Cardinals Down #26 Salisbury
CUA improves to 1-1 in conference play
WASHINGTON - Catholic University baseball used strong fielding to get the 5-1 victory over the #26 Salisbury Sea Gulls (13-2, 1-1 CAC) Wednesday afternoon. The Cards rebounded from a tough 12-2 loss at the hands of the Sea Gulls last Saturday improving their record to 1-1 in Capital Athletic Conference play.
The CUA pitchers allowed Salisbury to make contact while the Cardinal defense cleanly fielded each ball to get the easy out. The outfield combined for 14 put outs in a game that only saw 36 batters. On the offensive end Catholic University scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth to take a comfortable lead. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) had two RBI in the third when he hit a long double that drove in Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) and Pedro Rivera (Fort Hood, Texas/Paint Branch). In the next inning, Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) had a pair of RBI of his own after knocking a two-run homer out of the park.
Salisbury managed one run in the fifth but with every Cardinal pitching change came a new arsenal to stymie the Sea Gull batters. CUA's final run of the day came in the eighth after Rivera got a hit and was methodically sent around the bases finally crossing the plate on a Quintana sacrifice fly. That run made the final 5-1 in favor of the Cards.
CUA had five hits to Salisbury's seven with Rivera going 1-2 and Quintana going 1-1. Quintana collected three RBI for the game as well. On the mound, the five CUA pitchers had just two total strikeouts but only walked three. The Salisbury corps combined for four strikeouts and two walks for the game.
The Cards are back in action on Saturday at Villa Julie. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.