CUA's Early Runs Prove Too
Much for Yellow Jackets
Goodman hits two-run double
WASHINGTON -The Catholic University baseball team held on to a 5-4 lead despite some tough defensive situations Tuesday afternoon as they came out on top of the Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jackets (19-13) 5-4. More than once, the Cardinals allowed runners in scoring position but nearly every time they came away unscathed. CUA is now 16-12-1 on the season.
A quick three and out in the top of the first allowed the Cardinal bats to get going immediately. Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) hit a long double down the right field line to drive in two runs and Robbie O'Brien's (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) single to left center allowed Goodman to come home making it 3-0.
In the top of the fourth RMC homered to left field to cut the deficit to one. In the bottom of the inning the Cards executed a perfect pick off play to bring in one more run making it 4-2. The Cardinal defense got into some trouble with the bases loaded and two outs, after a pitching change and a walked in run one another CUA pitcher came to the mound. On the final batter of the inning he hit it to right field and O'Brien made a diving catch to get out of the jam. Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) hit one to the shortstop that took a tough hop in the bottom of the fifth to bring one more Cardinal across the plate.
The top of the eighth saw one more Yellow Jacket come home as RMC once again threatened to take the lead. With bases loaded, Michael Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) came in and pitched to a 1-3 putout to end the inning. This was the third time in six games Bzozowski has had bases loaded and come away with no runs scored. The defense did quick work of the Yellow Jackets in their final at bat resulting in a 5-4 final.
Goodman was 2-4 on the day with two RBI and one run scored. Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) also led CUA at the plate with a 2-3 performance and one run scored. Both squads had nine hits in the game and the Yellow Jackets committed one error. Brendan McGowan (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) took the win on the mound pitching two innings, while Bzozowski was credited with the save.
The Cardinals will travel to Moravian College this weekend for a Landmark Conference three-game series.