Cardinals Sweep Doubleheader, Win for Ninth Time in 10 Games
WASHINGTON (April 3, 2010) - Sophomore catcher Dave Grear singled in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Catholic University to a 9-8 victory and doubleheader sweep over DeSales University on Saturday.
The Cardinals (12-4), playing at Robert J. Talbot Field, won for the ninth time in their past 10 games. CUA took game one, 11-4.
The Cards, which allowed the Bulldogs (10-7) to tie the nightcap with three runs in the sixth, won it when Grear knocked in pinch runner Joe Bencivenga with one out and the bases loaded. Bencivenga was running for third baseman Troy Langway, who led off the inning with a base hit.
Mike Bzozowski moved to 3-0 by pitching scoreless ball over the final 1 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound hurler from Westampton, N.J., struck out two and did not allow a hit.
Grear and shortstop L.J. Travaglia each collected two hits in four at bats for CUA. Second baseman Tim Mierzwa was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs.
Right fielder Jack Kavetski paced DeSales with a 4-for-5 effort and scored three runs. Designated hitter Derek Moyer was 3-for-3. Both teams had 12 hits and committed four errors.
In the opener, the Redbirds scored six times in the first and five times in the fifth to back Ron Esposito's strong six-inning effort on the mound. Esposito (3-0) allowed five hits, two walks and two earned runs and struck out five.
Grear, playing first base, was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and scored a run. Center fielder Dmitri Deoudes went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in three runs. Travaglia, third baseman Sean Earley and designated hitter Chris McCloud had two hits apiece.
Second baseman Kenny Ridge (3-for-4) doubled, homered, knocked in two runs and scored twice to lead DeSales, which was hampered by five errors.
The Cardinals play at former Capital Athletic Conference rival Salisbury (Md.) University on Monday at 3:30 p.m. before hosting Shenandoah University on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30.