Baseball Wins Two at Ripken Experience

Baseball Wins Two at Ripken Experience

Baseball Wins Two at Ripken Experience
Cards defeat RIT and Wesley in first games of the season


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- The Catholic University baseball team returned from its spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a 2-4 record.  This was CUA's first opportunity to play this season after four consecutive rainouts before the trip.  The Cardinals competed at the Cal Ripken Experience which showcased a number of universities.

CUA defeated the Rochester Institute of Technology 7-1 on Sunday starting off strong.  On Monday, the Cards split defeating Wesley 17-9 but falling to RIT 11-3.  Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) had one hit in four at bats against Wesley but he made it count knocking a grand slam out of the park in the sixth inning.  Things didn't go as well against RIT as CUA had just seven hits and allowed a big five-run inning in the top of the third.

Tuesday, Wesley got its revenge on CUA defeating them 6-3 after jumping out to a quick lead. Neither squad had much going offensively with the Cards registering five hits for the game. Ronnie Esposito (Annville, Pa./Annville-Cleona) took the loss on the mound after pitching five innings.

Wednesday and Thursday featured a two-game series between local-rival Villa Julie.  Thursday's game was a make-up from an earlier rainout originally scheduled for Talbot Field.  Although the Cards knew their opponents it didn't give them any advantage as CUA fell 25-8 in the first game and 10-5 in the second.

On Wednesday the Cardinals were ahead 5-4 going into the top of the sixth but gave up nine runs followed by two six-run innings and couldn't answer offensively.  CUA did produce five runs in the bottom of the fifth after a pair of Mustang errors but it wasn't enough as they lost 25-8.

Thursday's finale was CUA's chance to avenge the loss but it didn't go in their favor as the Mustangs used a pair of four-run innings to get the 10-5 win.  Quintana was solid at the plate with three hits in five at bats while first-year player Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) notched two RBI.

The Cards will have a few days off before hosting Messiah on Tuesday at home.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.