March 20, 2008

Cardinals Win in Eight Innings

Cardinals Win in Eight Innings
CUA splits with St. Joseph's of Maine

3/20/2008

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball squad went 1-1 against the St. Joseph's College of Maine Monks (7-4) Thursday afternoon at Talbot Field. The Cards won the first game7-6 in eight innings but couldn't hold onto to an early lead in the second contest falling 7-4. With the .500 afternoon, CUA moves to 5-8 on the season as the team takes a few days off.

The Monks scored first but CUA answered in the bottom of the opening inning with a single from Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) who was brought home by Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) reaching on an error on the third baseman. The Monks scored from a sacrifice fly in the second but the Cards took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) and Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) both batted in runs as CUA utilized sacrifice bunts on offense.

After a quiet third SJC put together a rally in the top of the fourth as the Cardinal defense struggled. CUA walked in the first run and allowed another to score despite a double play. The Monks got the third on a single up the middle to go ahead 5-3. CUA went scoreless in the bottom of the inning and allowed one more in the top of the fifth off of a homer before coming back with answer in the bottom of the fifth.

Devine started it out with a homer over the right field wall to bring in two runs. Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) then came up with a double to right field and crossed the plate thanks to a single from Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) to tie it up. Both squads went scoreless in the seventh to send it into extra innings. The Cards held the Monks in the top of the eighth and in the bottom, CUA got three batters on after a single from Bobby Picardo (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications) and some walks. Clean-up batter Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) came up and hit a walk-off single up the middle to score the winning run 7-6.

Devine led the Cards going 3-4 with two RBI while Bowles went 2-3. Michael Bzozowski was awarded the win pitching the final inning with three strikeouts.

The Cards took the momentum from the extra inning into game two scoring three quick runs in the first, two of the RBI came from O'Brien's long single to right center as he continued his solid day at the plate. The Monks came back in the top of the second despite the first two batters getting out on a double play. After walking the next two the runners were driven in by a pair of hits to make it 3-2.

The Cardinal offense couldn't get anything moving and allowed a run off of three hits in the top of the third. In the fifth, Dustin Spiller crushed a two-run homer to take the 5-3 lead with two outs and the sun slowly setting. In the bottom of the sixth the Cards got one back when Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) hit a triple down the right field line to drive one across the plate. With Maca on third and Goodman on first the Cards had their best chance to take the lead but a pop fly to foul territory ended the inning.

The final inning was disastrous for CUA as they gave up two more runs and three hits with three different pitchers. After giving up two runs it was the Cardinals' turn to bat and their last chance to get the win. Unfortunately they went one, two, three to fall 7-4. O'Brien and Maca both went 2-4 in the game and O'Brien led the squad with two RBI. CUA had just eight hits to SJC's 11 however, the Monks had three fielding errors to the Cards' one.

The Cardinals will travel to Bridgewater on Monday for a 3 p.m., contest.

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