Cardinals Hold on For 6-4 Win
CUA takes the Scranton series 2-1
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball team defeated the University of Scranton Royals (16-8, 8-4 Landmark) 6-4 Sunday afternoon at Talbot Field. The win gave CUA the 2-1 advantage to close out the Landmark Conference series. With the win the Cards improve to 15-12-1 overall and 6-6 in the Landmark Conference.
A home run put Scranton on the board first but CUA quickly took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. With one runner on, Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) doubled to knot the score. Two batters later, Devine crossed the plate on a Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) single. Clinging to a one-run lead, the Cardinals added to it in the bottom of the second after another Devine double to bring two players in making it 3-1. Unfortunately, the three-run advantage was short-lived as Scranton came with two of their own in the top of the third.
Both teams quieted the bats for the next three innings with neither squad able to score. In the top of the seventh, Scranton tied it up once again after a big double. However, the Cards responded with a run of their own thanks to a Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) single and some crafty base running by Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West). CUA then added some breathing room in the bottom of the eighth when Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) scored after a Royal error. The top of the ninth was tense but despite a bases-loaded, one out situation closer Michael Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) managed to strikeout the final to batters for the 6-4 victory.
Devine led the Cardinal offense going 2-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBI for the game. The Cards were out hit 10-9 but committed just one error to Scranton's two. Billy Robbett (Springfield, Va./Bishop Iretan) was awarded the win on the mound pitching one inning while Bzozowski was credited with the save.
The Cardinals will face Randolph-Macon on Tuesday at Talbot Field in a non-conference game.