Cardinals Repeat with 17-5 Victory
CUA takes the Moravian series 2-1
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Catholic University baseball team defeated the Moravian College Greyhounds (16-17, 8-7 Landmark) Sunday 17-5 to claim the three-game series 2-1. The score mirrored that of yesterday's second game which CUA also won. The Cardinals are now 18-13-1 overall and 7-6 in the Landmark Conference.
CUA went scoreless in the first inning and allowed Moravian three runs but from that point on the offense shifted to the Cards. The Cardinals held the Greyhounds in the second and third while score one run in each inning. Bobby Picardo's (Atlantic Highlands, N.J./Middletown South/Communications) single up the right side brought in the first runner and a sac fly by Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) scored the second.
In the fourth inning, CUA added one more when Matthew Rosner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) advanced to home on a throwing error to tie it up. Unfortunately, Moravian regained the lead with two runs to make the score 5-3. That small rally would end the scoring for the Greyhounds but sparked the Cards with five runs in the top of the fifth. Two came in after a homer by Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) and Kevin Sweeney's (Bethesda/St. Anselm's Abbey School) sac fly added the third. Hits from Rosner and Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) made it 8-5 in CUA's favor.
The offense continued to swing in the sixth adding four more runs to the total. Sweeney brought in the first with his second sac fly of the afternoon and Rosner hit a three-run homer late in the inning to keep it going. An error allowed Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) to cross the plate in the top of the seventh and a two-run homer from Goodman built up the CUA advantage. Finally in the eighth the Cardinals finished it up on a Cory Hudson (Beltsville, Md./Gonzaga) triple to bring in the first as he crossed on an error making the final 17-5.
Rosner led the Cardinals with a 3-4 performance, four runs scored and as many RBI he was helped by Goodman's 2-2 day with three runs and three RBI. The Cardinals had 14 hits and one error while Moravian notched 10 hits but had seven errors for the game. On the mound Drew Hoffmaster (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) took the win with six strikeouts.
The Cardinals will face Washington College on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m., at Talbot Field. The game will also be CUA's senior day.