Spartans End Cardinal's Run in CAC
CUA will play six games next week before completing the season
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball team was eliminated from the Capital Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in York, Pa. The third-seeded Cards fell 5-2 to the #1 York Spartans (24-6) giving them their second loss in the double elimination tournament. The Cards, currently 15-18, have six remaining games on the season, all scheduled for next week.
The Cards started out strong as Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) struck with a solo-homer over the left field wall as the lead off in the top of the second inning. That was followed by a fielding error on York's first baseman allowing Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) on. Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications) laid down a textbook sacrifice bunt to advance Earley who make it home on a single by Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) to make it 2-0 Cardinals.
The Spartans managed to generate one run in the bottom of the inning off of a sacrifice fly but the Cards retained the lead until the bottom of the third when two of York's runners crossed the plate. In the bottom of the sixth Mike Santoro notched a pair of RBI on his two-run shot over the left field wall to make it 5-2 Spartans. With two more at bats, CUA couldn't get anything going at the plate making the final 5-2.
On the mound, Joe Voiro (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) took the loss pitching six innings with three strikeouts while Chris Brower had the win for York. Michalski led the Cards going 1-3 with one RBI for the game. York had seven hits to CUA's four but the Spartans did commit two errors while the Cardinal fielders were perfect.
CUA will have the rest of the week off before traveling to Gwynedd-Mercy on Monday for a make-up game at 3:30 p.m.