CUA Splits on Final Weekend of the Season
Cards finish up with two wins over Columbia Union
WASHINGTON- The Catholic University baseball team went 2-2 over the weekend concluding their season at 18-20. The Cards dropped two games to the Shenandoah Hornets on Saturday before rebounding with a pair of victories over the Columbia Union Pioneers on Sunday.
The Cards were up to begin the first game against Shenandoah but the defense struggled later in the game allowing two Hornet scores in the fourth, three in the fifth and another pair in the sixth to fall behind by five. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) knocked Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) home in the top of the seventh but it wasn't enough as CUA fell 7-3.
CUA was outhit 10-8 in the contest and committed two unreciprocated errors. Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) was 2-3 at the plate while Rosner was 2-4 with an RBI. Joe Voiro (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) had the loss on the mound after four innings and as many strikeouts.
In the second game the Cardinal offense was basically nonexistent with just five runners even making it into scoring position. A three-run homer for the Hornets in the third put them ahead and despite an equally as quiet outing, Shenandoah pulled out the 3-0 win.
On Sunday, Columbia Union went up 5-0 to start the first game but the Cardinal bats came alive as they staged a six-run rally in the bottom of the second to take the lead and never look back. In the game, Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) had a double to left center driving in two and Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) poked one to the same spot later in the game to bring in another runner.
The game belonged to left fielder Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications), however, as he had a 3-3 performance at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. One of his hits was a crucial single right back to the pitcher which Picardo beat out to keep the early rally going for CUA. Andrew Moldawer (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) had the win pitching six innings with four K's.
The final game of the season for the Cards showed a promising future as CUA dominated the Pioneers 7-0. Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) capitalized on Pioneer errors all day scoring twice. After walking in his first at bat, Michalski stole second, was hit to third and came home on the wild pitch. In the second inning he was hit by the pitch, advanced to second and used his speed to come home on two CUC errors. Catcher Paul Yantosh (Norristown, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) was strong at the plate with two hits and as many runs scored. Matthew Valerio (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) had the win on the mound.
CUA graduates just one senior but the loss of centerfielder Pedro Rivera (Fort Hood, Texas/Paint Branch) will be felt both on the basepath and in the Cardinal leadership.