Sea Gulls Down Cards in Eleven-Inning
Cardinals will travel to York for the second game in the tourney
WASHINGTON - Playing on their home field for the first time this season, the Catholic University Cardinals were unable to come away with the first victory on the newly renovated turf. #3 CUA dropped a Capital Athletic Conference tournament game to fourth seeded Salisbury, 3-1, in eleven innings. The Sea Gulls are currently ranked ninth in the country and improve to 23-7 while CUA drops to 15-17.
The game proved to be as defensive battle as with neither team putting together many scoring opportunities. The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the second after a series of three hits. First baseman Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) reached on a hit up the middle and advanced to second thanks to a shot to the shortstop by Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron). Number nine batter Christian Tintle (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) then came up and hit long double down the left field line scoring Earley to make it 1-0.
Salisbury didn't respond until the seventh inning when a dropped strikeout allowed Alex Vitale on base. He was sacrificed around the bases and eventual ran home after a wild pitch to tie it up.
Neither team could generate another run forcing extra innings tied at one apiece. After a scoreless tenth, the Sea Gulls got hot in the 11th. A long hit to right center to start the inning and a series of bunts put runners on base as Pete Callahan came to the plate. Callahan hit a rocket to right center scoring both base runners giving Salisbury a two-run advantage. The Cards didn't have an answer in the bottom of the inning making the final 3-1.
Salisbury had six hits to CUA's four and both teams recorded a pair of errors for the game. Tintle finished 1-3 with one RBI for the Cards. Eric Willey had the win on the mound while Mike Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) notched the loss for the Cards.
The CAC baseball tourney is double elimination and the Cards will face the top-seeded York Spartans tomorrow at 3:30 p.m., in Pennsylvania.