CUA falls to Misericordia 4-0 in NCAA Tournament

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – A day after earning one of the biggest wins in school history, CUA had trouble getting its bats going and the Cardinals fell to Misericordia 4-0 in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional at FirstEnergy Park.  The Cougars scored three times in the first inning and then rode the arm of Nate Newman, who struck out three in nine innings, to down the Cardinals.

Misericordia jumped on top with three runs in the top of the first inning.  Jeff Slanovec delivered a two-out, two-run single and the Cougars took an early 3-0 lead.

From there CUA starter Andrew Carroll settled in nicely and his final line read 4.2 innings, six hits, four earned runs and one strikeout. 

Senior Jack Mahoney came on in relief and pitched 1.1 innings of shutout baseball, while Rob Steinkopf worked the final three innings, struck out two and did not allow any runs.

In the bottom of the third LJ Travaglia singled for CUA and Dan Sullivan followed with a double, but Chris McCloud went down swinging and the side was retired.

The Cougars scored their fourth and final run in the fifth and that proved to be plenty of offense because CUA simply could not muster any runs.

Sullivan got on with a one-out single in the sixth, but was erased on a double-play to end the inning.

Sullivan then led the ninth off with his third hit of the evening, but again a double play ended any hope of a CUA rally.

Newman allowed only seven hits for Misericordia on the mound as the Cougars move on in the winner's bracket.  

On Friday, CUA will take on Johns Hopkins in an elimination game with first pitch set for 12:15 p.m.  Should the Cardinals win that contest, they will play again on Friday evening.

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