Catholic Tops USMMA 6-5 in Series Finale

Catholic Tops USMMA 6-5 in Series Finale

Kings Point, N.Y. - The Catholic University of America baseball team won game three, with a final score of 6-5, of its Landmark Conference series with the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Sunday afternoon. The Cards split with the Mariners on Saturday afternoon, taking the series 2-1. 

Catholic sophomore Jake Crist was a powerhouse at the designated hitter during the nine-inning game. He went four-for-two from behind the plate, driving in four RBIs for the Cardinals, hitting third in their line up.

Freshman Mason Belcher started on the mound for Catholic and threw six innings while dealing six strikeouts. Freshman Collin Brown and junior Joe Kelly each gave relief, throwing one K each, while junior Joseph Salzano closed the game for his sixth save of 2016.

Crist put the Cards on the board early with an RBI-single in the first inning. He drove home junior Wyatt Schmidt, after Schmidt cracked a double down the left line.

The Mariners followed with a run in the bottom of the first, and the game would remain tied, 1-1, through the fourth inning.

In the top of the fifth the Cardinals opened the game up with four runs. With one out on the board, sophomore Matt Hsiung lobbed a single to left field, then placed himself in scoring position when he stole second. Freshman Ryan Tracy stepped to the plate next, driving Hsiung home on a single to right field. Tracy stole second, and then a pitch hit senior John Palladino, putting him on first.

Schmidt came up next, doubling down the left line, bringing Tracy home. Crist followed with a single up the middle as Schmidt and Palladino came across the plate. The Mariners were able to end the inning, but not before the Cards went ahead 5-0.

The Mariners brought another home in the bottom of the sixth, but the Cards increased their lead when Crist popped a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to score Palladino.

Trailing 6-2, USMMA rallied, scoring one in the eighth and two in the ninth, but came up short. After nine innings, Catholic came out on top, 6-5.

The Cardinals will host St. Mary's of Maryland at Robert J. Talbot Field on Tuesday, April 26, at 4 p.m.