April 19, 2008

Big Second Game Secures Split

 

Big Second Game Secures Split
Cardinals go 1-1 against Moravian

4/19/2008 

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Catholic University baseball squad split with the Moravian College Greyhounds (16-16, 8-6 Landmark) Saturday in the first two games of a three-game Landmark Conference series.  The Cardinals lost the first contest 11-4 but came back and won the second 17-5.  With the 1-1 result, CUA is now 17-13-1 on the season with a 7-7 conference record.

Things started out well for the Cardinals in game one as Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) crossed the plate on an error.  Moravian came back and added three in the bottom of the second but CUA matched that in the top of the third to once again go ahead.  Hits from Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) and Tommy Bowles (Davidsonville, Md./Mount Saint Joe) contributed to the scoring as well as some help from the Greyhound pitching staff. Despite a solid third inning, the Cardinal offense dried up after that as Moravian kept pounding the ball.  As CUA struggled to score Moravian added two runs in the bottom of the third and six in the bottom of the sixth making the final 11-4.

Bowles was 3-3 in the game with three doubles and an RBI while Little was 3-4 with one run scored.  Brendan McGowan (Crofton, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was given the loss on the mound after pitching a little over three innings.  The Cards were out hit 15-8 which proved to be a deciding factor in the contest.

After struggling to score in the first game, the offense got going in the second as they scored every inning but one and held the Greyhounds scoreless until the bottom of the fourth.  Two runs crossed the plate in the first inning after singles from Bowles and Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood).  In the second, two more came in thanks to a Bowles single up the middle for two RBI.  CUA managed four runs in the third two coming in off of Joe Devine's (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) double to right center making the score 8-0.

After starting strong, CUA didn't score in the fourth inning and allowed Moravian one but still controlled the flow of the game.  In the fifth, the Cards pulled in their biggest total of the day with five runs.  A series of three hits including two for extra bases one from Maca and the other from Bowles brought the first three around.  After an out, the next two batters hit a double and a single as Matt Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) helped make it 13-1.  Moravian managed one more in the bottom of the inning but the scoring barrage continued in the sixth with two more on hits from Jeff D'Annunzio (Warren, N.J./Watchuag Hills Regional) and Rosner.  

Moravian posted three in the sixth but the Cards finished it off with a pair of runs on hits by Troy Langway (Beltsville, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Sean Earley (Pequannock, N.J./Pequannock Township) in the seventh making the final 17-5.

The Cardinals had an astounding 21 hits for the game while Moravian posted nine, each team had one error.  Maca led CUA with a 3-3 performance and three runs scored as well as two RBI while Bowles was 3-4 with one runs scored and four RBI.  Kevin Sweeney (Bethesda/St. Anselm's Abbey School) threw the complete game from the mound and had five strikeouts.

The Cardinals will face Moravian tomorrow in the final game of the Landmark Conference series.

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