Catholic Take Two From Visiting Greyhounds
WASHINGTON-- The CUA Baseball team took both games in a doubleheader against Moravian College Greyhounds and kept their post season hopes alive. The Cards took the two games 12-4, and 11-7 in the first and second contests respectively, on a day where the bats came alive and saw solid performances form several different players. With these wins, the Red and Black move to 14-18 overall and 6-8 in league play, as the Greyhounds move to 17-15 overall and 10-5 in the conference.
Moravian College jumped out to an early 2-1 lead at the end of three innings but things would change entering the bottom half of the fourth inning. Catholic would score 6 unanswered runs that started with a single by Sr. Outfielder Cory Hudson (Beltsville/Gonzaga) who then stole second base. Troy Langway (Beltsville/St. Vincent Pallotti ) was walked then with runners on first and second Fr. Infielder Timothy Mierzwa (Laurel/Reservoir) hit a frozen rope to center field to drive in the first of four runs. Meirzwa went 3-4 at the plate with three RBIs, one run scored, and added two assists at the second base position.
Just as it looked as though Greyhounds were catching up, the Cardinals offense had a remarkable five-run sixth inning that saw hits by seven batters that started with a single up the middle by Soph. Tommy Little (Hyattsville/DeMatha). Sr. Kevin Sweeny (Bethesda/St. Anselm's Abbey) got the start for the Red and Black and went five solid innings. Giving up only three earned runs and only two walks facing 27 batters. With this win the Maryland native is now 2-3 on the year and had 22 strikeouts.
The hot hitting of the Cardinals carried over to the second game, as the home team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the end of one but things would get interesting as Moravian would answer with two in the top of the second. Nevertheless the Cardinals offense answered with a combined eight runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings.
The third inning started off with a home run by So. Outfielder Dimitri Deoudes (Darnestown/St. John's (DC)) which marked one of the five hits in the frame. Sr. Mike Goodman (Brookville/Sherwood) also got into the action with a single to center field and would cross home plate with a single by Cory Hudson to left field. Goodman had another solid day at the plate going two for two with four RBIs to add to his 41 on the season. The Maryland native currently leads the squad with 49 hits and 13 doubles in 2009.
Solid pitching from Joe Sable (Alexandria/Mount Vernon) and Jordan Clark (Dunmore/Dunmore) helped the Cardinals shutting down league leading Moravian. The duo combined for seven strikeouts and only handed out four walks and seven earned runs after facing 34 batters on the day.
Catholic University currently sits one game out of the fourth and final playoff spot with four conference games remaining. Coach Natoli and his squad will look to finish strong and make another run at a Landmark Conference Championship. That quest will start by hosting Moravian College on Sunday April 19th for their last contest of the three game series. The game is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. at Robert J. Talbot field.