March 15, 2008

Eagles Topple Cards in Landmark Doubleheader

 

Eagles Topple Cards in Landmark Doubleheader
CUA loses by one run in both contests

3/15/2008

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball team had a tough day on the field with a pair of losses to the Juniata College Eagles (3-6, 2-0 Landmark) Saturday at Talbot Field.  The Cardinals had opportunities but couldn't quite hold on for the victory as they fell 9-8 in the first game and 7-6 in the second.  With the losses, CUA drops to 4-6 on the season and 0-2 in the Landmark Conference.

Things looked good for CUA as they score two runs in the first inning but Juniata began to come back matching the Cardinals' run in the third and finally staging a five-run rally in the top of the fourth to put CUA in a big hole.  The Cards answered with two runs in the fourth after a triple from Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) sparked the offense and in the fifth Mike Michalski (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) singled to drive in a run but it wouldn't be enough as Juniata continued to score.

CUA entered the bottom of the seventh trailing by three and almost pulled off the comeback.  A balk brought in Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) and moved Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) who had singled to get on base.  Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) then ripped a single to right field which had O'Brien cross the plate as the Cards tried to rally.  Unfortunately it ended as Michalski came up and smacked a line drive to the third baseman who managed to hold on for the final out and the 9-8 Cardinal loss.

The Cards had 12 hits in the game while Juniata managed seven.  O'Brien led CUA at the plate going 3-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  The Cardinal pitchers combined for three strikeouts and ten walks which proved to be a key to the game as Juniata had just three strikeouts and as many walks.

After the rough first game, CUA hoped to turn it around in the second but the team would have no such luck.  Juniata struck first with a three-run second inning as CUA managed just one run in the bottom of the stanza thanks to a Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications) sacrifice fly.  The Cards came within one in the third after O'Brien got on with a double.  However, the defense allowed three Juniata runs in the fourth after two errors.  Maca got CUA back on track in the bottom of the inning with a long fly ball to center to bring Picardo home and Mike Goodman also generated scores with a homer for two RBI.  The Cardinals managed to stay in the game as the teams traded runs in the final three innings but once again they fell just short losing 7-6.

Goodman had a solid game with three hits in four at bats two runs scored and as many RBI.  Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) also went 3-4 and Picardo completed the top batters with a 2-3 performance, two runs scored and an RBI.  On the mound the pitchers had five strikeouts and four walks in the game for a better ratio the second time around.

The Cardinals will finish off their series with Juniata on Sunday as the squads will play in a nine-inning contest at Talbot field beginning at noon.

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