Cards Go 4-3 in Florida
Written by: Derek Richmond
The Catholic University baseball team brought home a 4-3 record from the Port Charlotte Invite, improving to 5-4 on its young season.
The Cardinals opened the invitational on Sunday, Feb. 25 with a 6-4 defeat of Johnson & Wales. Left fielder Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South) and catcher Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) each drove in two runs. With the game knotted at four in the bottom of the ninth, Quintana doubled, bringing Pedro Rivera (Fort Hood, Tx./Saint Branch) home from third and Joseph Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) around from first. Starting pitcher Joseph Voiro (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) recorded six strikeouts in nine innings of work.
The next day, CUA split a double-header against Hanover, losing the first game by a 7-6 margin but taking the second, 6-3. A four-run fourth inning brought the Cards back from a 2-0 deficit in the first game, as a triple by Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) sent two runners home, and Maca and Michalski scored unearned runs. The Cardinals put up runs in the fifth and sixth, but two-run fifth and seventh innings from Hanover kept the score at six runs apiece before a one-run eighth gave Hanover the game.
In game two, Hanover took a 1-0 lead in the second, but the Cards battled back. The top of the sixth saw Hanover leading 3-2 after Quintana and Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) batted in runs in the third and fifth. CUA broke the game open with a four-run sixth. Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) doubled to score two runs, and Earley brought in two more on a single.
The Cardinals lost their next two straight games, 6-4 to Augustana, and 12-6 to Rose-Hulman. Against Augustana, freshman pitcher Andrew Moldawer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) gave up four runs in seven innings pitched. The story was different the next day against Rose-Hulman, when freshman hurler Brendan McGowan allowed four runs in just five innings of work. Four pitchers combined to give up Rose-Hulman's other eight runs over the next four innings.
After a day off, the Cardinals got back on track Friday with a 12-6 victory over Alma. Despite scoring four runs in the first three innings and a fifth-inning homer from Quintana, it took a six-run ninth to break a tie and give CUA the win. Singles from Quintana, Christian Tintle (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), Rivera and Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) combined for the six RBI.
Catholic University closed out the Port Charlotte Invite with a 3-1 win over Milwaukee School of Engineering. The action took place early as Joseph Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. MSOE answered in second inning with one run, but Earley and Maca came around to score in the third inning. The rest of the box score read zeroes, and the Cardinals slipped away with the victory.