CUA loses 13-11 slugfest to Mary Washington
WASHINGTON – In a game that featured 24 runs and 28 hits CUA came up on the short end of a 13-11 score vs. Mary Washington on Wednesday afternoon. The Eagles Brent Steffey belted a three-run home run in the top of the eighth that proved to be the difference. CUA falls to 12-10 following the loss and Mary Washington ups its record to 19-11.
The Eagles scored a single run in the top of the first to go in front 1-0 and then took a 5-0 lead with four runs in the top of the second.
CUA got on the board for the first time in the bottom of the second with three runs to close to within 5-3. Dimitri Deoudes led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tommy Bowles then drove him in with a single for the Cardinals first run.
Kory Smigocki was up nest and he bunted Bowles over to second and Tim Mierzwa followed with an RBI double. With two outs Marc Hanna came to the plate and he ripped a single to plate Mierzwa and make it a 5-3 game.
In the bottom of the third CUA took its first lead of the day with three more runs. Chris McCloud's single drove home Dave Grear to make it 5-4 and Bowles' ground out to second base plated McCloud to tie things at five.
A two out single by Mierzwa then brought home Deoudes and the Cardinals were in front 6-5.
The Eagles scored once in the fifth to tie the score at six, but CUA exploded for five runs in the sixth to take an 11-6 lead. The Cardinals did all their damage with two outs beginning with L.J. Travaglia's double to left field that brought home Mierzwa.
Grear followed with a blast to right field that hit off the base of the fence and that plated Matt Grieb and Travaglia. McCloud was next and he crushed a pitch to center field that wound up being a triple and brought in Grear to make it 10-6. Deoudes then finished off the scoring with a double down the right field line to put CUA in front by five after six innings.
Mary Washington got three back in the top half of the seventh and that made it an 11-9 game.
The Eagles then plated three runs in the eighth to go in front 12-11. Jake Rudman led the inning off with a walk and Mitchell Herringshaw followed with a single to put runners on first and second.
After Hanna retired the next two hitters, Steffey stepped to the dish. Hanna's first two pitches were off the mark so McCloud went out to visit his pitcher, but the very next pitch was sent over the left field fence by Steffey to put the Eagles in front 12-11.
Mary Washington added one more run in the ninth and CUA was unable to get any offense going its last two times at bat.
Jake Black earned the win for the Eagles after he went 1.2 innings, struck out three and did not surrender a run. Torey Mancari worked 1.2 innings and allowed just a single hit as he got the save for Mary Washington.
Hanna suffered the loss for the Cardinals after he gave up four runs on four hits in two innings of work.
This weekend CUA heads to New York to take on Merchant Marine Academy in a three-game set. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.