March 26, 2011

Cardinals score 13 runs in game one win, but settle for split

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – CUA scored seven runs in the first two innings of its 13-2 game one win over Juniata on Saturday, before the Eagles came back to down the Cardinals 6-4 in game two.  Dave Grear and Brendan Breslin had two hits and three RBI each in game one and Ron Esposito went six innings with three strikeouts to earn the win.

In game one CUA took a 2-0 lead in the first when a pair of singles and an error put runners on the corners with one out.  Grear was next and he singled in Dan Sullivan.  Later in the inning LJ Travaglia stole home to put the Cardinals ahead by two.

The Cardinals broke things open with a five-run second inning with Breslin's single bringing in two runs and Mark Kalokitis plating another run with a single of his own. 

Breslin drove in Grear in the fourth with another single and two more Cardinals crossed in the fifth to put CUA in front 10-0.

Juniata got on the board for the first time with a run in the fifth and the Eagles added another in the sixth, but CUA scored three times in the seventh to put things out of reach.   Rob Mack and Beriah Smith delivered run-scoring singles for CUA along the way.

Esposito continued his torrid start to the season with six innings of two-run ball.  He walked just one, struck out three and improved to 5-0.  Tom Egan came in to work the seventh and retired the Eagles in order.

John Love took the game one loss for Juniata.  He went 4.1 innings, struck out just one and surrendered ten runs.

CUA again jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring in the top of the first on a Matt Grieb leadoff home run.

Juniata took its first lead of the day in the second when the Eagles scored a pair to go in front 2-1.

Two more Juniata runs in the fourth put CUA in a 4-1 hole.  Joe Sforza led off with a double, Cole Walters was hit by a pitch, and Ian Thorne singled to plate one of the runs.  Later, Matthew Fritz drove in the other run with a single of his own.

Juniata took a four-run lead in the fifth with a single run but CUA made things interesting by getting three of the runs back in the top half of the sixth.  With one out Sullivan singled and Travaglia doubled.  Grear then followed with a double, which scored both runners.

Singles by Dimitri Deoudes and Kalokitis brought in Grear and CUA was within 5-4, but it would get no closer as Juniata added a run in the bottom of the sixth and then kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in the seventh.

Robin Mowatt suffered the game two loss for CUA after he went 3.1 innings and allowed four runs.  Matt Regan got the win after he went seven innings, struck out seven and allowed four runs. 

On Sunday the teams wrap up their three-game set with a single contest beginning at 11 a.m.

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