No. 14 Shenandoah Routs Cardinals, 17-3; Landmark Conference Series Up Next

No. 14 Shenandoah Routs Cardinals, 17-3; Landmark Conference Series Up Next

(April 6, 2010) -- A day after falling to the sixth-ranked team in the nation, Catholic University was routed, 17-3, by No. 14 Shenandoah University at Robert J. Talbot Field on Tuesday.

The 24-6 Hornets scored four runs in the first inning and led 13-2 after five. Scott Van Dusseldorp hit his team-leading 10th home run of the season, a one-out, three-run blast in the Shenandoah first. The senior third baseman, who also played at first, was 4-for-5 with six RBIs and three runs.

First baseman Greg Van Sickler and leadoff hitter, center fielder Kevin Brashears collected three hits apiece in the Hornets' 19-hit attack.

Cardinal catcher Ross Hunsberger put his club on the scoreboard with a two-run single to left center in the fourth. CUA (12-6) had loaded the bases with nobody out on consecutive singles by designated hitter Eamonn Burke, first baseman Dave Grear and shortstop L.J. Travaglia before Hunsberger's hit.

Travaglia was 3-for-3 and Grear 2-for-3 for the 12-hit Cards.

CUA will attempt to move back into the win column with a three-game home weekend series against Landmark Conference rival U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. A doubleheader beginning Saturday at noon will be followed by a noon start Sunday.

The Cardinals are atop the Landmark standings with a 6-0 record. The Mariners are 1-8 in league play and 5-13 overall.

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