Fourteen-Run Inning Pushes CUA Past Gallaudet
Cards earn the third seed in CAC Tournament
WASHINGTON- A fourteen-run fourth inning proved to be the key for the Catholic University baseball team as they beat the Gallaudet Bison (4-18) 19-3 Saturday afternoon. With the win the Cardinals improved to 15-16 and 6-4 in conference. Their 6-4 record gave them the third seed in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament starting on Tuesday.
Both teams managed a run in the first inning but that would be as close as the Bison would get. CUA three hits drove in four runs in the third including a two-run double from Paul Yantosh. With a four score lead the Cards went into the next inning comfortably ahead. However it wasn't enough as CUA staged a 14-run rally.
The inning started out with a single from Joe Maca. He crossed the plate on a Robbie O'Brien two-run single. A series of Gallaudet errors kept runners in scoring position and a three-run double from Maca was one of the many keys to the big inning. The Cards batted through the order twice before the Bison got the third out. At that juncture CUA was up 19-1. The Cards didn't score again and despite some Gallaudet runs in the ninth, CUA got the 19-3 victory.
Maca led the squad at the plate going 3-3 with three RBI. O'Brien was 2-2 with a trio of RBI and Matthew Rosner was also 2-2 with a pair of runs batted in. The Cards had 15 hits to Gallaudet's eight and just three errors. Connor Miehm got the win on the mound.
CUA will face Salisbury on Tuesday at home in the first round of the CAC tourney.