Cardinals Sink Shoremen in
CUA ties it in the bottom of the ninth
WASHINGTON - The Catholic University baseball squad got a big comeback win over the Washington College Shoremen (16-21) Thursday afternoon at Talbot Field. CUA trailed until the bottom of the ninth where some wild occurrences allowed two runs to score. CUA won it 7-6 in the bottom of the 11th. The Cards are now 20-13-1 on the season with four contests remaining.
The Shoremen started off strong with three consecutive hits to lead off resulting in two runs scored in the top of the first. CUA had its first opportunity in the bottom of the second with runners on the corners but a delayed steal went awry as the runner at third was caught going to home to end the inning. The Cardinals began the comeback in the bottom of the third as Paul Yantosh (Norristown, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) sent one over the wall. However, in the top of the fifth the Shoremen added four more to make the score 6-1.
A triple by Tommy Little (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) set up a scoring opportunity in the bottom of the seventh with one out as Joe Devine (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) came up and hit to the right field foul pole and over the fence allowing two runs in. The Cards held the Shoremen for the final four innings and got the hitting going in the bottom of the ninth.
With runners on the corners and one out an error by the shortstop brought Patrick Quintana (Denver, Colo./Littleton) home and moved runners to second and third. Up came Mike Goodman (Brookville, Md./Sherwood) who hit a line shot to short which hit the umpire near second base advancing Goodman to first but not allowing the runners to move. Robbie O'Brien's (Columbia, Md./Long Reach) single towards third allowed one in and kept the bases loaded. Unfortunately the second out came on the next at bat as the runner at third was caught stealing on a missed bunt. Things swung back into CUA's favor on Matt Rosner's (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) hit to short which was dropped by the first baseman allowing Rosner on with an error and Little to come home just sliding under the tag to tie it.
The Cardinal defense went three and out in the top of the tenth and the top of the 11th giving the offense another chance. This time, things worked out for CUA. Joe Maca (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Saint Dominic) got on with a long hit to right field. Kevin Sweeney (Bethesda/St. Anselm's Abbey School) moved the runner after a bad pick up by third base. O'Brien's fielder's choice got Maca out at third but moved Sweeney to second. Finally senior Rosner came up and hit a rocket to left field allowing Sweeney to come home for the 7-6 victory.
Little led the Cards going 3-4 on the day with two runs scored, Rosner was 1-6 with a pair of RBI. CUA out hit Washington 12-8 and was flawless in the field with no errors to the Shoremen's four. Three different players saw time on the mound for the Cards but closer Michael Bzozowski (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) got the win pitching the final three innings with three strikeouts in just 10 batters faced.
The Cardinals will travel to Drew University on Saturday for their final Landmark Conference series of the season.