O'Brien's Homer Gives CUA 6-3 Victory
Cards face Shenandoah on Friday and Saturday
GETTYSBURG, Pa.- A three-run homer by Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) in the top of the ninth gave the Catholic University baseball squad the 6-3 win over the Gettysburg Bullets (22-8) Tuesday afternoon at Kirchhoff Field. CUA improves to 16-18 on the season with four games remaining.
Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) notched the first hit of the game for the Cards in the top of the second with a double down the left field line. Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) drove him in on the next at bat with a single to left field to make it 1-0. In the top of the fifth, lead off Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications) got on with a single and was moved around the bases before Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) hit him in with a sacrifice fly. In the top of the seventh, Picardo got on as the lead off once more, advancing to second on an error by the pitcher. Once again he went around the bases and was hit in by Maca who hit into a double play giving the Cards the first two outs of the inning but making the score 3-0.
The Gettysburg offense was nonexistent for most of the game and in the top of the ninth, O'Brien smacked his home bringing in three runs and giving CUA the comfortable 6-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, the Bullets staged a small rally with three hits to start the inning scoring a trio of runs before the Cardinal defense could get the third out making the final 6-3.
Andrew Moldawer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) was the winning pitcher with three strikeouts and just two hits in 25 at bats. The Cards outhit the Bullets 11-7 but did commit two errors while Gettysburg had just one. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and Michalski were both 2-3 for the game and O'Brien led with three RBI.
CUA will face Shenandoah on Friday at Talbot Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.