April 1, 2010

Cards Rally for Doubleheader Split after Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped

Cards Rally for Doubleheader Split after Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped

(April 1, 2010) – Catholic University rallied for five runs late to salvage a doubleheader split in an 11-8 victory at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va., on Thursday.

The Cardinals (10-4) had their six-game winning streak halted in game one when they dropped a 17-10 decision at EMU Baseball Field. The Royals (7-11) ended their six-game slide.

In the nightcap, which was called after five innings because of darkness, CUA scored nine runs in the final two frames. Entering the fifth trailing 8-6, the Cards scored five runs on four hits. David Grear led off with a single and Mark Kalokitis followed with a double. L.J. Travaglia later knocked in a run with a single and scored on a wild pitch. Tommy Little concluded the outburst with an RBI single that plated Chris McCloud.

Billy Robbett picked up the victory after getting the final out in the EMU fourth, and Mike Bzozowski earned the save. Bzozowski allowed a leadoff single then struck out the next two batters before getting Chris Harpine to ground out to second baseman Tim Mierzwa.

Matt Grieb was 2-for-2 with three RBIs for the Redbirds, and Mierzwa went 2-for-4, scored twice and collected two RBIs.

The Royals seized control of the opener by scoring nine runs on seven hits and two Cardinal errors in the first. EMU finished with 19 hits. Left fielder Chris Baker (4-for-4) hit for the cycle, scored three times and drove in five runs.

Mierzwa (3-for-5) and Grear, who hit his team-leading third home run, each had three RBIs in CUA’s 11-hit attack.

The Cardinals host DeSales University in a twin bill on Saturday. Game one is slated for 1 p.m.

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