Cardinals Take a Draw at St. Mary's
Teams battle for 13 innings before game is called
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Catholic University baseball team (13-11-1) settled for a 3-3 with the St. Mary's Seahawks (14-17-1) Thursday afternoon in Maryland. The squads took it to 13 innings but the umpires called the marathon game due to darkness after almost four hours of play.
St. Mary's took an early lead in the bottom of the third on a two-run single to right center field to make it 2-0. For the next three innings both squads forced a quick three outs but CUA was no closer to capturing the lead until the top of the seventh. Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) led off the inning with a single and stolen base, Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) then walked to put two runners on. Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) was the third batter and smacked a triple to right field bringing in both runners. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) kept the rally alive singling to left driving Devine across the plate to give CUA a 3-2 lead.
The Cardinals' advantage was short lived, however, as a sac fly helped one Seahawk runner tie it up. After scores from both squads it looked as each had the offense going, but that wasn't the case as neither could find a way to get the winning run forcing four extra innings. The closest call came in the bottom of the 11th when St. Mary's had the bases loaded with just one out. With things looking bad after a triple, an intentional walk and a hit batter, pitcher Michael Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) regrouped and struck out the next two batters to keep CUA alive. Unfortunately it didn't get the win as the game was called for darkness tied at three.
St. Mary's out hit CUA 8-5 and each team committed one error. Devine led the Cardinal batters with two RBI and a run scored. The Cards used six different hurlers in the contest with Drew Hoffmaster (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) pitching six innings with three strikeouts and Bzozowski adding four SO in his two innings.
The Cardinals will host Scranton this weekend in a three-game Landmark Conference series. Saturday's doubleheader begins at noon.