Fifth-Ranked Johns Hopkins Defeats Cardinals, 17-9; CUA Continues League Play Saturday

Fifth-Ranked Johns Hopkins Defeats Cardinals, 17-9; CUA Continues League Play Saturday

(April 15, 2010) Catholic University took a four-game winning streak into its game at No. 5 Johns Hopkins University.

The Cardinals couldn’t make it five straight, while Hopkins won its 20th in a row, 17-9, at Blue Jay Diamond in Baltimore on Thursday.

JHU (26-3) hit four home runs among its 15 hits and came back from a 9-7 deficit to win in a game that was called because of darkness after seven innings. The Blue Jays’ top five hitters combined to go 12 of 17 with 15 RBIs and 15 runs.

Dave Kahn (2-for-2, five RBIs) hit a grand-slam in the second inning to put JHU on top, 7-1. CUA (16-7) scored three runs in the third and five in the fourth to take the lead. Eamonn Burke (2-for-4) singled in a run in the third and doubled in a pair in his next at-bat. Dave Grear, who went 4-for-4, had an RBI double in each inning.

Hopkins went back in front with three runs in the fourth and added four more in the fifth. The Cards’ Billy Robbett (1-1) allowed six hits and five earned runs in two innings to take the loss. Starter Justin D’Alessandro surrendered five earned runs and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals head to Susquehanna University (12-14, 5-4) for a three-game Landmark Conference series this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday – game one at noon – and finish with an 11 a.m. contest Sunday.

CUA leads the Landmark with a 9-0 mark, 2½ games better than Moravian College.

Thursday’s contest was the beginning of a six-game road swing for the Cards.

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