Cards Allow Two Late Runs, Fall to Washington College, 5-4

Cards Allow Two Late Runs, Fall to Washington College, 5-4
 
WASHINGTON (April 27, 2010) – Catholic University has rallied for a lot of victories this year. On Tuesday at Robert J. Talbot Field, it allowed Washington College to come back for a 5-4 win.

Fortunately for CUA, which fell to 20-12, it was a non-conference game.

Leading 4-3 heading into the top of the eighth inning, the Cardinals looked good when their fourth pitcher, Andrew Hoffmaster, retired the first two batters. But then he walked Matt Boucher, who advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Ryan Normoyle (2-for-4, two RBIs).

Siderarming right-hander Mike Bzozowski, who leads the Cards with five saves, was unable to prevent the Shoremen (17-13) from scoring the game-winning run in the ninth. It wasn’t entirely his doing, however, after the first hitter, Kyle Aldrich, reached base on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Brian Kramer (2-for-4) drove him in with a double.

Bzozowski dropped to 3-1 when CUA went down 1-2-3 in the ninth. Chris Keiper notched his eighth save to tie the Centennial Conference record for saves in a season.

Tommy Bowles and Mark Kalokitis collected two hits apiece for the Cardinals. Bowles’ two-run single in the first gave the Cards a 2-1 lead. They made it 4-1 before John Rolewicz (2-for-5) hit a home run in the fifth to pull Washington College within one.

CUA plays at McDaniel College on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

The Cardinals resume Landmark Conference play this weekend when they travel to Moravian College for a three-game series that will determine the regular-season league champion. The Cards are 13-2 in the Landmark and Moravian is 11-4.

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