Offense on display as CUA cruises past Mariners
KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The Cardinals offense was in full gear on Saturday afternoon as CUA defeated Merchant Marine Academy 17-4 in the opener of a three-game set. CUA scored five runs in the first inning and only continued to add to its lead from there. Tim Mierzwa and Marc Hanna led the way with three hits apiece.
Matt Grieb led the game off with a triple and Hanna followed with a single to put the Cardinals in front 1-0 right from the start. Hanna moved down to second on a passed ball and with one out Chris McCloud was walked.
With two outs Dimitri Deoudes walked, which loaded the bases for Dan Sullivan who cleared the bags with a double to put CUA in front 4-0. A Mariners error then brought in Sullivan for the Cardinals fifth run of the frame.
Hanna went deep in the second inning to put CUA in front 7-0 and the freshman then singled in another run in the third to make the lead eight.
Merchant Marine Academy got to within three with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, but that was the last time a Mariner would cross home plate in this one.
CUA then responded with a Brendan Breslin home run in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth. LJ Travaglia was hit by a pitch to lead the inning off and McCloud followed with a double to put runners on second and third.
A one-out single by Deoudes plated Travaglia and Sullivan's sacrifice fly brought in McCloud. Breslin then doubled in Deoudes and Mierzwa singled in Breslin to put CUA on top 13-4.
Mark Kalokitis got into the act in the seventh with an RBI single and AJ Ventura and Troy Langway both had RBIs in the eighth and the lead grew to 16-4.
A bases loaded walk to Ventura in the ninth set the final margin at 13, 17-4.
Senior Ron Esposito earned the win on the mound for CUA, after he went six innings, struck out six and allowed four runs. Tom Egan then worked two innings in relief before giving way to Adam Schroth, who worked a scoreless ninth.
Andy Martin suffered the setback for the home team after he gave up nine runs on eight hits in five innings.
On Sunday the teams will play a doubleheader to close the series out. First pitch of game one will get going at 11 a.m.