wild pitch and Patrick Cunningham earned the first save of his college career as Catholic University defeated Gettysburg College, 3-2 in 11 innings Thursday.

CUA (17-21-1) won the game despite stranding 15 runners on base and driving in one run. The Cards broke a scoreless tie in the third inning. After catcher Pete Yantosh walked, Bobby Picardo advanced Yantosh to second on a sacrifice bunt. Pedro Rivera smacked a double to left field, scoring Yantosh for a 1-0 CUA lead.

Gettysburg tied the game in the fourth off CUA starter Kevin Sweeney and took a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning when Christian Tintle's throwing error drove in an unearned run for the Bullets; however, the Cardinals executed brilliant baserunning in the ninth inning. After Rivera drew a leadoff walk, Joey Maca singled to put runners at first and third with one out. Maca and Rivera pulled off a double steal as Maca slid safely into second, allowing Rivera to score the tying run. The Bullets threatened to win the game in the ninth as leftfielder Mark Campo reached base on a throwing error and advanced to second. Campo advanced to third on a throwing error from Cardinal reliever Michael Schmidt. Schmidt recovered, forcing leadoff hitter Sean McGee to ground out to Maca and hold Campo at third. After striking out rightfielder Ben Carey, Schmidt forced a groundout to end the Gettysburg threat and send the game into extra innings.

After a scoreless 10th, Rivera walked to lead off the 11th inning, but was forced out at second on Rosner's grounder to pitcher Brian Pernice. Maca walked and Joe Benedetti was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Mike Ciancio relieved Pernice and struck out Jorge Wynne for the second out, but uncorked a wild pitch to score Rosner and give CUA a 3-2 lead.

Freshman Patrick Cunningham entered in the 11th and pitched a perfect inning, forcing two groundouts and striking out one to preserve the Cardinal victory and earn his first collegiate save.

CUA will conclude the 2006 season on Saturday, April 29 against Frostburg State at 1:00 p.m. Seniors Kevin Conley, Joe Benedetti, Michael Schmidt, Jorge Wynne, Adam Spisak, and Peter Doyle will play their final regular season game for Catholic University and will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

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