Cardinals Sweep Merchant Marine Academy; Remain Perfect in Landmark Conference
WASHINGTON (April 10, 2010)-- Catholic University received stellar pitching performances from its top three pitchers in a doubleheader sweep of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 9-1 and 4-2, at Robert J. Talbot Field on Saturday.
The Cardinals (14-6, 8-0 Landmark) scored three times in the third inning of the opener to back Andrew Moldawer's seven-inning complete game. The senior allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out eight in improving to 2-1 and lowering his ERA to 2.57.
The Mariners fell to 5-15 and 1-10. The series concludes Sunday at noon.
CUA first baseman Sean Early was 2-for-3 and knocked in two more runs on a single in the third to score designated hitter Eamonn Burke and center fielder Tommy Little. It was the Cards' only hit of the inning.
Burke doubled in a run in the fifth and scored on a double by shortstop L.J. Travaglia. Third baseman Troy Langway's twin-RBI single to right center plated Travaglia and Burke. Travaglia went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and runs.
Ron Esposito (4-0, 2.16 ERA) surrendered six hits and two earned runs across six innings to lead CUA into the nighcap. The junior from Annville, Pa., did not walk a batter and fanned five. Mike Bzozowski (3-0, 1.74 ERA) notched his third save by striking out the side in the seventh.
Burke and catcher Mark Kalokitis both collected three hits in three at-bats and scored a run in the Cardinals' 10-hit attack.
Leadoff hitter, shortstop Frank Pierson, was 2-for-4 and drove in a run for USMMA.