Five Home Runs Highlight Cardinal Victory
O'Brien records seven RBI in the game
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball team had a big day at the plate in its 17-8 victory over the Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors (6-13). The Cardinals posted five home runs in the game and had an 11-run inning to get the win and improve to 11-8 for the season.
The Scarlet Raptors score two runs in the first inning to take a small lead as the CUA offense struggled to get started. However, the third inning turned everything around as CUA staged an 11-run rally. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) started it out with a lead off homer and after a pair of singles Robbie O'Brien (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) came up and hit a three-run shot over the fence. After O'Brien cleared the bases, CUA recorded another single before Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) hit home run number three to make it 6-2. A pitching change didn't stop things as the Cardinals kept hitting. Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) drove in another runner and Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) crossed the plate to keep up the scoring. With the bases loaded O'Brien came up for his second at bat of the inning and hit another homer to make the score 11-2 after the big inning.
The Scarlet Raptors slowly chipped away at the deficit notching pairs of runs at a time but with every edge closer the Cards answered. After two in the fifth, CUA scored four in the bottom of the inning thanks to a three-run double from Devine who then scored on a wild pitch. Two Rutgers-Camden runs in the sixth were followed by a homer from Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) to make it 16-6. Finally in the seventh the Scarlet Raptors added two more but once again CUA managed a score off of a single by Troy Langway (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) which made the final 17-8.
The Cardinals had 17 hits in the game while RC had 12. Leading at the plate was Devine who went 3-4 with five RBI and O'Brien who was 2-3 with seven RBI. Bowles also had a solid day going 2-2.
The Cardinals will host John's Hopkins on Thursday at Talbot Field, the contest is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.