March 7, 2010

Late Innings Prove Difficult as Baseball Drops Two To Stevenson, 12-3, 10-4

Late Innings Prove Difficult as Baseball Drops Two To Stevenson, 12-3, 10-4

3/7/10

WASHINGTON--
Allowing six runs in the final two innings of game one and nine in the final three innings of game two proved too much for CUA's (3-2) usually potent offense to overcome, as Stevenson took two today against the Cardinals at Gallaudet's baseball field.

Ross Hunsberger led the Cardinal offensive attack going 3 for 3 at the plate with two double and two runs scored. Dmitri Deoudes was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and also reached base after being struck by a pitch. The team scraped together 18 hits today but managed only seven runs in the two contests. 

On the mound it was a different story as the team combined for a 14.14 ERA, striking out just five batters while allowing 31 hits and placing 14 extra runners on base via walk or hit by pitch. The Cardinals committed only two errors on the day, allowing all 22 runs scored against the staff to be earned runs.

After falling behind 2-0 after the first half inning of play in game one, L.J. Travaglia doubled to center. When Eamonn Burke reached on an error, Travaglia crossed the plate to halve the lead. Stevenson answered with another run in the second and three more on the third to take a 6-2 lead after CUA added one in the bottom of the third frame. The Mustangs then added six insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to seal the victory.

In game two, CUA appeared to have turned the table putting up a single tally in the second and third before allowing Stevenson on the board in the top of the fourth with one run. The Cards answered with a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead into the final three innings.

The Mustangs opened the fifth inning with back-to-back-to-back-to-back hits and scored a total of six runs in the frame. Stevenson then added another three in the sixth to take home the 10-4 victory.

CUA will return to action on Saturday, March 13, 2010 as Gwynedd-Mercy will travel to Robert J. Talbot field to take on the Cardinals. First pitch of the double header is set for 12 p.m.

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